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    Unmanagable Pain

    I am (or was) a healthy teenager...my pain started at 18 and it started in my lower back, went through some tests and they said it was just an inflammed muscle on the side of my L4 (disc on back) but now the pain has spread from my lower back , skipped my middle back, and is now in my upper back/neck, moving down my arms and now my legs...I'm worried as this has only started in the past month besides the back pain which I had for 2 years...

    I'm only 20 and my body can't take much more of the pain and nothing my doctor's seem to do is helping...does anyone have any ideas as to what it could be and any forms of healing that could help? It's to the point I'm in pain daily and on a scale of 1 to 10 I'd say it's a constant 12 and yes I'm very aware of how the pain scale works..it feels like my body is breaking down and that scares me. It's not just one thing either ...like bone or muscle...it's bone, muscle, joints...everything

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    Wolves Daugther
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    Oh WolvesDaughter I'm sorry to hear you suffer.
    Sending energy that your pain can be managed and that your ailment can be cured.

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    Have you tried physiotherapy? It might help ease the pressure on the disc. My dad had a similar problem, though, and ultimately had the discs removed after spending a while on the really good medication. It was that or a wheelchair for him. Keep on at your doctor, or see a different one if you can - getting a second opinion on the best course of treatment might help you make some headway.

    I've had similar problems, with sciatica that was so bad there were days I couldn't walk. My doctor was useless, too - just gave me anti-inflamatory medication that was supposed to help relieve the pressure on the nerve, but things had gone too far for them to help in any way. Eventually, after I kept moaning at him, he recommended that I should try a chiropractor. I was so desperate I did end up seeing one, even though I thought they were quacks, and within two months I was completely pain free. I haven't had any bad episodes since, so even though it was expensive, it was worth it. Some therapeutic massage didn't go amiss, either.

    I'm sorry you're in pain I hope you find something that helps.
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    I'd recommend radically cutting down, if not eliminating, meat from your diet. As a woman, given your iron requirements, it may not be possible to remove meat entirely, but look into it as much as you can. Also get your kidney function and calcium levels checked.

    Meat increases the level of uric acid present in your body and bloodstream, which leads to decalcification of your bones, and can also result in gout-like deposits between bones, including in your spine.

    I've had gout before, and getting rid of meat reduced it, as well as putting myself on a diet with lots of broccoli, cauliflower, and other vegetables. Eat lots of dark green, leafy vegetables if you can. Tofu can have lots of calcium as well.

    As for the pain, my ex girlfriend used to get back problems while menstruating, and she loved a hot water bottle, which might at least ease it a bit. Mint can be good, as well; if you make tea with around half a dozen leaves in it, so the mint is strong, that may help with the pain somewhat.

    I am sorry if that doesn't help much, but I can't think of too much more off the top of my head. Looking at it again, it sounds like what you are describing is a pinched nerve, or nerves; it is possible that some of your spinal nerves have become trapped between moving discs or bones. I would get more x rays done, and ask for copies of them, and possibly if they can do one, get a CAT scan as well.

    I could suggest reiki, but if trapped nerves are your problem, then the most energy is likely to do for you is pain relief. Acupuncture may be able to help, but I barely know anything about that, so I can't really comment one way or the other.

    I wish you luck, and I hope you are able to find the source of the problem.
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    I've thought about trying to reduce meat from my diet due to major inconstantancy's when I eat a lot within a short peirod of time...it may be worth a try again...

    thank you all for your thoughts, energry and information
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    If you can find a Clinic of Chinese Medicine, go and get some accupuncture, accupressure, or massage. They can tell you which would be most helpful - or you can try each of them - or even more than one if you can afford it, or you have insurance to help pay for it.

    I went to a chiropracter a couple of years ago that had taken a short course in accupuncture and didn't actually know crap. That's why I say go to someone who's spent years learning in an actual school and has a real doctor to oversee him or her. Once I went to the Chinese clinic I finally had some relief from years of chronic headache.
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    I'm in the process of recovering from a torn L4-L5 disk that's been giving me pain for a little over 6 years now. Given your description, and mind you I'm not a doctor in any sense of the term, you probably have vertebral matter (a disc, vertebral fluid, or actual vertebrae) impinging on your nerves to make it spread like that. There are two things that I would suggest above all else:

    1 - DO NOT GO TO A CHIROPRACTOR! No chiropractor with anything approaching a conscience will practice on you given what you've described. Spinal manipulation in someone with recurring, severe lumbar back pain carries with it a pretty high risk of paralyzing you for life. I don't care if your mom recommends it, your best friend recommends it, or a forum full of new-agers recommends it. DO NOT GO TO A CHIROPRACTOR FOR LOWER BACK PAIN IF YOU VALUE YOUR HEALTH IN THE SLIGHTEST. There is no way I can emphasize this enough.
    2 - Go to your general practitioner and get a referral to a pain specialist. They may want you to get an MRI and meet with a neurosurgeon before passing you off to a pain specialist, but it'll ultimately be worth it. These are trained medical professionals who will be able to pinpoint the problem you're having and use some combination of injections, targeted physical therapy, and medication to help you deal with the pain. My back pain was at a near constant 9 on a 1-10 scale for a couple months before I finally got into a pain clinic. I was taking 2 GRAMS of ibuprofen a day, some muscle relaxant pills, and the occassional vicodin and none of it even dented the pain. Two injections and some topical anesthetic patches later and the worst it's been in 8 weeks is a 3. These are doctors who specialize in helping you manage pain - that's your best bet.

    I'm sorry, but as somebody who's going through something similar to what your experience sounds like, chiropractors, acupuncture, and Chinese medicine are going to do jack *@$&, if they don't end up actually making it worse (which chiromancy will probably do). Get a referral to a pain specialist.
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    keeping you in my thoughts and sending out reiki energy.

    I do hope this condition is remedied soon.
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    Thanks everyone!

    Tiberias-->

    I have already gone through my GP who sent me directly to a Pain Management specailst who did an MRI, had me on a set of injections into the L4 disc but unfortunatly he won't (The pain management doc) fill insurance paperwork right so it is unfessabile to go back to him..and the pain was back with two weeks of receving my injections.

    It was managable so we let it slid for a while and now it's unmanagable he's sending me back for another MRI since the pain has spread but this time he's doing a full spinal MRI to look at the entire spine to see what else it shows, just waiting on an MRI date
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    Are there any other pain specialist you could get a referral to?

    The full-blown MRI sounds about right, in my experience (again, though, I have no medical training). Hope they find something better for you. Were the injections epidural steroids/cortisone?

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