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Old 01-21-2005, 02:33 PM   #1
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Unhappy pain since childhood

I am aged 55 and have had lower back pain since childhood. Before I was even in school I couldn't go to sleep until my mother rubbed my back. At that time it would hurt when I laid down and relaxed. I think it may have been spasms causing the pain. The situation has just gotten worse over the years with wear and tear and strain. I am a gardener and worked in a book store lifting heavy loads for years. I got so bad that I had to retire about 15 years ago. I had put on almost 100 pounds and that really took its toll on my back. I had a whiplash injury about 25 years ago and sought help from an osteopath. He cracked my back and I immediately felt severe pain in the center of my spine. I have had a lot of pain from that ever since. I also have tendenitis in my arm joints, arthritis in my hips and knees and bursitis in my left hip. I have run the gamit from doctor to doctor. I've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and then everything is attributed to that. CAT scan of lower spine showed slight stenosis at L-5 and some degeneration of the discs. An MRI of thoracic spine showed nothing significant. These were taken many years ago. When I talk to doctors and tell them all my symptoms I see their eyes glaze over. They actually ask me what part hurts the worst as if that is the only thing they will address. Then they just say that I should go to a pain clinic. They don't seem to realize that all the body parts are connected and impact each other. I also have hyperpronation in my feet and wear orthodics which helps my knee pain. In fact, all my joints are very flexible. I've heard that hyperflexion has been recognized as a medical problem. I also seem to heal very slowly or not at all after injuring joints. Do you think I was just born with a bad body? Anyone have any suggestions for where I should go from here? Thanks for any help you can give.

 
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Old 01-22-2005, 06:04 PM   #2
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Re: pain since childhood

Personally, I would find a good orthopedic spine specialist. Someone who can treat the arthritis problems as well as the spinal problems. But don't settle for the first one you see unless he is personable as well as knowledgeable. You want a dr. who knows what he is doing but who also treats you like a human being and who wants to help you. Believe me, it isn't unusual to have to see 3 or 4 or even more until you find the right dr. If you ask around, you might be able to get some referrals from friends or friends of friends.

Good luck.

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