I finally swallowed my pride and went to the doctor today.

@Katlady2 (9920)
United States
August 21, 2007 8:31pm CST
As some of my dear friends know, I have been suffering with pain in my lower back and hip joints. For the most part, this has gone on for over 20 years off and on, and it has become constant in the last 4 years. For the last week and a half, the pain has been so bad that I have been barely able to stand or walk. I even ended up making the pain worse by bruising up my back with the big electric massager that I have! Go figure...silly me. So I called my doctor yesterday, and he set up an appointment for me this morning. Well, I went to my appointment, and the first thing that happened was that I got lectured about the bruising on my back, and I was told not to use the massager anymore. Then the doc put me on Vicodin for the pain. Also, his assistant was finally able to get me an appointment on Thursday for an MRI to be done on my lower back and hips. I've been waiting for two years for the MRI to be approved by my insurance. So for now, that's where everything stands. I am feeling a bit better now...I can at least do a little bit of moving around without it taking my breath away from the pain. Oh....and the assistant told me that getting this MRI done will speed up the process of getting me in to have my gastric bypass surgery done. So things are finally looking up, so to speak. Thank you my friends for all of your support and love. It really does mean the world to me.
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@ladybug565 (2217)
• United States
22 Aug 07
I am so happy to hear that they gave you somthing for the pain and that you will get your MRI now. I am glad that you are feeling a little better. :)
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
22 Aug 07
Thank you so much hon. I'm glad too! ;)
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@mamakat0 (209)
• United States
22 Aug 07
Hi katlady this is mamakat I am glad for your new but now I have bad news for you....I have been in the hospital for a week and found out I had a stroke. my sight is very limited and everything is burry. so far nothing has got me down,and I have some good friends who are helping with the things I need done. the only regret I have is having to quit school for now, but i need to get better before I do my studies.I just thought I would let you know can you pass it on cuz I will be on once a week.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
22 Aug 07
OH Mamakat, I'm so glad you are still with us! I'm sorry that that happened to you hon. How scary! I will definitely keep you in my prayers, and I hope you get better soon sweetie. You just do what you need to do and we will be here waiting for you. I will gladly pass your news on to our friends on here. Big hugs to you hon.
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@mamakat0 (209)
• United States
22 Aug 07
htank you. as you can tell it is very hard for me to type and keep my thoughts straight. i only do a little bit every day hoping my sigh will come back, but it is hard. at least i still know how to type :). i am tryinh to do what i used to do and i cant. will bring you up to date next week.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
22 Aug 07
Well don't push your self too hard hon. Remember....baby steps first. I think you're doing great.
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• Portugal
22 Aug 07
wow this must be a scary situation and u r very brave to go thought all that stuff on ur own! this is particularly scary for me cause i hate doctors and medical exams just scare me too much, mostly cause i keep thinking theres something wrong with me , what will they found out and so on! but this is def not the time to get into that discussions so what i really wanna say is to wish u all the best and lets hope u can solve ur condition as fast as it is possible and everything goes well! best wishes!
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
22 Aug 07
Thank you so much my friend. I used to be the same way about going to the doctor and examinations. But since the pain has gotten so bad over the last few years, I have had to get over those feelings. And I'm glad I did. Just make sure you don't do like I did and wait too long to go in. Hugs.
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• Portugal
22 Aug 07
thank u for the advice and im sure to follow it im going through something i could hv prevented if i wasnt so stubborn and went to the doctor early... but its still difficult and dont even let me start talking about dentists , that im really afraid off...:)
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
22 Aug 07
Oh, lordy, you sound like me. For me the dentist is another story altogether. I haven't been to one in over 20 years! I have no problem going to the doc now, but that dentist and his drills? Ummmm....not yet! LOL
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@weemam (13377)
22 Aug 07
awee pal I wish I could come and give you a big hug , You have suffered so much lately , please take care of yourself , It will be good when you have had the MRI and the DR will know then what you have had to deal with , take care pal and please let us know how things are going , I will pray for you pal as the power of prayer is strong xxxxx
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
22 Aug 07
Thank you so much my dear friend. Yeah, it's been a little rough lately, but I think things are beginning to look up finally. I will let you know, probably on Friday, how the MRI went. I doubt I'll be online after I get home as they will be giving me the Valium so I can deal with being in that small tube, so I will be more than just a little loopy by the time everything is said and done. LOL
@weemam (13377)
22 Aug 07
So you are saying you are not aready a bit loopy , sorry pal I just couldn't resist , love you really xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
22 Aug 07
Hahahaha! You didn't even TRY to resist that one! But I do live up to the phrase "dizzy blonde" really well right now....yes, more so than usual. Teeheehee Love you too.
@RobinJ (2501)
• Canada
22 Aug 07
My gosh you have had your fill. I am so glad things are starting to move.I was a bit apprehensive about the vicodin, as well as i have heard that it is addictive, but i see from another post you are aware of the possible side affects and will take car. I was also surprised to See you are going to get gastric bypass surgery I thought they stopped doing that. I had it done is 1973, and 20 years ago my Son had the stomach stapling. now i understand they use bands to control the eating to me the bands are great idea as they are adjustable, when my son had his surgery the also put a ring around the entrance to his stomach so if he eats to fas, or dry foods he ends up bringing it up so he is limited in his food he can eat, also I will warn you now this sort of help is limited, you are still going to have to watch what you eat, and after a certain point you can gain weight back, I was 280 and I am 4' 11" tall in other words I was easier to step over than walk around. I lost 100 pounds, and then my calorie consumption matched my needs so I stopped losing weight, now in order to lose weight I have to diet. It would have been better for me to have had the surgery as well worked with a dietitian,and learn how to make better choices, but while the weight is coming off you will be encouraged to keep it up. I do not ever regret having the surgery, and you will not either.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
22 Aug 07
Thank you so much for your support and caring hon. They have really come a long way with gastric bypass. Now more and more insurance companies are covering it as a necessary procedure instead of a "cosmetic" one. And now they can do it without even having to cut patients open. They now use the laproscope to do it. I am going whole hog and going for the rouxen Y procedure instead of the lap band. Not only do they do the stapling, but they also dissect the smaller new stomach pouch from the stomach itself to prevent the nutrients and calories from seeping through and causing weight gain. I will be attending the nutritional and support classes for quite a while after the surgery too, and my family doctor will be helping me as well. So I think I'm pretty well covered. I am so excited that it will all be happening soon. I will definitely let you know when they get me scheduled.
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@RobinJ (2501)
• Canada
23 Aug 07
good on for you any one as heavy as I was and was classified as Morbid obese can possibly get this surgery but you have to go through a ton of tests before, it is a minimum year wait back on 1973 and same for my son, I am not sure what the qualifications are now for here. I know you will do well and I am very happy that every thing is going good for you Robin
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
23 Aug 07
I think I've had all of the required tests already. They were done when I was trying to go to another surgeon before my insurance declined the procedure because the hospital wasn't on their approved list. So hopefully I won't have to do much more. I've been waiting 2 1/2 years for this to happen. and I'm getting IMPATIENT! LOL
@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
22 Aug 07
well im glad you went to doctors,and i hope you get better soon.all we can do is go day by day.keep me posted on how your making out.take care and god bless.becareful with those pain pills though,they can make you feel sick sometimes.
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• United States
22 Aug 07
thanks so much,yea thats my hair straight,but it is extremly curly.once in awhile i get to do it straight if i have time.take care and feel well soon.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
22 Aug 07
It looks really nice hon. Heck, my hair is that straight naturally....I'd love to have at least a wave or two in it. LOL
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@AmbiePam (50943)
• United States
22 Aug 07
That's kind of scary that they through Vicodin at you. I mean, I don't doubt you're in pain, but I heard that is super addictive. You have such a gung ho attitude though that I doubt you would get addicted. You have a lot of self awareness. I'm glad you went to the doctor though. I hope you get an open MRI. I prefer those to the closed MRIs. More than anything, I'm glad you are getting help for your pain. Here's to your health!!!
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
22 Aug 07
Thank you so much hon. Actually, I have a very awesome doctor. He asked me what I had taken 4 years ago when I suffered through the same pain, and I told him that it was the vicodin. I know how addicting that stuff is, and when I start feeling better I will start "weaning" myself away from it by taking less each day to where eventually it will be a half caplet each time and then none at all. As for the MRI, I think they do the closed one, so they will be giving me a valium, as I am very very claustrophobic. I want as much relaxation as I can get for that thing! LOL Thanks again my good friend.
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@AmbiePam (50943)
• United States
22 Aug 07
Thank you for not taking that the wrong way. See, I have an uncle who we all thought was really strong. But he injured his back and is now addicted to Vicodin and Loritab. He lives next door to my grandparent's, and when I vited them one week, he stole my medication (even though I had no narcotics).
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
22 Aug 07
Hope you get well soon. It's just so soon that you have hardly rested, I believe after your father's discharge. I have ever read in pamplets accompanying massage machines or equipment (whatever you call it) that one should stop the massage and see a doctor if there is pain or worsen. I never believe it to be true and often wonder why. Thanks for enlightening me :)
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
22 Aug 07
Until this, I always thought massages would help too. I think getting it done by a professional, say, in a therapy type situation might be helpful at times. But I think I did more damage using the electric massager than if I hadn't used it at all. So now it is sitting all alone and rejected for now. LOL
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
23 Aug 07
I am sure the massager can be put to good use :)
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
22 Aug 07
I've had lousy back problems all my life I think too, but what has helped me is my little bit of yoga type stretching exercises..seems to keep the pain away--of course, it doesn't help that I sleep on my bed like a pretzel since my two fur babies insist on sleeping with me at night and heaven forbid I'm comfortable. I'm glad you're feeling a bit better now though...and my prayers go with you tomorrow since you're having the MRI..good luck ;)
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
22 Aug 07
I'm trying to do my exercises that were taught to me when I was in therapy a few years ago for my back, but it's pretty hard right now. Miss Prance has decided that she absolutely MUST hog my entire king sized pillow every night, so I've been sleeping at these weird angles trying to get comfy on my little tiny corner of it. LOL Thanks so much hon. I'll let you know how it goes.
@creematee (2810)
• United States
22 Aug 07
Hi katlady! I'm glad that things are looking up for you! Have you also been to a physical therapist? The PT can give you excercises that you can do to help stretch out those sore muscles. I remember mine actually scolded me for sitting Indian style while watching TV. (It twists the torso so it doesn't sit "even.") I've learned, I do the stretches when the back aches, but I still sit Indian style on the couch! (Some habits are hard to break!) Good luck with the MRI, and hope things are where the should be. :)
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
22 Aug 07
Thanks hon. When my back was hurting like this about 4 years ago, my doctor sent me to a physical therapist. I went for about a month or so, and he did ultrasound massage on my back, and had me learn about six exercises to help my joints and back stretch out a bit. I have been doing all but two of the exercises each day. Those two that I don't do involve a slight twist to the torso, and it hurts way too much to do them right now. I'd love to be able to go in and have that ultrasound massage again though....it was heavenly!
@donglory (677)
• Ghana
22 Aug 07
do you know when u appreciate someone the person will also do the same to u. but the first place i don't know why u did not want to see the doctor when u started having the symptoms. this is advice to everyone see the doctor when u feel abnormal
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
22 Aug 07
I know...I hear that from a lot of my friends. I don't go right away because I am very stubborn and keep thinking that the problem will ease up or go away. At least this time I only waited for a week and a half. Last time, I waited a couple of months! Go ahead....knock me over the head....it might knock some sense into my hard stubborn skull. LOL
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@alamode (3073)
• United States
23 Aug 07
After being caregiver to my Pop for 3 months before he passed away, I developed severe pain in my feet, left hip, left leg and groin area. Pop had fallen a few times and I had caught him, but I didn't notice anything at the time. After his memorial, I became so enveloped in pain that I could barely walk using a cane... my doctor at the time diagnosed it as stress!! It became so unbearable that I started making some noise about it, and to quiet she sent me to a spine specialist. This Doctor (with the help of the absolutely mandatory MRI!) found 3 lumbar discs that were protruding and putting pressure on the nerves. I had the proceedure done of injecting steroids into the area of the discs and got IMMEDIATE relief! I may have to go in once or twice a year to have it redone, but its so worth it!! NOW... before I get a bunch of negative feedback about this injection, I will pass on what a nurse told me at the hospital--- the deciding factor as to whether this injection works or not is the doctor who is doing it! I was fortunate enough to go to one of the best in our area, and it did work!! I know people who have had it with no result... but I know their doctors and am not confident in them. Try to investigate specialists in your area and get some info on them and their success with this proceedure!! I am also not totally pain free... I am just in a place where the pain is manageable with medication. The only med that works for me, since vicodin and percocets make me ill, is Tramadol, also sold as Ultram. I take 4 a day, one at a time with an ibuprofen to kick-start it. I have no stomach problems with this dosage, and I actually have a LIFE again!!
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
23 Aug 07
I learned about that type of injection in my medical billing studies. It seems to me that if it's something that works, then why not go for it? If my doctor finds something on the MRI that warrants the shot for me, then I will definitely give it a go. It would be nice to at least lessen the pain to a manageable point. Right now, I'm not only taking the vicodin, but I am also taking tramadol. Between the two, I can at least live my life decently and not quite so painfully. I'm so glad you are doing better hon. And thank you for your advice. Take care my friend.
@alamode (3073)
• United States
23 Aug 07
Hey-- I'm doing fine now!! Gonna worry about YOU til I hear some good news! I was drawn to your post immediately, cuz I have been facing the same situation, and cuz I have a sister named Kat... she's my idol!! YOU take care as well--- all my best wishes for you!!
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
23 Aug 07
Awwww....thanks so much hon.
@youdontsay (3503)
• United States
23 Oct 07
Oh the pain is terrible. I'm glad you are getting some relief. My hip is better but my back still is very uncomfortable from limping on the sprained knee! If it's not one thing, it's two! Sure wish we could grow young instead of old!
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
23 Oct 07
I agree wholeheartedly hon! I think maybe if you, me, Gabs, and Feona get together and hold each other up, maybe between the four of us we can manage to walk ok. What do you think? LOL
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• United States
23 Oct 07
Well, I have one good knee & leg and one good hip, but not on the same side. Who has the rest of the equipment we need? lol
• United States
22 Oct 07
I researched the technology behind Infrared Heat Therapy and wrote an article about it at http://ezinearticles.com/?id=788011 . You sound like you would definitely benefit from the pain relief aspect of it. The infrared rays, which are completely harmless, penetrate deep into your soft tissue, helping to improve circulation and relieve pain by warming the muscles and joints. There are a long list of benefits from this type of therapy, but as someone who has a bad back myself, the pain relief aspect alone makes it worth it to me. Read my article and you'll see. Hope this helps!
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
23 Oct 07
I just read your ezine article. The sauna sounds heavenly. I am definitely going to look into that some more, and even if I only am able to get the least expensive treatment, it will be a big help it sounds like. Thanks so much for the link hon. I really appreciate it. And welcome to Mylot. I hope you're enjoying it.
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
2 Oct 07
hmmmmmmmmmm......I'm wondering if you have a ruptured disk in your lower back. Guess I'll find out pretty soon as I go thru the discussions.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
3 Oct 07
Heck....I don't even know that yet. We're still waiting on approval from the insurance for the open MRI to be done. LOL
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
26 Aug 07
Sorry about that, I'm still here supporting and rooting for you. I'll also keep doing what I cant to research feasible options you can do healthwise so you aren't all out of options. On other thing, about the massager. I've rarely heard of bruising with them, but in the cases I did, it was usually a contact issue (people were laying on it exactly or something like that). In a case like that I could see bruising happening. Or its possible the some bodies can't handle it in higher settings or at all.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
26 Aug 07
Thank you so much my friend. I appreciate your support. As for the bruising, I was pushing down on my lower back really hard with the massager, and that's how I ended up all black and blue. So I'm living proof that it can happen. I always said I don't go with the flow....I do my own thing, so leave it to me to hurt myself with a silly massager. LOL
@MsTickle (25064)
• Australia
26 Aug 07
Good for you sweety. Just keep a clear picture in your mind on how you see the outcome. Think happy thoughts and repeat whenever you think about it..."Thank you for my healing" ...as though it has already happened. Imagine yourself WELL!! If you think about positive images and outcomes and events you will attract those things to you. Good luck darlin' and all the best....thinking of you.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
26 Aug 07
Thank you so much for the encouragement my friend. I'm trying to stay positive about it all. So far so good. ;)
@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
24 Aug 07
Sweetie I am so happy that you have gone to the Doctor and that things are being done now Why does it take the Insurance that long to authorize something as Important as that I really do not understand it Please Sweet be careful and take things easy for now Love you
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
25 Aug 07
I'm not sure exactly what the deal was with my insurance. But I found out from my doc that during the time that we were waiting for the approval for my MRI, the insurance company was denying approval for many many other people as well. Apparently, now, there is a class action law suit against them because of it so now they are finally allowing the MRIs to be done. It's just crazy. Thanks so much hon. Love you too.
@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
23 Aug 07
I have been dealing with back pain for a long time too and I know that it isn't any fun. I hope you get feeling better soon.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
23 Aug 07
Thank you so much hon. I hope you get to feeling better too.
@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
23 Aug 07
Oh, my You Poor thing..I am praying for you. I am so glad you went to the doctor. I hope the meds provide some relief..I love my massager..
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
23 Aug 07
Yes, the meds are helping a lot. Enough so that I don't have to bruise myself up anymore with Old Faithful. LOL Thanks sweetie.