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Back Problems board

This is my first time posting here. I found this forum this afternoon, and must say, it lifted my spirits so high. Just to know there are people out there who are going through problems like mine is comfortating. And everyone here seems so friendly and caring.

I am a 41 year old, living with a variety of health problems. My major problems lie in the severe pain in my lower back and neck, shoulders and arms. I have a herniated disc at c5-6 and a buldging disc at L4-5. I have the worst insurance known to mankind, (medicaid) so I have been suffering with no hope in sight. Not to mention I had gone through so many doctors and they either think I am wanting the pain meds to get high, or they just don't want to be bothered with me. After 5 years of fighting, I finally got approved for an mri in 2001 which showed the proof of my pain. I was sent to an orthopedic surgeon who said I would need spinal fusion, but the insurance would not cover it. My medicaid worker told me if the condition is not life threatening, then they won't pay. I had been on every medication under the sun. Tylenol #3, vicodin, darvaset, norco, ultram, lorcet, percoset. Percoset is the ONLY one I get any relief from. I had got the inital 4 prescriptions from the ortho, but, unfortunatly, the primary doctor I had been seeing refused to write for that. Instead, he gave me duragestic patches, which I have not used yet. I did a lot of research on those patches and I am scared to use them. I cannot go back to the ortho, as the stupid hmo will not authorize any more visits. I'm at my wits end. I also have arthritis in both knees and the pain goes from my tailbone, all the way down my legs and it's unbearable. I also get violent headaches 2-4 times a month. I throw up for hours, can't move my head. I have an extremely low tolerance for pain, and am close to losing my mind. Nobody understands.

IN September, I will have a new doctor, as I was approved for SSI with the results of the mri. I no longer have to have the hmo, I can go on what's called "straight medi-cal" which is like a ppo, where I can see any doctor. I am so hoping this will work in my advantage. If not, I haven't a clue what I am going to do. I sometimes find myself praying to God to take my life, as this pain is so bad, and with no help in sight, I can't think of anything other than to give up.

I am hoping that someone can give me some tips on how to deal with this, and maybe what I can ask this new doctor. I will see him on September 2.

Thanks in advance.
OH WOW! You sound just like me, the only difference is age and insurance! I too have a herniated disc at C5-6 plus spinal stenosis. I have a small bulge and stenosis at L4-5 and a medium bulge, an annular tear and spur at L5-S1. I just had a horrible day with my first visit at the ortho doc and am going to seek a second opinion. I love my PPO since I don't have to get the referral. You can read my frustrations:"leaving the back...." and "angry, last one I promise...". I had a surgery in 2002 to remove my first bulge at L5-S1, with good success. But, b/c I am a nursing asst and a hard headed person, I believe I had re-injured my back, and a year after that, got the MRI stuff. I am 26 currently and also feel I am getting near my wits end. If I don't get a good drs visit soon, I don't know what I will do.
I have been on Vicodin, Percocet, Lortabs, Ultracet. I don't use these at the same time mind you.
I too have knee pain, leg weakness, sciatica, and just your normal crappy pain. I am on here off and on since I am not currently working. I look forward to posting with you, please check out my posts if you'd like-one more person who "feels your pain".