Since I'm on medicaid, there's a limited number of doctors I can go to. They have to be a provider for medicaid, and most aren't. I called several doctors offices before finding the one I'm going to. All the other ones I called either weren't taking new paients, or they didn't take my insurance.
I will look up more doctors today, to see if I can get in at a different place, but the place I've got scheduled at is a renowned learning hospital in my area, and they might be more willing to do therapies that will help.View Thread
Well, I've got an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon, but it's not until march 18th. I am on the cancellation list, so if there's a cancellation, I'll have a chance to get in sooner.
I see my pain management doctor thursday, but I don't really like her. She's rude and makes a lot of mistakes on her perscriptions. But I see her for a follow-up after my latest round of cortizone shots.
I'll keep you up-dated and let you know what happens.View Thread
Unfortunately, I am no longer able to take any over the counter NSAIDS, or tylenol. I'm allergic to ibuprofen, and after years of heavily using them, asprin and naproxen give me gastritis. Tylenol give me instant migraines. I wish I could take some anti-inflammatories. Yesterday my lower-back was so inflammed that it was noticiably swollen to the touch, and very painful. Putting ice on it helps, but the burning sensation is still there.
I'm going to call my PCP and ask for a referall to an orthopedic or neurosurgeon.
I have had physical therapy last year, with some relief. Anyway, I wil ask my doctor if I should do exercises or not.View Thread
Do any of you have any suggestions for stretches/exercises to relieve low back pain? I have a degenerating L5-S1. It is inflamed most of the time and the pain can get pretty severe. I am going to look for a orthopedic or spine doctor, but in the mean time, any suggestions on relieving the pain? I take Oxycodone as needed and Gabapentin 1800 mg/day, but the pain is still affecting my ability to do anything.View Thread
Thanks Joy, I'll call my PCP to see if I can get a referral.
Last year the doc said I had good disk space, and shouldn't be in this much pain, yet I am. I believe a lot of it is irritation. I had torn the meniscus in my right knee a few years ago. The tear wasn't bad, yet I was swollen and inflammed and in a lot of pain. I think that's how my body reacts. The degenerating disk isn't pressing on any nerves that I know of, but the material is irritating the area and causing inflammation which is what causes the pain. At least that's my theory View Thread
Thank you for your help and support. I saw an orthopedic last year when this happened who was less than helpful. Should I start seeing one again, or do I just stick with my pain management doctor for now? And who do I ask to see the orthopedic, my primary or the pain management doctor?View Thread
Just saying hi! I was diagnosed with a degenerative L5-S1. I herniated the disk 10 years ago when I was 17. Last year in August, I woke up one day stiff and sore, and by the time I was leaving for work at noon, I could barely move. I'm not sure what caused it to degenerate, but my father has DDD, and has multiple disks degenerating. Does anyone know if DDD is genetic, or is it just a fluke that I have a degenerating disk too.
I'm currently taking Gabapentin and oxycodone for the pain. I can't take any over the counter pain meds or hydrocodone, for various reasons, which is why I take straight oxycodone. I just recieved my second round of cortisone injections which provided minimal, if any, relief.
I'll have good days where I barely have to take the oxycodone, and bad days where oxycodone doesn't help. Does anyone else experience a flucuation in pain levels? My good days are around a 4 and the bad days are up to 9 and 10.
I am also morbidly obese (5'9" and 298 lbs) and am starting on my journey to weight loss. I know that's a contributing factor to my pain.