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I've had lower back pain since I was 16. For 15 years it has been constant and I'm at my limit.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 23, 2015
  • 01:32 PM

When I was 16 my back began to hurt off and on. I was told it was because I was fat or I was lazy. When I was in my 20's, I was hurting more often and had my first episode where I could not walk because of the pain. When I finally saw my doctor, he asked me, "What narcotics are you after?" I told him I didn't want narcotics, I wanted help. He patted me on the head and said, "Good girl" and walked out of the room. End of visit. Since then I have seen several doctors, all making me feel that, if they ignore me, I'll go away. They schedule tests (pap smears, mammograms - and now, a colonoscopy) that have nothing to do with my problem and I cannot afford. I haven't been able to work for at least 13 years because of this and can't get on disability because I have to be referred to a doctor who can help, but can't get a doctor to refer me, even if I could afford it. My back hurts, my legs are numb and tingling (my doctor says this is diabetic neuropathy, despite the fact I've been diabetic for less than 4 years and the tingling has been going on for more than 10 years), my feet are always cold, I have severe muscle spasms and my hips hurt. I can be walking and my legs just stop - I can't get them to move at all for a few moments, or they will give away beneath me. I can hear the bones in my back crack and grind when I walk. I can't do the things I once enjoyed. I'm in pain, depressed, and things are only getting worse. Please, some one help me.

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  • Oh my dear I feel your pain and frustration. I have endured the very same chronic excruciating pain, starting when I turned 16 and have never been the same again and is exactly as you described. I was not over-weight though when I was young and still do not have diabetes, but have in the last year gained a ton of weight due to increasing medical disease and chronic pain. The hip pain you explained and the numb tingling sharp shooting pain resonates in my mind day in and out and there is no more of an intensely depressive feeling to live in pain and be unanswered, misconstrued, misdiagnosed, & most of all DISMISSED by doctors!!! I have in my endeavors come to realize the poor abrassive bedside manor that leads to dismissive arragance has been in every case to be, a HUGE distraction from the TRUTH that is, THEY DONT KNOW!!! However, physicians with this "manor of care" will never admit to that FACT; Therefore, they dismiss thru manipulation of your insecurities to hide theirs!!!!
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  • Go to a ortho specialist for your back. You may have mild compression fractures. An x-ray will confirm it.
    Good luck
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