My MRI came back with no significant findings, just the standard compression that comes with being over 50. No narrowing of the spinal column anywhere, nothing looking out of place. So I'm now one of the 'unexplained' back problem people. I questioned my dr. again about a breast reduction and he said excessive breast weight usually causes lower back and upper neck and shoulder pain, not pain in the upper back. So . . . now what??
I've read 2 books about back pain that have both said the number one medical type practictioner to see for back pain is a Physiatrist. The books said more people with back pain have been helped by them, than any other medical practictioner or other professional. They suggested to skip the neurologist, the osteopath, and chiropractor and go straight to a Physiatrist. I've never heard of a Physiatrist. Anyone here have any experience with one?
Yep Im invovled with one now. He is type of doctor that does injections into differnet parts of the body. Normally when they inject meds inoto the body it is usally steriods. For me we have done SI joint, facet joint, now Tuesday I am doing a epiudural nerve block to my L5. They work for some (depending on problem) then again they don't work. I havnet had any luck with the first two so Im hoping this next one will do something. The procedure isn't painful either just some dis comfort. Hope I have help at least a lil bit
A Physiatrist is usually the doctor who handles long term pain management. Surgeons will send you there so they won't have to prescribe pain medicine long term. They are also better at finding the right combination and dose for your pain.