It's important to get issues like these fixed right, otherwise they may come back to haunt you later in life.
Depending on your insurance and resources I would be happy seeing (in order) a physiatrist MD, a spinal orthopedic MD, a good physical therapist.
I've read that most no traumatic back injuries that people talk about " it was fine and I bent over to pick up..." We tend to blame the one event, but in reality they are often a flare up of an improperly treated old injury.
You can't force yourself to heal...doing so may just prolong your recovery. Will power to be positive and happy are powerful tools, but not the simple answer.
Have you thought of seeing a pain psycologist? I found them to be extremely beneficial for me. I felt like you describe and personalized and then catastophized it. Counseling really helped me understand that I'm only human and my reactions normal. With some learning I was able to change my thought process and my outlook, which improved my perception of my health which improved my outlook, which improved my...well you get it:)
My .02 cents. I can't sleep in my bed for long without it causing hip pain.. I've tried all the tricks like pillows etc, but I toss and turn. Put a pillow in between my legs and I'll wake up in a wrestling match. I natural roll on to my stomach and it puts pressure on my lower lumbar.
I need a sleep study one of these days, but I sleep great in a recliner. It keeps me in a perfect posture position.
Dave, I'm sorry you're Ill, but I love the rest of the story. I know it's hard to take control of our health, but it's critical!
Sounds like the ex-ortho was a little too arrogant. It's easy when you're 175lbs, 6ft tall lean mean fighting machine to look at others and over simplify weight loss.
I had a great conversation my pain doc today about risk factors of patients with co-morbidities on multiple pharmaceutical regimes. He said they don't like to take them, but you have to look at "why?" and their mindset.
I don't want to hijack your thread with my doc appointment so I'll leave it there.
Losing weight while you're dealing with failing hips and on chronic pain is TUFF! I've just had planter fasciatis and I gained 25lbs from being off my feet more. I've lost most of it, but it's been hard.
You're between a rock and a hard place. Everyone agrees that were better off without anelgesics or NSAIDS, but thats a hypothetical...for some, real life is a different story.
I don't think they can leave you to suffer if you have objective criteria that backs up your claim of pain.
I say that cautiously as I don't know if you need them or not? All I see is what you've written. The doctor has your medical information and listens to what you're yelling him, yet he can't see pain either and the DEA is busting his butt to prescribe less!
So think hard and if you really need opiad anelgesics than do not accept no for an answer.
If there's anyway you can manage your pain without them; do all you can to stay off of them.
Keep in mind that opiads are not a permanent solution. Four/day may work today, but in a few months it may take six. I found that eventually no matter the opiad I'd end up miserable and on high dosings.
Best of luck, your doctor is not trying to be mean, he's trying to do what's best for you, but pain is invisible. That's why we have those stupid 0-10 pain scales...to objectify the subjective.
I'm fused from T4-L3 so normal core exercises are not in my workout. The only things I've found as far as working out is swimming and the exercise ball. The ball allows me to flex without shoving spine or hardware into the floor.View Thread