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.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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