Chronic Back Pain for Years

Posted by jlfisher56 @jlfisher56, May 2, 2017

6 back surgeries (extensive cervical and lumbar fusions) with neurological complications. Left with chronic pain. Accident happened in Nursing career 1992 and worked with first fusions until 1999 (failed fusions). At my age, and as a former nurse educator, I never wanted to had to rely on medication/s for the severe pain. Having thoroughly exhausted exploring sites using non-pharmaceutical methods, using psychological methods, biofeedback, trying to accept my limitations, i.e., I still believe somewhere…out there…is hope. The strong medicine has caused gastroparesis, further complicating my health problems. They are too numerous to write and I will not focus on them. I am looking for “help” and guidance. If I can be of assistance to anyone throughout their trials, (perhaps similar to some of what I have gone through), I will.

@jlfisher56

Thank you Justin and I gladly will share my story if it can help anyone. It is very lenghty so I will try to keep it as abbreviated as possible but to the point. I can understand some of what physical therapy you “might” have gone through post-op with an ankle fusion (had a total rt knee and lt hip replacement). You are correct…long and hard.
I injured my back as a nurse involving a patient. For 2 years I was misdiagnosed as a “lumbar strain” when actually it was a cervical cord compression at C5 to C7. I did have a slight herniation at L4 and slippage and most pain seemed to come from there. My bowel and bladder were affected, legs were weak and arms. I worked in the NICU as “light-duty” using a special back brace but over 2 years continually symptoms became worse. The head of physical therapy stated my EMG showed more from the cervical or upper thorax than lumbar. I started to pronounced arm weakness, neck pain,and cervical headaches. The physiatrist stated, “I tell the doctors to always check the whole back because often the problem is coming elsewhere and not where the patient’s pain is.” My doctor “knew” better and thought MS but the MRI was negative.
To shorten the story, I went to the”pioneer of back surgery” in Philadelphia (an orthopedic surgeon I knew) and saw his neurologist. First glance he noticed in my face the abnormal jaw reflex and the change in the curvature of my neck into an “L” shape. I had almost a “total” compression C5-C6 and C6-C7 just about as bad. My doctor stated I should have been dead or a quadriplegic and was amazed I was even walking. I had an anterior fusion 2 years after my initial injury (1994) and then the slippage and herniation L4-L5 worsened (I was working part-time as an instructor at my hospital).
I needed trimming L4 and fusion L5-S1 with hardware posterior in 1995 and kept working. My symptoms improved with some neurological deficits remaining but not that severe. Pain only when walking too much and not taking enough breaks. As time went on, I started have all the original symptoms reoccur.
I had what is called a “failed” fusion. My fusions were unstable and areas above and below were herniating or impinging nerves. The peripheral nerves to arms, legs, bowel and bladder and now increasing pain happening more and more were becoming constant. In 1998, thorough testing (discogram, MRIs, EMGs, i.e demonstrated I had a “bad” back). I almost fell off the litter when the x-ray doctor told me.
These were extensive and because of years of the “failure”, permenant nerve damage has remained even though some did get better. I had a posterior cervical fusion C4-C7 and 6 weeks later anterior cages and posterior fusion L3-S1 Lumbar area. I developed a post-op hematoma and infection of the lumbar fusion which worsened the neurogenic bowel and I needed 2 bowel operations and am left with a functioning colon but only 18 cm. The neurogenic bladder did become better in time.
I am sorry this is so lengthy but if I can help anyone, just a little more. I know length can turn people off! I developed scar tissue in the spinal cord arachnoiditis (lumbar area found in my testing before my refusions) that causes a lot of chronic pain, had nerve pain and chronic pain, which worsened as the years have gone by. Due to the nerve damage to my bowel, plus certaain medications, gastroparesis (decreased contraction of the nerves to the stomach) which can be very serious. I had botox to the LES plus take medicine to help the stomach to contract. Also, my fusion healed crooked, and I have “torticollis” (very painful), and get botox every 3 months. Many of my problems went undiagnosed for years, thus causing permanence of my symptoms to some degree.
I do apologize for the length. I do not want to bore or act like I have it worse than others. If I can help anyone or if anyone can help me. I greatly would appreciate it. I have tried many “mental” and “physical’ therapies plus my TENS unit as an adjuvant but still need my chronic pain and gastric medications. Some of the chronic pain medications are continuing to “destroy” the stomach nerves which really upsets me. I’d love to get off everything but after all these years and all the complications, am loosing hope. I keep praying.
Best to you with your ankle. I am sure you have your good days as well as bad and the “weather” isn’t always your friend. It is funny how so many have told me they can predict the weather from their “bone” injuries and I must agree LOL. Take care. Joan

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@robin33330
I am so sorry you are having such issues that it has interfered with your quality of life. Although I am not as young as you, I am facing that, too.
I am not a medical expert, but I'd like to tell you some of the things I have done, experienced or have been told that might help you.
I am 63 years old and I've been experiencing chronic pain for over 40 years, in one form or another. My issues began with TMJ and Fibromyalgia. Once the Fibro began, my body pains began. I WAS also morbidly obese. I am on Medicare disability and Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO.
I've been seeing a pain specialist for many years at the recommendation of my orthopedist who was managing my knee pains with injections of Synvex. When I the shots no longer worked and other pains started, she suggested seeing a pain specialist. She had one in mind. Long story short, I went to 5 pain docs before I found someone who was able to help me.

When I moved to Florida, I had a recommendation for a pain doc. I tried him but he did not help. I took matters into my own hands and did lots of research. I needed someone who would accept my Medicare and BC/BS. I found him but he was approx. 1 1/2 hours away. He gave me mostly lumbar injections but also treated my cervical pain when they began. He worked wonders with my lumbar pain. I would get anywhere between 5-12 weeks relief (as long as I watched myself). I've had facet injections, steroid injections and radio ablation (cauterizing nerve ends). All this worked for the last 4 years until about 4 months ago. Nothing helped my cervical or lumbar spine.

Other things I've done:
1. lost 80 pounds so that did help.
2. I've done PT (both aquatic and land).
3 Chiropractor
4. Therapeutic massage
5. Accupuncture with cupping

Most of these things worked for a given amount of time. When everything stopped working about 4 months ago, I opted to go see a neurosurgeon. We decided to do my cervical spine first since I was getting very bad headaches every morning that woke me up. My surgeon prefers to replace effected discs with artificial ones. He said that with a fusion, the weight impacts the lower discs and have a domino effect that would require more surgery. Not if, but when. So about 14 weeks ago, I had 5/6 replaced. I did very well and healed so quickly that by week 6 I was in PT. However, my lumbar was still an issue.

I feel twice in 2 weeks. The second one, although it did not do anything to the new discs, it irritated the nerves in my neck. I just started getting headaches, again. I will discuss this with the pain doc in a couple of weeks. I am now working on my lumbar 3/4 discs. I am back in PT to try to make my core stronger. I will have surgery on my lumbar spine for 5/6. There are 2 techniques. I will know which one after I finish with PT and I take a special kind of an xray.

Sorry this is so long, but I wanted to share with you the process and to let you know that 'one size fits all' does not work. Each of us are different. Different meds, surgeries, PT, exercise, etc. works differently on each person. You need to find what will work for you. It is really a good idea to find a good pain doc. Do YOUR OWN RESEARCH. Once you find a pain doc, call them to see if they accept your insurance. Often, lists provided by your insurance company are not complete. That is why I suggest you do your own research.

I hope this helps you. BTW……I also lost 80 pounds which has helped a lot.

Best of Luck!!!!
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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@lifetime

Have been having constant severe lower back pain for past 7 years with increasing numbness/weakness down right leg. I have asked my doctor for many years to please order an MRI so we can see what is going on. He says over and over that it is not needed. He finally relented about a week ago, as I am now (as of a few months back) in a wheelchair 24/7 due to unbearable back pain. My doctor has given me nothing for pain nor ever given me any type of muscle relaxers. He said it best, "to tough it out". He also will not refer me to specialist as he says this is not necessary either..
Results of my MRI:

"L1-L2: No significant disc bulge. No spinal canal stenosis or neuroforaminal narrowing.

L3-L4: Diffuse disc bulge with superimposed right subarticular zone disc extrusion, with approximately 11 mm caudal migration of disc material.
There is bilateral facet arthropathy and facet effusions. There is spinal canal stenosis, primarily secondary to disc bulge. There is narrowing of the lateral recesses bilaterally, with abutment of the descending right L4 nerve roots.
There is severe right neural foraminal narrowing.

L4-L5: Broad-based disc bulge. There is moderate bilateral facet arthropathy. There is moderate right neural foraminal narrowing.

L5-S1: Broad-based disc bulge.. Moderate bilateral facet arthropathy with facet effusions bilaterally. Moderate bilateral neural foraminal narrowing, greater the right.

S1-S2: Broad-based disc bulge. Severe bilateral facet arthropathy, with a left facet effusion. Extraforaminal synovial cysts are noted to project anterolaterally from the left facet joint, with significant encroachment upon the exiting nerve roots. There is an additional small synovial cyst projecting inferiorly from the facet joint. Mild right and moderate left neural foraminal narrowing."
END OF MRI REPORT.

Please, please help. I don't know where to turn, and I don't even begin to understand the MRI results. My doctor just told me , "Nothing to worry about."
But pain increases daily and I have no quality of life.

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@lifetime Your MRI looks a great deal like mine. I was referred to a pain clinic years ago. I am having trouble recently because my pain medicine is not working as well as it was so we are talking about switching it. But my goodness, you MUST get to a pain specialist and/or orthopedist. Whatever you do, don't submit to a back surgery anytime soon. You need to exhaust your non-surgical options first and there are a lot of them. I have the same chronic burning down my leg and have several bulging discs and stenosis along with scoliosis and facet issues. Did not know I had any of this until about 10 years ago when the pain got really bad. You would not know it to look at me. I so agree with the other folks here who have told you to stand up for yourself and let them know you need to see someone who can look at your MRI and explain it to you so you can understand your pain and be a better advocate for yourself. Find out in your town who the best pain management people are as well as the best orthopedic people who specialize in spinal issues . If you can self refer great. If not, then maybe a visit on your own dime if at all possible is a good investment. At least you will then have more information about your issues and know what to ask for and be able to back it up. I so feel for you. No one should have to go through this kind of pain and be treated like you have been–with such disregard. Anyone who looks at your MRI will know that you are not a "problem patient". Just because they are understaffed does not mean that you don't deserve to be treated with respect. Please keep all of us posted on your progress. You are not alone and we are on your side.

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@lifetime

Have been having constant severe lower back pain for past 7 years with increasing numbness/weakness down right leg. I have asked my doctor for many years to please order an MRI so we can see what is going on. He says over and over that it is not needed. He finally relented about a week ago, as I am now (as of a few months back) in a wheelchair 24/7 due to unbearable back pain. My doctor has given me nothing for pain nor ever given me any type of muscle relaxers. He said it best, "to tough it out". He also will not refer me to specialist as he says this is not necessary either..
Results of my MRI:

"L1-L2: No significant disc bulge. No spinal canal stenosis or neuroforaminal narrowing.

L3-L4: Diffuse disc bulge with superimposed right subarticular zone disc extrusion, with approximately 11 mm caudal migration of disc material.
There is bilateral facet arthropathy and facet effusions. There is spinal canal stenosis, primarily secondary to disc bulge. There is narrowing of the lateral recesses bilaterally, with abutment of the descending right L4 nerve roots.
There is severe right neural foraminal narrowing.

L4-L5: Broad-based disc bulge. There is moderate bilateral facet arthropathy. There is moderate right neural foraminal narrowing.

L5-S1: Broad-based disc bulge.. Moderate bilateral facet arthropathy with facet effusions bilaterally. Moderate bilateral neural foraminal narrowing, greater the right.

S1-S2: Broad-based disc bulge. Severe bilateral facet arthropathy, with a left facet effusion. Extraforaminal synovial cysts are noted to project anterolaterally from the left facet joint, with significant encroachment upon the exiting nerve roots. There is an additional small synovial cyst projecting inferiorly from the facet joint. Mild right and moderate left neural foraminal narrowing."
END OF MRI REPORT.

Please, please help. I don't know where to turn, and I don't even begin to understand the MRI results. My doctor just told me , "Nothing to worry about."
But pain increases daily and I have no quality of life.

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@lifetime, first, thank you for serving in the Armed Forces. Second, your MRI is very much similar to mine only mine involves L4, L5, S1, S2, and S3. And third, I totally agree with @lioness, @tennessegirl, and gailg, as shown below. I'm unfamiliar with VA rules, but are you old enough for medicare? If so, based on your MRI perhaps you can just find our own doctor without a referral. What you have been put through with the VA I find unforgivable. I go to my PCP. She no longer prescribes opiods. But she is working with me to do everything she can to help my back pain. I wish I could be of more help. But please don't give up, and please remember we are here pulling for you. Good luck. And please stay in touch with the group. @cognac

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@lifetime

Have been having constant severe lower back pain for past 7 years with increasing numbness/weakness down right leg. I have asked my doctor for many years to please order an MRI so we can see what is going on. He says over and over that it is not needed. He finally relented about a week ago, as I am now (as of a few months back) in a wheelchair 24/7 due to unbearable back pain. My doctor has given me nothing for pain nor ever given me any type of muscle relaxers. He said it best, "to tough it out". He also will not refer me to specialist as he says this is not necessary either..
Results of my MRI:

"L1-L2: No significant disc bulge. No spinal canal stenosis or neuroforaminal narrowing.

L3-L4: Diffuse disc bulge with superimposed right subarticular zone disc extrusion, with approximately 11 mm caudal migration of disc material.
There is bilateral facet arthropathy and facet effusions. There is spinal canal stenosis, primarily secondary to disc bulge. There is narrowing of the lateral recesses bilaterally, with abutment of the descending right L4 nerve roots.
There is severe right neural foraminal narrowing.

L4-L5: Broad-based disc bulge. There is moderate bilateral facet arthropathy. There is moderate right neural foraminal narrowing.

L5-S1: Broad-based disc bulge.. Moderate bilateral facet arthropathy with facet effusions bilaterally. Moderate bilateral neural foraminal narrowing, greater the right.

S1-S2: Broad-based disc bulge. Severe bilateral facet arthropathy, with a left facet effusion. Extraforaminal synovial cysts are noted to project anterolaterally from the left facet joint, with significant encroachment upon the exiting nerve roots. There is an additional small synovial cyst projecting inferiorly from the facet joint. Mild right and moderate left neural foraminal narrowing."
END OF MRI REPORT.

Please, please help. I don't know where to turn, and I don't even begin to understand the MRI results. My doctor just told me , "Nothing to worry about."
But pain increases daily and I have no quality of life.

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@lifetime Thank you for your service I live in a Sr. Build alot of veterans here One man got a civilian Dr.when he was very discouraged by the VA you can get a civilian Dr.there's no law says you cant I feel so sorry for you Just because you have serviced your our country doesn't mean you have to stay with the VA Wish you the best .

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@lisalucier

Hello, @2011panc — so glad your lumbar surgery removing the facet between L2-L3 and fusing the joints has been successful and that your arthritic spurs pressing on your nerve root are now gone.

Sounds like your residual muscle pain following the surgery has been pretty intense. It also sounds as though you are taking a lot of wise steps to reduce that, with the deep tissue massage, stretching, PT and dry needling.

I moved your post here, where many members have talked about back pain and in some cases, lumbar surgery. I'm also tagging other members like @missysue @bittermonkmt @jkrauss @tonydi @twokitties @ladyjane85 @maxiesmom @marield65@briansr @commongood @19lin @gailb @mand2900 who have talked about lumbar surgery to encourage them to share about their recovery stories (or those of a loved one) and any tips they may have to relax the back muscles and how long that may have taken after surgery. @sandytoes14 may also have some insights.

Which modality have you found helps the most so far, @2011panc, with relaxing your back muscles?

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@lisalucier I was desperate to get off the opioids, so I was looking for everything I could think of to rehab my muscles. My husband's massages were the first step. He would put pressure on the spots I indicated and then try to push the knot out, following my directions. Once I was able to get in for a massage, the professional deep tissue massage was also very helpful at addressing the most painful knots. My husband went looking for other interventions and borrowed a tens unit and several vibrators. The tens unit helped only minimally and the vibrators not at all. He did pick up several types of Aspercreme, which is actually lidocaine and not aspirin. The Aspercreme patches worked the best for me. When I was finally released to begin physical therapy it was difficult to make any progress because of the intense muscle spasms and the therapist offered dry needling. The dry needling was what actually helped the most when combined with stretching exercises and ice. It was painful, but nothing near the continued pain I had been living with for months. Following the treatments there was so much relief over the next 2 to 3 days that I absolutely think it was worth the initial pain.

Now I am almost completely pain free every day and so grateful to be so. Stretching and walking are absolutely the best for me. I am so pleased to be able to report that I can now prepare a simple meal and walk 2000-3000 steps at a time. Just 2 short months ago I was almost bed bound. I still have weakness and fatigue, but am overall so much better and encouraged to keep improving.

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@lifetime

Have been having constant severe lower back pain for past 7 years with increasing numbness/weakness down right leg. I have asked my doctor for many years to please order an MRI so we can see what is going on. He says over and over that it is not needed. He finally relented about a week ago, as I am now (as of a few months back) in a wheelchair 24/7 due to unbearable back pain. My doctor has given me nothing for pain nor ever given me any type of muscle relaxers. He said it best, "to tough it out". He also will not refer me to specialist as he says this is not necessary either..
Results of my MRI:

"L1-L2: No significant disc bulge. No spinal canal stenosis or neuroforaminal narrowing.

L3-L4: Diffuse disc bulge with superimposed right subarticular zone disc extrusion, with approximately 11 mm caudal migration of disc material.
There is bilateral facet arthropathy and facet effusions. There is spinal canal stenosis, primarily secondary to disc bulge. There is narrowing of the lateral recesses bilaterally, with abutment of the descending right L4 nerve roots.
There is severe right neural foraminal narrowing.

L4-L5: Broad-based disc bulge. There is moderate bilateral facet arthropathy. There is moderate right neural foraminal narrowing.

L5-S1: Broad-based disc bulge.. Moderate bilateral facet arthropathy with facet effusions bilaterally. Moderate bilateral neural foraminal narrowing, greater the right.

S1-S2: Broad-based disc bulge. Severe bilateral facet arthropathy, with a left facet effusion. Extraforaminal synovial cysts are noted to project anterolaterally from the left facet joint, with significant encroachment upon the exiting nerve roots. There is an additional small synovial cyst projecting inferiorly from the facet joint. Mild right and moderate left neural foraminal narrowing."
END OF MRI REPORT.

Please, please help. I don't know where to turn, and I don't even begin to understand the MRI results. My doctor just told me , "Nothing to worry about."
But pain increases daily and I have no quality of life.

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@lifetime…. Ah…the VA. Don't let them intimidate you. You have the same rights and deserve proper care!! And let me say I completely understand how you feel. Like doing nothing…especially dealing with problems such as this…even going to the Dr. Surely you have someone to help you deal with this..to lean on provide ..mental support close to you!!! Don't let them intimidate you. I am here for you ..everybody on this website is here for you. Maybe another Veteran is reading this too. There are ways to send private messsages if someone reaches out…so you may find someone from your state on here. Problems w the VAare legendary should be the last place with problems getting treatment. Try not to get discouraged and don't give up

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Thank you all, so deeply, with all my heart. I can't even begin to put into words how very grateful and comforted I feel to have found someone who truly cares!!
I do not know if I can ever find a way (out of pocket) for myself to see a doctor, but you know, it is a dream full of hope that I can work on every single day!
I next see my VA doctor in about 2 weeks. I will make sure and keep you updated!
I can't imagine eating, getting into my wheelchair, waking up and going to bed without unbearable pain. It is the very last thing I feel at night as I fight to get to sleep, and the first thing I am hit with that wakes me every single morning.
I just really feel for all of you who are having or have had very similar and even worst pain. How I wish I could help you!!!

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@lifetime

Have been having constant severe lower back pain for past 7 years with increasing numbness/weakness down right leg. I have asked my doctor for many years to please order an MRI so we can see what is going on. He says over and over that it is not needed. He finally relented about a week ago, as I am now (as of a few months back) in a wheelchair 24/7 due to unbearable back pain. My doctor has given me nothing for pain nor ever given me any type of muscle relaxers. He said it best, "to tough it out". He also will not refer me to specialist as he says this is not necessary either..
Results of my MRI:

"L1-L2: No significant disc bulge. No spinal canal stenosis or neuroforaminal narrowing.

L3-L4: Diffuse disc bulge with superimposed right subarticular zone disc extrusion, with approximately 11 mm caudal migration of disc material.
There is bilateral facet arthropathy and facet effusions. There is spinal canal stenosis, primarily secondary to disc bulge. There is narrowing of the lateral recesses bilaterally, with abutment of the descending right L4 nerve roots.
There is severe right neural foraminal narrowing.

L4-L5: Broad-based disc bulge. There is moderate bilateral facet arthropathy. There is moderate right neural foraminal narrowing.

L5-S1: Broad-based disc bulge.. Moderate bilateral facet arthropathy with facet effusions bilaterally. Moderate bilateral neural foraminal narrowing, greater the right.

S1-S2: Broad-based disc bulge. Severe bilateral facet arthropathy, with a left facet effusion. Extraforaminal synovial cysts are noted to project anterolaterally from the left facet joint, with significant encroachment upon the exiting nerve roots. There is an additional small synovial cyst projecting inferiorly from the facet joint. Mild right and moderate left neural foraminal narrowing."
END OF MRI REPORT.

Please, please help. I don't know where to turn, and I don't even begin to understand the MRI results. My doctor just told me , "Nothing to worry about."
But pain increases daily and I have no quality of life.

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@ cognac. She needs our support badly. I find it unforgivable as well. I hope she finds someone thru the group in her state also dealing w the VA! Thank you.

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@lifetime

Thank you all, so deeply, with all my heart. I can't even begin to put into words how very grateful and comforted I feel to have found someone who truly cares!!
I do not know if I can ever find a way (out of pocket) for myself to see a doctor, but you know, it is a dream full of hope that I can work on every single day!
I next see my VA doctor in about 2 weeks. I will make sure and keep you updated!
I can't imagine eating, getting into my wheelchair, waking up and going to bed without unbearable pain. It is the very last thing I feel at night as I fight to get to sleep, and the first thing I am hit with that wakes me every single morning.
I just really feel for all of you who are having or have had very similar and even worst pain. How I wish I could help you!!!

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Yes! Stay in touch. We are all here for you , as you can see.

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@lifetime

Thank you all, so deeply, with all my heart. I can't even begin to put into words how very grateful and comforted I feel to have found someone who truly cares!!
I do not know if I can ever find a way (out of pocket) for myself to see a doctor, but you know, it is a dream full of hope that I can work on every single day!
I next see my VA doctor in about 2 weeks. I will make sure and keep you updated!
I can't imagine eating, getting into my wheelchair, waking up and going to bed without unbearable pain. It is the very last thing I feel at night as I fight to get to sleep, and the first thing I am hit with that wakes me every single morning.
I just really feel for all of you who are having or have had very similar and even worst pain. How I wish I could help you!!!

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We are here to help each other! Please stay in touch with the group.

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@lifetime

Have been having constant severe lower back pain for past 7 years with increasing numbness/weakness down right leg. I have asked my doctor for many years to please order an MRI so we can see what is going on. He says over and over that it is not needed. He finally relented about a week ago, as I am now (as of a few months back) in a wheelchair 24/7 due to unbearable back pain. My doctor has given me nothing for pain nor ever given me any type of muscle relaxers. He said it best, "to tough it out". He also will not refer me to specialist as he says this is not necessary either..
Results of my MRI:

"L1-L2: No significant disc bulge. No spinal canal stenosis or neuroforaminal narrowing.

L3-L4: Diffuse disc bulge with superimposed right subarticular zone disc extrusion, with approximately 11 mm caudal migration of disc material.
There is bilateral facet arthropathy and facet effusions. There is spinal canal stenosis, primarily secondary to disc bulge. There is narrowing of the lateral recesses bilaterally, with abutment of the descending right L4 nerve roots.
There is severe right neural foraminal narrowing.

L4-L5: Broad-based disc bulge. There is moderate bilateral facet arthropathy. There is moderate right neural foraminal narrowing.

L5-S1: Broad-based disc bulge.. Moderate bilateral facet arthropathy with facet effusions bilaterally. Moderate bilateral neural foraminal narrowing, greater the right.

S1-S2: Broad-based disc bulge. Severe bilateral facet arthropathy, with a left facet effusion. Extraforaminal synovial cysts are noted to project anterolaterally from the left facet joint, with significant encroachment upon the exiting nerve roots. There is an additional small synovial cyst projecting inferiorly from the facet joint. Mild right and moderate left neural foraminal narrowing."
END OF MRI REPORT.

Please, please help. I don't know where to turn, and I don't even begin to understand the MRI results. My doctor just told me , "Nothing to worry about."
But pain increases daily and I have no quality of life.

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I love hearing people saying/writing, "Thank you for your Service". I will NEVER get tired of it. Each time, I hear it, I walk a little taller, feel a little stronger and live my life a little more blessed. THANK YOU so much!!

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@lifetime

Thank you all, so deeply, with all my heart. I can't even begin to put into words how very grateful and comforted I feel to have found someone who truly cares!!
I do not know if I can ever find a way (out of pocket) for myself to see a doctor, but you know, it is a dream full of hope that I can work on every single day!
I next see my VA doctor in about 2 weeks. I will make sure and keep you updated!
I can't imagine eating, getting into my wheelchair, waking up and going to bed without unbearable pain. It is the very last thing I feel at night as I fight to get to sleep, and the first thing I am hit with that wakes me every single morning.
I just really feel for all of you who are having or have had very similar and even worst pain. How I wish I could help you!!!

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I wood reckmin

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I wood reck amin you to enny one my first time there in every one was very nice in the Nerst was very nice in she explained everything to me that I cood under Stan in the Doctor was also selfexsplabow to me I new wat to expect wen I return, God bless you all,

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@lifetime

Have been having constant severe lower back pain for past 7 years with increasing numbness/weakness down right leg. I have asked my doctor for many years to please order an MRI so we can see what is going on. He says over and over that it is not needed. He finally relented about a week ago, as I am now (as of a few months back) in a wheelchair 24/7 due to unbearable back pain. My doctor has given me nothing for pain nor ever given me any type of muscle relaxers. He said it best, "to tough it out". He also will not refer me to specialist as he says this is not necessary either..
Results of my MRI:

"L1-L2: No significant disc bulge. No spinal canal stenosis or neuroforaminal narrowing.

L3-L4: Diffuse disc bulge with superimposed right subarticular zone disc extrusion, with approximately 11 mm caudal migration of disc material.
There is bilateral facet arthropathy and facet effusions. There is spinal canal stenosis, primarily secondary to disc bulge. There is narrowing of the lateral recesses bilaterally, with abutment of the descending right L4 nerve roots.
There is severe right neural foraminal narrowing.

L4-L5: Broad-based disc bulge. There is moderate bilateral facet arthropathy. There is moderate right neural foraminal narrowing.

L5-S1: Broad-based disc bulge.. Moderate bilateral facet arthropathy with facet effusions bilaterally. Moderate bilateral neural foraminal narrowing, greater the right.

S1-S2: Broad-based disc bulge. Severe bilateral facet arthropathy, with a left facet effusion. Extraforaminal synovial cysts are noted to project anterolaterally from the left facet joint, with significant encroachment upon the exiting nerve roots. There is an additional small synovial cyst projecting inferiorly from the facet joint. Mild right and moderate left neural foraminal narrowing."
END OF MRI REPORT.

Please, please help. I don't know where to turn, and I don't even begin to understand the MRI results. My doctor just told me , "Nothing to worry about."
But pain increases daily and I have no quality of life.

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@lifetime your welcome I still can't believe that Dr.you should write a letter to the VA in Washington what that Dr.did to you is unconscionable I pray you get a Dr.who can help you Hugs Linda keep us posted we are here for you

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Thank you all, so deeply, with all my heart. I can't even begin to put into words how very grateful and comforted I feel to have found someone who truly cares!!
I do not know if I can ever find a way (out of pocket) for myself to see a doctor, but you know, it is a dream full of hope that I can work on every single day!
I next see my VA doctor in about 2 weeks. I will make sure and keep you updated!
I can't imagine eating, getting into my wheelchair, waking up and going to bed without unbearable pain. It is the very last thing I feel at night as I fight to get to sleep, and the first thing I am hit with that wakes me every single morning.
I just really feel for all of you who are having or have had very similar and even worst pain. How I wish I could help you!!!

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@lifetime until you get a good Dr.interested in you here are a few things we all do to help ourselves Use heating pad or hot shower linger i n it, ice , Tens unit to relax the muscles if they spasm on you . Some use Cannis drinks,drops capsules or rub for pain My Dr.gave me Tramadol for pain Tea, ginger-Tumeric tea from Trader Jo,s
These are suggestions

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