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Back Pain/ probable endocarditis (atypical?)

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  • Posted By: brad2571
  • April 26, 2007
  • 03:28 PM

I've had intense localized back pain for almost 4 years now. No help forthcoming fom American medical system. They won't even order any tests or refer me to a specialist. They take great pleasure in telling me how wrong i am. But have absolutely nothing constructive to offer themselves. Pretty pathetic if you ask me. I plan to seek out treatment outside the country. Any suggestions or insights?

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  • You don't give much information about your back pain. It would be good to have more information, but it is unlikely that you have had endocarditis for 4 years. In addition, you primary symptoms would be of the cardiac and shortness of breath nature.My suggestion is to find a good physical therapist. There is good evidence for the use of physical therapy (PT) for back pain, and all PTs screen to make sure that your back pain falls under their scope of practice. In many states you do not need a PT referral/prescription to get PT, you can just schedule an appointment directly with their office; and most insurance plans cover all but your copay.PTs that are "McKenzie trained" are especially well equipped to address back pain. McKenzie is a diagnostic and treatment philosophy within PT that specializes in addressing back pain. Find a McKenzie-specialized PT in your area here: http://www.mckenziemdt.org/index_us.cfmGood luck.
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  • Ive had more luck with chiropractors fixing back pain after trying a couple of physios which helped none, more recently thou I found a physio who works like a chiro as far as back manipulation goes, well as being a normal physio (and who gives me exercise for back etc) and she is great for my back. If it wasnt for her... I'd be unable to walk .. and instead Im back pain free. (In the past I had to spend one week in hospital due to my back as I couldnt move.. the hospital phyiso was completely useless) .. and I also had my back get to the stage where I couldnt even weight bear on one of my legs.. so couldnt walk, due to rsevere refered back pain into my hip). So if a chiro or physio dont work.. try another. You may need to try several (try to get individual personal recommendations rather then just going to any)
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  • I've had intense localized back pain for almost 4 years now. No help forthcoming fom American medical system. They won't even order any tests or refer me to a specialist. They take great pleasure in telling me how wrong i am. But have absolutely nothing constructive to offer themselves. Pretty pathetic if you ask me. I plan to seek out treatment outside the country. Any suggestions or insights?I know the feeling. Although I do have a diagnoses of early osteoporsis. I am only 33 years old. My free clinic doctor told me to go to Canada if I wanted any treatment. He told me what doesn't kill us makes us stronger. I feel like it is killing me. It hurts to move around, and I am a wife and mother of two. I cant take the pain much longer. That doctor also told me that it was EXCITING that I could be a case study b/c of my young age and diminshed bones:( What ever happend to sympathy or compasion? What is wrong with the American way?
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