Hello. I'm new to this site, but it looked like there were a lot of people on here with more experience with this stuff than I have. I started having chronic back pain a couple years ago. It started in my mid to lower back and would send pain down my left and right leg. My doctor initially thought it was a kidney stone or something or the sort. Put me on an antibiotic and sent me for a abdominal CT. All came back normal.. the small amounts of bacteria in my urine dissolved but the pain continued.. and progressively worsens as time goes by. After a lot of X-rays, more office visits and co-pays then I care to remember I was sent for an MRI. The results came back with herniated discs at T10-11 L4-5. With the disc at L5 apparently being in pretty bad shape. I was sent to 10 different doctors to get opinions for treatment.. neuro surgeons, orthos, ortho surgeons, pain mgt, physical therapist.. chiropractor. I have been poked.. prodded.. put on a wrack and stretched. Twisted up like a pretzel and had needles shoved into my tailbone. All to have every single doctor tell me something different and send me some where else. The only thing that helped with the pain temporarily was the steroid epidural injections, but I really didn't like the pain mgt doctor I was referred to. It's been two years and it just seems to get worse and worse while the doctors disagree with whats wrong. I have a very patient PCP who keeps trying and actually went to a consult with me at one point. I'm 30 years old and sometimes can't walk. My left leg will go numb and I'll fall. If I'm on my feet walking around for more than an hour I get this horrible pain in my tailbone region that makes it impossible for me to sit down or stand up without assistance.. and 10 different doctors all say something different. While I've given up on any of them deciding to fix the discs.. I am hoping to find a pain mgt doc that I at least like since I will apparently be seeing him for a long time. I don't know if anyone on here is from Florida, but if there is.. and you've come across a pain guy that you love.. or hate.. I'll take any and all feedback. I don't care where in the state he is I'll travel. I just want to be able to have some comfort in all this. Thank you for your time and opinions in advance.
It sure sounds like a run around! I know this is probably a dumb question but....have you seen a good spine surgeon? One that specializes in just the back and neck? Because he/she would tell you that the pain issues running down your leg are related to your L5. It also is telling me that you have a nerve that is being comprimised by your disc and it is causing the pain in your lower back. I've been there, done that, have the cane to prove it!
Please get into a spine surgeon. He can offer help..and there are meds for the nerve pain that help control the leg issues. Neurontin, Topomax, Lyrica are the big three.....
We lived in the panhandle for three years, but it was15 years ago so I am no help as far as doctors are.
How frustrating. I'm sorry you are having so much trouble.
I have been dealing with this back pain and nerve damage for many years now. I had surgery - actually 2 of them, in 2005. While these surgeries helped with some of the specific things, they did not resolve all my issues. I know there are still issues that need resolved and will require more surgery. I will definitely be returning to my Neurosurgeon, Dr. John Stevenson.
Dr Stevenson is located in Gainseville, Florida. He was awesome and I found his staff is the best I've ever encountered. My attorney recommended him to me. I am happy to pass along his name.
Dr Stevenson did my 3-level cervical spine fusion then 3 months later did my 2-level lumbar fusion. He is honest and will not suggest surgery if it isn't needed or if it is not yet needed.
I have also needed Pain Management. While I have encountered a couple of real flakes, I have also seen a few awesome PM Specialists.
Reasons for changing Specialists:
1. Insurance changes//dr not in network
2. Dr. retired
Dr. Margurita Correa-Perez is in Clermont, Florida
Dr. Amy Clunn is in Ocala and The Villages, Florida.
I am not comfortable providing the name of the one Pain Management doctor I refused to return to. My advice to you is that if you are not comfortable or if the doctor is unable to sit still, cannot speak without constantly repeating that he "counts pills" ie 4 times in one 10 minute consultation; and ridicules you for bringing a binder with all medical reports, and was eager to write you a script that moment for something different (if you brought along your current meds) ---- well, he likely isn't someone you want to continue seeing.
I don't know if these doctors are close enough to help you but I do hope you are able to find answers and relief soon.
i was in fl. 2004-2007
don't have much time right now , but we do share a lot.
i know a very good clinic it's in light house point.
which i think is a suburb of a city.
i am sorry at this moment i cannot remember the name , but i am going to find my box of records and get it.
this is my 1st time on this site i check the place to allow members to e-mail me , but i don't know all the rules yet .
if i can put my e-mail on this , and i don't want to put a good doctors name online for every pill abuser to see.
i hope you can reply to me directly.