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Old 08-26-2011, 07:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Back Pain

So I've had a bad back for around 10-13 years now, was diagnosed with Scoliosis and Kyphosis this past year.

I've tried rehabilitating it in the past, and seemed like it was almost successful a few times, but then I'd have a terrible spasm which restricted my movement and gave me a ton of pain, this has happened twice in the past after a ton of improvement with my posture. Each time this happened it lasted for a good week or two, and after my back started to feel better, it seemed like I was back on page 1...my posture went to shit, and I had plenty of regular pain again.

The first of my two most recent episodes happened around 8 months ago, I was walking around Toronto on a job hunt all day when I started to get my usual "you've done too much" pain. So I headed home on the bus, 2 hours later I arrived at my house in tears because of how much worse the pain had got. I went to my local hospital where they just gave me 20 T3s, and sent me on my way.

I followed up with my family doctor about a week or so after, had the x-rays done to finally get a diagnosis as to what was wrong. I was then referred to a specialist, but until last week hadn't heard anything.

Last weekend I had another bad episode and was forced to leave work and go to the hospital (I work in an office...0 back strain.) because I couldn't bear with the pain just sitting there trying to do my job.

Once again they gave me some T3s, an anti inflamitory, and sent me on my way.

So I'm sitting here at home on my day off, I've seen my chiropractor 3 times this week (have been seeing them for years, seems like it's the only way that I can function somewhat properly) and I'm down to 4 T3s...and my back is still bothering me a ton. I really want to take some, but if I have another bad spasm, I also want to save them for that time, because I hate sitting in a hospital for hours in tons of pain, just to get a few pills that will last a few days. Usually the pain is much less by now after I have a spasm, but each time it happens the pain seems to linger longer and longer.

I finally got my appointment date for a specialist for next month, only because my mother has worked in the medical field for the past 10 years as a secretary and has some minor connections that managed to get me noticed. The appointment is Sept 19th.

Sorry for the huge wall of text, but this shit is really getting me down, especially recently. I'm afraid to do everyday things like go shopping, partying, exercising, ect.

I can't even imagine trying to to do physiotherapy for my back in the current condition it's in, I just feel so helpless.

Sorry for the long wall of text...just had to vent.

At least UFC is on tomorrow and will help me take my mind off it for a few hours.
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Go see a spinal surgeon. He'll want to cut you open. Let him. When you see him (or any other doctor), and they ask you why you're their, don't say "Because my back hurts". Say "I want to find out what I can do to fix this."

Spinal surgery sucks. The recovery sucks. But it sucks a whole lot less than living with the pain for the rest of your life.
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Old 10-23-2011, 06:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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So I saw my orthopedic consultant for my back, the second he saw my x-rays he told me he doesn't think Scoliosis is the problem seeing as it's a very minor curvature. The Kyphosis however is a different story, apparently mine is severe and he doesn't think I would be able to get better with physiotherapy alone, he highly recommends I get surgery, or it will probably just continue to get worse as it has over the past few years.

He referred me to a surgeon in the hospital who I haven't heard back from yet, I was told setting up an appointment might take a few weeks, I'm going to call next weekend if he hasn't reached me yet.
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