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Thread: I finally know what's wrong with me!!!

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    Senior Member vicki75's Avatar
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    After 6 months of back & leg pain, I finally know what's wrong! I have a bulging disc. Not the best news but I'm just excited to know what's actually wrong. Now maybe I can get fixed. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicki75
    After 6 months of back & leg pain, I finally know what's wrong! I have a bulging disc. Not the best news but I'm just excited to know what's actually wrong. Now maybe I can get fixed. :D
    Knowing what is wrong is the first step to recovery. I pray yours is quick.

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    I'm so happy for you. The first step in getting better:)

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    Is it really low? Mine is lumbar 4&5 basicly it's so low in the back it's a pain in the arse!! Stretching exercises help. Lots of sitting doesn't. When standing for a long period of time, find something to prop one foot on, it takes the strain off your back.

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    I hope they can fix it.

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    Hope you get to feeling better. Back pain can sometimes be helped by arching your back while sitting.

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    MY DH has a bulging disk (l4 - l5). he went to someone that had a decompression table, worked wonders for him. Hope you recover quickly!!!

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    Well this has been going for 6 months now. First Dr did nothing to help. Now I have to go see a neurologist. Hopefully she can fix me. Hope I don't have to have surgery but I sure would like to be able to use my longarm without crying. For that matter, I would like to be able to sit and sew without cringing. It sure has put a cramp in my sewing! Stupid back & leg!

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    Glad you found out what the problem is so now you can find a solution. Hope you start feeling better soon

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    sorry to hear bout your disc! but I'm laughing because I thought the subject was ----I FINALLY KNOW WHATS WRONG WITH MEN. BOY I was gonna chime in on THAT thread!

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    I always think it's better to know what is wrong then to imagine the worst !

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    I hate to burst your bubble but in my area neurologist usually dont TREAT bulged discs. They test for the effects of the disc on the nerve and then make referrals and recommendations. So dont be surprised to get a bunch of tests and another referral.

    The people who treat would be spinal specialists (ortho/neuro surgeons), pain management, physiatrists, physical therapists and chiropractors.

    Decompression tables, McKenzie therapy, epidural injections, Cox and other chiropractic treatments all work very well on bulging discs.

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    Hi Vicki, I just read your post, I have the same thing for 4 months. I have had back surgery last year on my lower back then I started having the same kind of pain that you are having now. My doctor sent me to a pain managment doctor, I have had -3 injectons they didn't do any good, then yesterday I had the 4 one that was above my surgery and today is the first day that I woke up with out any pain at all. You need to get your doctor to send you to a pain managment doctor, they will help you. I know from experience that it does work. I hope that this will last. I am thanking the Good Lord for today with out pain. Let me know how you do. I would love to hear from you. I hope that I can be of some help for you. I have been having pain since 1990 with my back from a fall I had. I have been on disability since 1991. SO I know about back pain. One thing that has helped me is when I really get to hurting really bad I go lay down for awhile and that seemed to help some, but the pain never went away for good. But like I said I am pain free today for the first time. I am praying that this injection will help, if not I have to have surgery again. So please keep in touch with me and let me know how you are doing OK> Hope to hear from you soon. Nita (aka grannyp70)

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    Every story is just a little different.... years ago...BAM...couldn't walk...excruciating pain etc..... had the op. where they made a small incision & sliced away the bulged disk that was squished into my spinal column.... Yes I have numbness that happened before the op....yes...it's still a bulged disk....BUT.... most important.... no pain..... Just make sure to get out & walk every day & do all the stretching exercises you're told to do!

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    Sorry for your pain. I suffered for about 10 years then I ruptured the disc and had to have surgery. It turned out to be the best thing I did for the pain. Other than a few muscle pulls, I have had little problems since. The surgery was day-sugery with about a two week recovery. Good luck.

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    glad they figured it out..took 3 Dr.s and a year to figure out I have 1 bulging and 2 herniated discs! HOpe you get back to "normal" soon!

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    Knowing is half your problem and now you know how to go about finding what will help! Good Luck to you from a longtime back pain sufferer and sympathize with you! Prayers for feeling better soon!

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    I have had back problems for quite some time also have bulging disk, also alot of words I can not spell..I have just had my 3rd injection. They work for some people and some they do not...Thank GOD mine has helped..I still have to take pain meds daily but the pain is much less painful..Hope u get to feeling better..

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    Hoping you'll get thru this and be healed, back problems can make you miserable. God bless.

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    I feel ur pain. Hurt my back in 1987still have bad pain every day. I remember when I found out what it was saying. Thank goodness! Nice to know I'm not crazy!!! Good luck!! Let us know what Happens! Were suffering with ya! Lol

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    Hope you feel better soon.

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    I am waiting for my MRI to be schedulted... back issues. I, too, will finally be happy to know the problem. This has been going on for years and dr. finally decided to do an MRI.... can't believe he told me I had never mentioned it. I told him he must not have listened...as it has been an ongoing issue for about 10 years.

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    Well, now you know you aren't alone. Theres something about back pain, if you've never had it you wouldn't understand. It does get to you after a while. Hopefully, you'll be getting some relief soon. I have an appointment next week with my pain management, I've gone to long between injections. They have worked well for me. Hope you will be pain free soon!

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    My DD just had one fixed. I was freeking out. Surgery on your back!!!! Just sounded sooooo scarey. Guess what, she is doing GREAT!!! The pain before was unbearable, gone now. It was a disc close to the top, like #2? They went in through the front, she was home the same day. Just couldn't lift anything for 4 weeks. Make sure you find an orthopedic doctor that has a good track record with YOUR particular situation. Good luck and lots of prayers for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by COYOTEMAGIC
    Is it really low? Mine is lumbar 4&5 basicly it's so low in the back it's a pain in the arse!! Stretching exercises help. Lots of sitting doesn't. When standing for a long period of time, find something to prop one foot on, it takes the strain off your back.
    Same here, only Left 5th lumbar pinched. I start out in the morning, relatively pain-free, but as the day wears on and I am on my feet too much, the compression gets worse and worse and by 5ish, I can sometimes barely walk. At my age and condition, surgery is out of the question, so live with it.

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