The reason why there are so many different Dr's or 'types' of Dr's is because there are so many different health fields/areas and not 'One' Dr can know all there is to know about the entire human body health. Each one 'SPECIALIZES' in a certain health field/area. Just saying.
My GP couldn't and wouldn't try to diagnose my back problems so he sent me to a Pain Management Dr, a Physiatrist. I could tell he was having a difficult time diagnosing my condition (as he was not helping me and my pain or limited mobility) and many others informed me that an Orthopedic Spine Specialist/Surgeon are the real only one type of Dr that can properly read and interpret an MRI scan concerning the spine. So I went to him, the Orthopedic Spine Specialist, he order new x-rays, did a physical exam for the spine, ordered an updated MRI (all only 1 1/2 yrs after the Physiatrist had done all of these) and Viola! I had an answer and was on my way to a lesser painful living. The Orthopedic Spine Specialist compared all the previous test to the newer ones looking for any changes or differences between them and to read them correctly/properly.
The degenerative bone disease you call it there is probably what we call degenerative disc disease here(abbv. as DDD). That's one of the reasons why I asked where you lived.
You can use the 'Search' area at the top of this page to find more information from WebMd concerning DDD. Also google it for other sites with information.
Here are just a few and use their 'Search' area to look up information you're more interested in. I hope this helps some. Learn as much as you can so you can ask the appropriate questions with your Dr and understand better what he is telling you, or lack of him telling you. I even had to somewhat challenge my one Dr (by asking questions and comparing his statements in question form 'to' him) as what he was telling me just wasn't adding up and I was still pretty much bedridden.
I sincerely hope you find relief soon. They started me out with having multiple levels of DDD, and as I said Viola!, I needed the right 'type' of Dr.
Consider asking your GP for a referal to see an Orthopedic Spine Specialist/Surgeon(if you need a referal for insurance) or just go to one, as I and many others have found that they are the ones to correctly be able to read MRI scan / test results, leading to a proper diagnosis. Then you will be able to get the proper physical therapy treatment and pain management treatment(including meds).
Also, changing your diet can be very beneficial in pain management I've found. Also taking EPA & DHA Omega3 supplement(form of fish oil). I also find relief using Ben Gay Ice, the one kept in the freezer.
Motion is Lotion, just don't go over the top.View Thread
I'm guessing that you are on your feet, standing and moving around alot. Also alot of bending and squatting. Have you considered going back to school to train for a different field or career?
You can use some of your skills and education for desk work ; general office, special events coordination (for seniors, disabled, nursing facilities, etc...), clerk in a school, bookkeeping clerk, administrative assistant, secretary, and office reception-not in a hotel/motel.
When was your last MRI done. It may very well be time for an update to make note of ANY changes since you were 14 yrs old.
I forgot and can't see right now what type of pain medication you are currently taking. Are you currently doing any type of therapy for your pain, like walking, swimming or water aerobics?View Thread
Hey georgia! I don't belong to a gym and the few gyms locally do not have a pool of any sort. And the area hotels that allow people to come in for water therapy are limited. Also not very warm and as you mentioned I think the deepest section may be 4ft. When I try to swim it must pinch the nerves more some how as when I'm done I can hardly stand or walk and end up in bed till I make myself go the next day after.
Not sure how friendly the exercise ball would be for the nerves, it's definately a thought. Right now walking is my best friend. lol Unfortunately with the winter months that too is limited. There is no mall locally and the schools do not let walkers in(not that I blame them considering recent years).
I have recently pulled a camping mat out to try and do a couple of floor exercises. I'll see if I can tolerate that.
Hey georgia888! Yes I do. That is what they have sumized it to be, with central canal and neuraformina stenosis, end plate edema, and radiculpathy. Mine is in the lumbar region as you mentioned.
I, like you, was wondering what others may do to help with this. And I was curious to see how wide spread this condition is.
I am on a low dose of Lyrica, Hydrocodone as needed, Ibuprophen/NSAID as needed, and Diazepham as needed. Also, because heat makes the pain worse I've found Ben Gay Ice(kept in the freezer kind) to be off great help.
I have good days, bad days, then there are worse days. lol As of right now I find walking to be the most beneficial, it will not let me swim so I also try walking in the water for some resistance. I tried to use a stationary bike, that was unsuccessful due to hunching over for the handlebars, or perhaps it was the higher lifting of the legs for the pedals(I'm certain it was the hunching over part b/c I can't hunch over the sink for much of like anything).
Get a second opinion from a different Dr., clinic, or hospital. Search the net under her diagnosis term and read read read. Many sites have links to other sites or information. Try going to FightArthritisPain.org.
I'm so sad and sorry to hear of her condition. I wouldn't give up until I had exhausted all and any resources.View Thread