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Old 01-30-2013, 05:59 PM   #1
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Severe Back Pain

Hi - My boyfriend has been having severe back pain for the last couple of weeks. Of course he doesn't have insurance and we paid our fee to go see a doctor and they want to do x-rays, MRI's, a chiropractor, blood work, and send him to a specialist which is all going to get very expensive. He just explained to me that if he sits on the edge of a counter and puts the pressure on his spine the pain lessens. Could this be something a chiropractor could fix? We have been trying everything, any advice would be greatly appreciated.

 
Old 01-30-2013, 06:55 PM   #2
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Re: Severe Back Pain

HI, I myself would rather go to an ergent care or emergency room. They cant turn you down and you can get a charity to cover the cost thru the hospital. That way he can have an MRI done. I wish him and you the very best and please never feel bad that you havent enough money to cover the cost no one can squeez blood outof a turnup. GOOD LUCK. Keep us posted too. as ever Georgie.

 
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:35 PM   #3
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Re: Severe Back Pain

[QUOTE=Jasher;5125537]Hi - My boyfriend has been having severe back pain for the last couple of weeks. Of course he doesn't have insurance and we paid our fee to go see a doctor and they want to do x-rays, MRI's, a chiropractor, blood work, and send him to a specialist which is all going to get very expensive. He just explained to me that if he sits on the edge of a counter and puts the pressure on his spine the pain lessens. Could this be something a chiropractor could fix? We have been trying everything, any advice would be greatly appreciated.[/QUOTE]

Dear jasher, Welcome to the back board. Was your bf injured or what happened that made his back start to hurt? Does he have symptoms of nerve compression like radiating pain, numbness or pins & needles in the leg or foot? Im sorry that i cant answer your question without more info & really sorry that he is suffering & would like to help in any way that i can.

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Old 01-30-2013, 09:46 PM   #4
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[QUOTE=gmak;5125627]Dear jasher, Welcome to the back board. Was your bf injured or what happened that made his back start to hurt? Also, the dr recommended a chiro? Did the dr do xrays or give him a diagnosis? If it were me i would wonder if there were stability issues if the pressure of the counter edge brought relief. Does he have symptoms of nerve compression like radiating pain, numbness or pins & needles in the leg or foot? Sorry for all the questions but back pain can be caused by nerve compression or arthrosis & i am wondering which kind. Im sorry that he is having severe pain.[/QUOTE]

We can not recall an injury to his back at all. Yeap the docotr did recommend a chiropractor. We paid out of pocket to go to the doctor since he doesn't have insurance and all they did was give him a weak muscle relaxer for the spasm and a pain reliever. Stability issues? I guess I am new to all this. Just asked and there is no numbness or the "pins & needles" feeling. Please ask away...I appreciate your help.

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Old 01-30-2013, 10:12 PM   #5
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[QUOTE=Jasher;5125631]We can not recall an injury to his back at all. Yeap the docotr did recommend a chiropractor. We paid out of pocket to go to the doctor since he doesn't have insurance and all they did was give him a weak muscle relaxer for the spasm and a pain reliever. Stability issues? I guess I am new to all this. Just asked and there is no numbness or the "pins & needles" feeling. Please ask away...I appreciate your help.[/QUOTE]

Hi jasher, When i was 26 i was hurt & i had herniated discs & had all the symptoms of nerve compression so i had a lumbar laminectomy. Did the dr thinks that his pain is all muscular? When i went to a chiro for my neck they did do xrays but if he is in severe pain with no signs of nerve compression im sorry i think that he should do what the dr said. At home ice packs may help 20 mins on every hour making sure to protect the skin &/or heating pad, hot soaking bath helps me, otc anti inflammatories like ibuprofen, naproxen etc as long as no tummy problems. I hope that he gets better. Some catholic & county hospitals here take patients on a sliding scale basis according to how much can be paid also if he does require a specialist I would go to a spine only neurosurgeon or a practice limited to spine orthopedic surgeon because they not
only do surgery but can diagnose and treat spine injuries &
problems my son had this happen in college & he did all the things @ home like ibuprofen, heat, ice, etc & had to go to a spine orthopedic & that dr did an mri found a herniated disc, injected it under xray with steroid & it subsided & in 2 office visits my son was diagnosed, treated & back to normal! Thanks jasher.

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Old 01-31-2013, 03:28 AM   #6
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Ok. So I have an update. We just got hom from the ER. They did a urine test, took blood and did a CT. Comes to find out that the doctor says that he is just getting older, and that was all he said. When we got home I was reading over his "final report" from the CT and it claims that there is a Schmorl's Node on his Lumbar spine, which reading online about it can sometimes cause pain to where he would need surgery. Also there are large Anterior Osteophytes (bone spurs) on his Thoracic spine, whcih reading online about it can cause pain to where surgery would be needed also. I am personally kind of upset that the doctor didn't take time to explain this to us, also I am thinking a second opinion. Has anyone had either of these things?

 
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Re: Severe Back Pain

[QUOTE=Jasher;5125726]Ok. So I have an update. We just got hom from the ER. They did a urine test, took blood and did a CT. Comes to find out that the doctor says that he is just getting older, and that was all he said. When we got home I was reading over his "final report" from the CT and it claims that there is a Schmorl's Node on his Lumbar spine, which reading online about it can sometimes cause pain to where he would need surgery. Also there are large Anterior Osteophytes (bone spurs) on his Thoracic spine, whcih reading online about it can cause pain to where surgery would be needed also. I am personally kind of upset that the doctor didn't take time to explain this to us, also I am thinking a second opinion. Has anyone had either of these things?[/QUOTE]

Hi lasher, I have heard & read some explanations about the osteophytic ridges & bone spurs recently on the back problems board & schmorls node occasionally & if I were having this problem, from what i understand from reading the pain & treatment is similar to a herniated disc, i had 2 herniated discs & rest, heat, ice, muscle relaxers, anti inflammatories are the first line of treatment & if no improvement then if I were you I would see a spine specialist then a pain mgmt dr for diagnosis & treatment & i would try epidural steroid injections, TENS, PT to seek relief before i would try surgery as a last resort. I hope he gets better with conservative treatment & doesnt need surgery.

 
Old 02-01-2013, 09:13 AM   #8
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Re: Severe Back Pain

Hello, So sorry to hear about your boyfriend. It sounds like he has a pinched nerve due to a herniated disc & a bone sitting on his sciatic nerve. It is a shame with not having insurance but as one posted they do have charity's at Hospital. However you may be turned down. Also in your Post you mentioned him going to a Chiropractor. By no means am I telling you what to do but stay away from them due to the problems you described. I myself went to one and they are the reason I have had 12 surgeries. I feel his pain because it can become UN-bearable not only physically but mentally as well. Hope this go well with him.

 
Old 02-01-2013, 09:30 AM   #9
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It does not surprise me the things you spoke of in your post. Now a days anyone who goes to the ER in regards to back pain the 1st thing that comes to a Doctor mind is here is another one looking for a quick fix, (wanting Meds) and it pisses me off. I have had 13 back surgeries and to this day my life has change in many ways. I had to go to the ER in November due to a fall & the first think he mentioned was (we have a policy now that anyone having chronic pain will not be giving any narcotics of any kind). Boy was I ****** I would not want to wish living in 24/7 chronic pain to anyone but no one knows until the walk in our shoes. It also stated in my records that I have a laminectomy defect which I have researched & my Neuron surgeon told me that I had a shift in my spine causing the intense pain that I am dealing with everyday. So I guess it will be surgery # 14 before to long

 
Old 02-01-2013, 05:14 PM   #10
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[QUOTE=eaglewingll;5126464]Hello, So sorry to hear about your boyfriend. It sounds like he has a pinched nerve due to a herniated disc & a bone sitting on his sciatic nerve. It is a shame with not having insurance but as one posted they do have charity's at Hospital. However you may be turned down. Also in your Post you mentioned him going to a Chiropractor. By no means am I telling you what to do but stay away from them due to the problems you described. I myself went to one and they are the reason I have had 12 surgeries. I feel his pain because it can become UN-bearable not only physically but mentally as well. Hope this go well with him.[/QUOTE]

When they did the CT scan it says that that no fractures are evident, no subluxations, no disc bulging or herniation either so I doubt that it would be a herniated disc. However I was thinking of getting a second opinion.

 
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