What can we do?

@dorannmwin (36634)
United States
November 3, 2010 11:30am CST
My husband has been dealing with pain in his back for the greatest majority of this year. He's been to his family doctor and has now changed family doctor's because his health insurance changed. He will go in and complain of the pain that he is having in his back and they really aren't doing anything for it. He, and I, are about at the end of our ropes with this series of medical issues, but neither of us know where to turn. Has there ever been anyone else that has dealt with persistant back pain? What did you do to treat it? Is there a specific specialty of doctor that he needs to see? Do you experience back pain now?
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29 responses
• United States
3 Nov 10
Has your husband had an MRI for his back? If not I would suggest he does as you would want to know what parts of his L-spine and or T-spine may be affected and if he needs more then intense therapy. I would suggest a neurologist, this is my area and have seen so many of people with problems. A neurologist can determine instantly with an exam as to whether an MRI is required and or the shots would be best. Look into that and good luck with all the insurance mumble jumbo as with the new law changes there will be many insurance benefit cuts. Especially in the area of Chiropractors which currently is not covered by much anyways.
@dorannmwin (36634)
• United States
9 Nov 10
He did have an MRI in September and it is showing that there could be arthritis as well as one bulging disc that could cause a pinched nerve. The search for answers continues, but at least his new doctor seems to be looking at every possiblity.
@saqi78 (1402)
• Malaysia
3 Nov 10
My mother had back and joints pain, we tried many allopathic medicine but it never worked out and due to these medicines she had some side effects like constipation, gaining weight etc, then some one told us to go for Chinese medication, it was really amazing effects in start for first few months it works very good and taking medicine ll relief, but if you stop medication pain ll again start, but we have no other choice because with Chinese medicines there is no side effects. I dont know whether Chinese medication is available over there or not, just shift from allopathy to homeopathy or Chinese medication, it may help....:) God bless you
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@dorannmwin (36634)
• United States
9 Nov 10
I will definitely have to check and see if there are any Chinese type doctors around here. At this point in time we are willing to try almost anything.
@saqi78 (1402)
• Malaysia
9 Nov 10
May God bless you and your family with good health and happy life Happy Lotting
@bellis716 (4802)
• United States
5 Nov 10
Like most people of a certain age, I have back pain most of the time. I treat it with ibuprofen and exercises that my yoga instructor recommended. What doctor your husband should be seeing depends on the cause of his problem. My back pain is the result of osteoarthritis.
@dorannmwin (36634)
• United States
9 Nov 10
The doctor that he is seeing now seems to think that the reason that he has been experiencing pain is due to rheumatoid arthritis, but it hasn't been confirmed yet.
@dav20b (507)
• United States
4 Nov 10
well one doctor told my dad when he hurt his back a long time ago that if he built up the muscles around the injury then it would help with his back pain.Also lifting with your legs helps some and back shots is risky since if they make one mistake you can get paralized.You may want to try a hot and or cold wrap that you put on the area that hurts that helps a little.
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@dorannmwin (36634)
• United States
9 Nov 10
You are definitely right about lifting with your legs instead of lifting with your back. I learned that lesson when I was younger and was working as a nursing assistant at one of our local hospitals.
@patms1 (522)
• United States
4 Nov 10
For years I went through living h@## with back pain that went right to my knees. I to went to many doctors who could do nothing. One night my guardian angle must have thought I had had enough. It suddenly dawned on me that at night I would sit in my bedroom and read for hours but when I got up there was no pain. I took a tape measure and when I measured the bedroom chair from the seat to the floor then I went out to the chair I sit on to watch TV there was a 2 and a half inch difference. After I made the chair the same height it was like a miracle. No more pain. Now if I am going someplace where I am going to have to sit for any length of time I make sure its the correct height. If I can't change chairs i make a habit of getting up every few minuets just to give my back a chance to rest. Try it. I hope it works for you as well and it did for me.
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@dorannmwin (36634)
• United States
9 Nov 10
What a great way to have come up with a solution for yourself. I don't think that it is a height issue that is causing my husband's problems, but I'm very glad that you were able to solve your problems.
@pastigger (617)
• United States
3 Nov 10
I have had back problems since I was 2 years old. I have some disc damage. I dealt with it for years until it got to the point where I was really falling out of bed and hoping that my feet hit first. I started going to a chiropractor and that has helped a lot. I went a few times a week when I first started going and now I go once a month unless I am in pain then I go early. I recently did something and I could barley move. I went to chiropractor and they did what they could went to regular doctor and got muscle relaxors and pain meds. Took those for about a week and back to chiropractor. Ice can help but only do that for 20 mins and then wait for at least 20 mins before repeating. I saw doctors for my back when I was young and the disc actually grew back but now they are a bit compressed and I will deal with that. I guess I should be in more pain than I am but unless I really put it out of whack I just keep on going. Back pain is a hard one as it can last a really long time and come and go. I hope he can find something that works.
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@dorannmwin (36634)
• United States
9 Nov 10
See, I have back problems as well from a combination of a car accident almost eight years ago and also an accident at work five years ago. I've been able to deal with mine and don't really have frequent occurances, but I do know that they will come. I know that I've come herniation in L3-L5.
• United States
3 Nov 10
Dora- As you already know my husband is a disabled vet and at age 32 he is still fighting with the VA as well as private doctors regarding his chronic pain. He finally received the diagnosis of beginning arthritis in his knees (as that is the original site of injury/pain) but it has now moved to hips and back. There are days he wakes up and cannot move out of bed for a few hours. And even once he moves he's having to use crutches (as they will not provide a motorized vehicle for someone so young, and won't even provide a handicap parking decal until he's near 60) just to get around which makes his job even that more difficult. My husband has seen regular doctors, neurologists, and osteo doctors but none truly want to give him the diagnosis stating that even in early stages it might "go away" and "Well, you're so young you couldn't possibly have this much pain". He cannot get MRI's or so forth done and all he's had so far are regular xrays which never reveal as much as a more in-depth scope would. I would suggest that you continue to ask for referrals (not sure how your insurance operates) or just go in network to other specialists. Our plan actually has chiropractic care but they only allow for 12 visits a year which isn't much. That is more maintenance. Most chiropractors are going to want to see you a few times a week initially to get things set. I very much believe in their care as they can align the spine and keep things in check while also trying to manage pain naturally. For natural pain killers I would recommend Tumeric capsules, Paprika capsules, and White Willow Bark capsules. They all work to reduce swelling and pain. You can also have him take a cherry concentrate (this is not to be confused with fruit juice, it's actually something very different but you can find it at GNC) which will also help to reduce swelling. You can also try having him do yoga as this will help to stretch and strengthen the muscles. I hope this helps a bit. Namaste-Anora
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@dorannmwin (36634)
• United States
9 Nov 10
Some of the symptoms that Tom is having sound similar to what your husband is going through. I just hope that the answers will be revealed to us soon. He has new insurance now and it seems that they are working with him at this point in time.
@much2say (51037)
• Los Angeles, California
3 Nov 10
My husband and his side of the family have a history of back problems - mostly lower back. His sister has it really bad, but keeping fit and doing yoga stretches seem to be helping her to "maintain". Still, she has lower back pain when she sits for a long time - like at work or taking a long drive. For her, the cat pose and dog pose in yoga is her favorite (where you are on all fours - then you arch up your back like a cat and hold . . . then arch under the other way and hold). My hubby has back problems too . . . but honestly I think he needs to work out more - particularly in the tummy area. Stronger tummy muscles helps with the back. Sorry to hear about the medical issues . . . yah, sometimes doctors are of no help.
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@dorannmwin (36634)
• United States
9 Nov 10
He has gotten a new family doctor because his health insurance changed and at this point in time, it seems that they are really trying to find the answers that we need. He has been in constant contact with us since his visit last week.
@wongchoiyee (7453)
• Malaysia
3 Nov 10
I am sorry to hear that your husband illness. Maybe he should try some body massage or acupuncture. I hope he will get well soon!
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@dorannmwin (36634)
• United States
9 Nov 10
I have suggested alternative treatments for him, but he is still convinced that the doctors will be able to help him find the answers.
3 Nov 10
one of my ex's had back pain, for some reason they sent her to the hospital for a check on her kidneys, everything was fine and they could find nothing at all yet she still to this day is in pain. All the medics say is the tests have come back clear and so there is no more we can do, they make you feel as though you are lying, i wonder just how hard they really do look.
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@dorannmwin (36634)
• United States
9 Nov 10
I believe that it takes quite a bit of work to get the answers that you need when you have problems with your back. I think that we are in luck now that we have found a doctor that seems to genuinely care and is looking at every possibility so that we can get the answers that we seek.
@eshaan (6192)
• India
3 Nov 10
I have recently crossed thirties and now entered forties ...but am, happy that i have not got pain in back....sometimes when i worked too much physically for long hours...i had some stiffening and had slight pain ...but that was temporary... i think you should take him to orthopedics...and get proper treatment
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@dorannmwin (36634)
• United States
9 Nov 10
At this point in time we've been through one family doctor, an MRI and now a new family doctor because his insurance changed. We are thinking that it could be that he has rheumatoid arthritis, but we aren't sure yet.
• India
21 Nov 10
Dear dorann My wife had this problem for years, doctors initially advised mild painkillers and next powerful ones, sonography revealed stones in gall bladder, the pain was said to be some kind of 'referred-pain' due to stones, the gall bladder was operated totally ou, but pain persisted; lastly we tried herbal medicines and massage with herbal oils, she is better now.. Thank you so much for sharing the story.You may try herbal or homoeopathy medicines.. Professor. . Cheers have a great day ahead. God bless you. Welcome always.
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@chertsy (3804)
• United States
8 Nov 10
Did your husband do something to hurt his back? If so, what area of his back hurts. I hurt my back back in 98 when me and my sister flipped an atv. I can't stand for long periods of time without my back hurting or sit. It totally messed up my lower back. I just take otc things for it. I am afraid of what a doctor will do or put me on. Instead of going to his family doctor, he needs to see a doctor that specializes in that field. He can take alleve until he sees a doctor. If he hasn't taken it before it will help for the time being. I hope he finds out what is causing the pain and the doctor will fix it.
@dorannmwin (36634)
• United States
9 Nov 10
He hasn't been involved in anything recently to hurt his back, however, when he was younger he was involved in several car accidents. Also, though we know that the primary care provider can't really do anything, we have to get the referral from them.
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@chertsy (3804)
• United States
9 Nov 10
It shouldn't be hard to get a referral from your primary care provider, hopefully. I do hope your husband finds out what the cause is and a doctor can get rid of it. Having back pains isn't a fun thing to deal with. I already have arthritis in my back so there is no going back from that.
@dorannmwin (36634)
• United States
12 Nov 10
I too know that having problems with your back isn't something that is fun to deal with because I have back problems as well. For us it was almost like we had to start all over again though because he got new insurance at work which meant he had to get a new primary care provider.
@jdyrj777 (6538)
• United States
5 Nov 10
Maybe he needs to be more persistant with the doctor about seeing what is causing the back pain. I do not have back pain but i have a growth in the middle of my thumb print. Last time i went to the clinic i asked the doctor to look at it. He didnt even cross the room to look. He took a clipper out of his pocket and said he could take care of it right now. OK this thing has been there at least 7yrs. It can be very painful alot of the time. Does that idiot think that in that 7yrs ive never clipped and applied wart medicines. Ive in fact tried 3 different wart medicines. Clipped it many more times than that. And its still there. Im right handed and sometimes just turning a key in a lock is as painful as having a nail driven into your thumb. Perhaps that doctor just thought "oh so you had it 7 yrs already your used to it by now". Its painful and i want it out. The pain isnt just surface it goes to the bone. Worse yet what is it? I dont even know if it is a wart. Months after this occured i recieved a letter from the clinic saying this doctor had finished his internship to start his own practice. Look out world because we dont know where he is practicing. Lousy doctor on the loose.
@dorannmwin (36634)
• United States
9 Nov 10
He is at the point now that he is getting very persistant with the doctors and I also think that we are getting close to getting the answers that we've been looking for through all of this time.
@jdyrj777 (6538)
• United States
9 Nov 10
Maybe thats the key is to be persistant.
@dorannmwin (36634)
• United States
12 Nov 10
I'm definitely starting to believe that persistance is the key.
@savypat (20219)
• United States
3 Nov 10
Pain in the back may mean nerves are involved so you would need to see a neurologist. My Daughter who has been in terrible pain has done this and she is facing surgury next week. We are told this will be an easy fix and she will be walking out of surgury in about 2 hours. She will face some recoup time, but it turned out not to be as bad as we thought it would be. It's always best to get an expert so you know exactly what is going on. That way you can make choices instead of just using stop gap methods. It took us months to finally face this.
@dorannmwin (36634)
• United States
9 Nov 10
Right now we are working with a new primary care provider and it is starting to look more and more like he has rheumatoid arthritis. It is very frustrating though because it has taken us months to even find that much out.
@savypat (20219)
• United States
9 Nov 10
It is not unusual for this to take a long time to find. I think many other things present the same way. I have a Rheumantoligist who I see monthly to control my problems. I'm not sure of the spelling here.
@dorannmwin (36634)
• United States
12 Nov 10
We went back to the doctors on Wednesday and he put him on Darvocet for right now to help control his pain and he has been in contact with a rheumatologist from the University of Kentucky. They are also trying to get a referral appointment set up for the rheumatologist.
@KrauseHome (36633)
• United States
9 Nov 10
Wow, I feel for you. Having Medical issues that no one knows how to treat, or wants to figure out a way to be able to treat is not Fun for sure. I know with situations with myself it seems that way many times with my Diabetes as well. All I can say is maybe you need to call his Insurance company and find out what they can suggest. Has anyone tried doing an MRI to see if they can find something from that? Are they giving him something for the pain? Personally I think being able to do some research while continuing to ask questions could be the Best thing for sure. My thoughts and Prayers are with you, and hoping something is found for him soon.
@dorannmwin (36634)
• United States
12 Nov 10
He did have an MRI in September and then his work changed insurance companies so we almost had to start all over again. It has taken us three weeks with the new doctors to start to get some answers, and yes, they now have him on something to help control the pain. We still don't know the root cause of it, but I do finally feel like we are having steps in the right direction.
@aerous (13452)
• Philippines
8 Nov 10
I think your husband need a physical therapist to see what the reason of the pain in his back. Here in our country there are many so called "hilot" in local terms of physical therapist which is not educated in the school but they are born to be like that.
@dorannmwin (36634)
• United States
9 Nov 10
Physical therapy might be something that will be used as a treatment, but before we are able to get started with that, we really do need to find out what is the cause of the pain that he is experiencing.
@kylanie (1205)
• United States
8 Nov 10
yeah I have pain in my lower back when I talked to the dr all he did was give me pain pills and sometimes it does not help I have to use heat on my back to help me some so that I can sleep if you find out info on a good dr to see please let me know.
@dorannmwin (36634)
• United States
9 Nov 10
Right now we haven't gotten to the point of a good doctor, but I will most definitely let you know if we are able to find one.
@gdesjardin (1921)
• United States
5 Nov 10
I am grateful that I don't have back pain. I do have a bunch of other medical problems, but not back pain (thank goodness). I do have friends that have been in accidents and now suffer from chronic back pain. I know my one friends just deals with it, but my other friend (who is in far worse pain) goes to a chiropractor all the time. She has her spine realigned routinely and also goes to physical therapy.
@dorannmwin (36634)
• United States
9 Nov 10
Physical therapy was briefly discussed for him, but the new doctor wants to hold off on that until we are able to get to the root of the problem. We know that pain is a symptom of a problem, not the actual problem itself.
@bounce58 (17441)
• Canada
5 Nov 10
I am no expert, and I don't have back pains (I think), but I just wanted to suggest an accupuncturist. I know an officemate of mine went through some pains and he was talking about getting rid of most of his pains after seeing an accupuncturist. Hope he gets better!
@dorannmwin (36634)
• United States
9 Nov 10
I don't know that there are any acupuncturists around here, but it might be something that is definitely worth looking into.