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Old 03-16-2005, 08:33 AM   #1
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Please Help! Need a lay diagnosis.

OK, I have been to the doctor and didn't like what I heard so I thought I would try the internet for a second opinion!
I have had back pain for about a year and a half. It is dead center/lower back. It comes and goes but I have realized lately that it is triggered by standing all day and/or heavy lifting. Sometimes at work I have to stand all day but I haven't lifted anything heavy and it still activates the pain. The doctor told me it was a pulled muscle and gave me pain pills but I don't agree b/c it doesn't get better! I was an athelete in school and know what a pulled/strained muscle feels like and this isn't it. The pain is sometimes so bad that I can't bend over or stand up straight from a sitting position. I have even had to roll off the bed just to get out of it b/c I could'nt sit up. It doesn't feel like any kind of muscle pull that I have ever had. I told the doctor all of this but he evidently thinks I am a hypochondriac! But he is not the one suffering through this. Anyone have similar pain or know what this is?

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Old 03-16-2005, 08:57 AM   #2
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Re: Please Help! Need a lay diagnosis.

You'll find it's not at all uncommon for drs to want to blow off back pain I don't believe it's intentional but because the majority of people do heal in time and on their own but it is the minority like most of us here that it doesn't and we pay the price for that, we have to trust that we know our body and you need to find another dr and keep looking until you find one that takes your complaints serious and does the proper test to find out what your problem is and then steps to resolve it.
I'm sure most here will tell you the same about the begininng of their back problems about drs not taking it reral serious and telling them time just time will heal as I said in MOST cases it works out.
So keep looking for another dr til you find the one that works for you...
Best of luck.

Old 03-16-2005, 11:01 AM   #3
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Welcome to the boards - Linda's right.

Some Dr's are intimidated by back pain. I believe you when you say it's different than a hurt muscle - if you say it then find out what's going on - See another Dr.

I don't know what it is, but please have some tests done, you can't help fix what's wrong until you know what your looking at.

Good Luck and keep us posted
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Old 03-16-2005, 05:37 PM   #4
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all i can say is dont wait no more i waited with doc saying strained mussel and 4 months later it was a rupture and 3 months later it was surgery now i paying the price,if u dont think its a strain demand a mri,if u dont get it cuss out ur doc find another doc and demand a mri dont wait,i strongly feel if i had more expediant treatment i would be better now but instead i can barely walk and have lost my job.

Old 03-21-2005, 11:01 AM   #5
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Re: Please Help! Need a lay diagnosis.

Thank you guys for your advice! I have made an appointment with a specialist so we'll see what happens!

Old 03-21-2005, 12:12 PM   #6
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Hi there
I am glad you made an appt. Docs see millions of people for back pain, and for the most part they are not serious problems. Most do resolve. But I think they should listen when a patient says this just is not right. You know your body better then someone else, and in the long run only you will be taking care of you. Good luck and let us know what happens.

Old 03-21-2005, 01:45 PM   #7
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I would definitely see another doctor. If you truly believe that you are not dealing with muscle pain, then find a doctor who will send you for some diagnostic testing, even if it is only to rule out something like disc injuries. I hope you find some answers soon.

Old 05-20-2005, 03:10 PM   #8
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Ok I went to the chiropractor and finally got someone to Xray me! He said that I have Spinal Degenerative Disorder and with massaging and working with it they can get everything back into place. Evidenly due to some accident or anytime I might have fallen even as a child, it caused my spine to be curved which is putting pressure on my disks. He said it is possible that I have a bulging disk but that I would need an MRI to determine that.
Anyone else have this problem? And has anyone else tried the chiropractor?

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Old 05-20-2005, 03:28 PM   #9
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Many people work with chiro's and evidently find relief. However, as a person who has had a number of bulding, herniated and full blown rupted disc's been through 8 spinal surgeries and 4 fusions and even been temporarily paralyzed, I'm not one who will risk it with a chiro.

For me, if the Chiro says you have DDD, I don't see how massaging is going to help that, and with a possible bulging disc, I sure wouldn't risk it. With the potential of what you face if you do have DDD and one already bulging, I would recommend you find a spine specialist. There are general ortho and general neuro's who specialize and do just spines, so if you have a preference of ortho or neuro, you can go from there. Of course, all ortho and neuro's will work on spines, but when dealing with the spine, I recommend we go for someone who spends ALL their efforts and stays up on the latest for the spine instead of spreading their time over ankles, elbows, knees, etc.

Best wishes in whatever path you choose.

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