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    Quote Originally Posted by WolvesDaughter View Post
    MRI was painless...well as painless as lying on back can be for me (ie read 'pain like a mug') and they say I'll have my results by tomorrow so I guess we'll find out just what is going on with my body sooner than I thought
    I hope you'll have your results that soon. Sometimes what that means is that the techs send the info to the doctor who doesn't have time to study it and come to a conclusion for a couple of days. Went through that myself when I had a biopsy done for a lump in my breast. I ripped that doctor a new one for making it sound like she'd let me know about the results in a couple of days instead of a week later. (There's a history of cancer in my family so I was VERY concerned.)

    So I hope you get your information soon, that the test revealed the problem, and that the doctors can offer effective treatment asap.
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    MRI results are back I'm set up to see a NeroSurgeon sometime next week when my dad comes home from overseas can't wait although I'm scared of the Surgeon part of the name...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiberias View Post

    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.
    I'm all about Chinese Medicine and " New Age" healing, but I'm going to have to agree with him on this one, simply because the Nervous System is not something that Traditional Chinese Medicine really has a concept of. It's true that Chinese Medicine can treat some nervous disorders, but they recognize an energy system, over a nervous system.

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    There's a crack in my L5; tenderness in my SI and my L5 is also not absorbing water like it should be...had a steriod injection two days ago and an EMG to check for the pins and needles (have carpal tunnel ) start water thearpy in a few days...

    so far this new doctor knows what he's doing it seems
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    I'm not sure where you live, but in most developed countries, excluding the USA, the standard treatment for disk herniation is the McKenzie Technique. It is a physiotherapy technique and more effective than anything else I've seen. Unfortunately, the chiropractic profession feels threatened by it and has enough influence that they have pretty much prevented the spread of the McKenzie Method of Technique in the USA. They are afraid that it will put them out of business eventually, and they are probably right. You might find some info on You Tube about it.... ironically being explained by a chiropractor-- some chiropractors are more interested in their clients than their income. There are also other sites that have information on it as well, just google.
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    Now that you have found out what's causing your pain, let's hope you can find some relief!

    My best wishes to you!

    Let us know when your condition improves!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WolvesDaughter View Post
    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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    Hmm...generally lower back pain in the disc itself shouldn't spread like that. It's possible there could be something wrong with your whole vertebral column, but they should have caught that by now. Have you had your back checked for scoliocis? I know as another young person with back pain a lot of times what the doctors try to do to help us doesn't help at all. I have a transitional vertebrae at the lumbosacral joint that there isn't a whole lot they can do about that. Pain wise though, you should probably take either extra strength or arthritis strength tylenol. I know that sometimes helps with me because nothing else usually does. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WolvesDaughter View Post
    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

    thanks,

    Wolves Daugther
    I am only 3 years older then you and i have simmer problems. mine is L4-5 L5-S1 and C6-7 , along with some mild carpal tunnel and idiopathic scoliosis. I went to the neurosurgeon and prescribed traction and physical therapy.

    I am not in nearly as much pain as you are, and my hart goes out to you.
    I hope you get help for this. one good piece of news is that you may be able to fix the disc problem completely.

    My doctor told me because i am so young if i treat the problems i may be able to fix it completely.

    Of course every case is different and i am no doctor but i perhaps you can be restored to full health.

    Have you been taught any stretches? i was taught some and it reduced the pain to almost zero, where before i was in bed crying from the pain.

    Try walking more and sitting less. i have had to cut down on computer time for my back, this might help you too.

    don't lift with your back, sit up straight, bend with you knees. these are all things that will help you. i wish you the best of luck. and lots of healing energy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WolvesDaughter View Post
    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
    As for natural remedies try to avoid milk. And try drinking a glass of water with 2 tea spoons of apple cider vinegar in it. This helps reduce inflammation in the body. I find it works for me, although i love milk so it is hard to avoid.

    Again i wish you lots of healing.
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    Thanks everyone! Sorry I fell of the wagon but I had surgery two weeks or so ago and am doing 110% better since then even though I have some hip pain but they said that's normal..am on a walker till early June (I"m 20 ick) but it'll be worth it...

    they went in through my stomach and put a plate aganist my L5 & S1 went in through my back to put the screws and saw my L4 was floating around so they put screws in my L4 L5 & S1 and bone grafts inbetween my L4 & L5 and L5 & S1 so my L4/L5/S1 etc will grow into one long bone by the end of June and they said it won't effect with my normal mobility which for me means the mobility back from 2008

    I'm happy! Again thank you for your prays and well wishes.
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