- Age 35-54
- 198 lbs
- 5' 7"
- Bristol, Indiana
- Injury Status In Pain
- Physical activity per week 8+ hours
- Chronicity 18+ Months
- Repeat injury? Yes
- Doctor/Care Giver Dr. Bierlien
- Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Spondylolisthesis, Muscle Strain
To start with my chronic pain began when a large sheet of plywood struck me in the head at work. I know this sight is about lower back pain but I feel they are all connected. My lower back started the worst after I slipped on the ice 15 years ago and grabbed my car door handle to stop myself from hitting the ground. My doctor at that time did an exray and determined I had a herniated restricted disc in my lumbar area. He sent me to a back specialist but it took over a month to be seen. During this time I was told to take it easy take muscle relaxers and ibuprofen when needed. I saw this so called doctor who did absolutely nothing! Over the years I have tried ultrasound, massage, chiropractor, ext. I also had a TENS unit for my cervical spine injury. From time to time my GP has given me cortisone injections and they seem to help. Massage, Naproxen sodium, along with the Norco and Gabapenten i now take, for what they say is Fibromyalgia, seem to help but I constantly hurt and stretch and wear a back brace. When I had access to a hot tub it was wonderful. The last back doctor I saw was another joke. The surgeon said he couldn't operate because I smoke and the doctor he referred me to for an injection who never looked at my back just the MRI when I was laying down, and said don't take my pain meds! He sent me to physical therapy because he said my insurance would pay for it but that was ridiculous because I've been to real therapists and quickly could tell the difference so i canceled all future appointments with them and I'm back treating myself as best I can. I might add they let me suffer six years before taking pain meds before they would give them to me because of fear I would get addicted. I tried to tell him that and my pain is not medication induced but he just ignored me and left the room. I am sick of hurting but even sicker of quake doctors making a fortune for doing nothing! I walk about two hours a day with my medically requested dog. My GP seems to be the only one trying to help and not just rake in money from Medicare.