:''( Hi everyone, my name is Nancy. I am 41, had some back problems ever since I was around 12 or so and fell on a roller skate wheel that got me right around my tailbone. Ever since then, I can't stand too long, or stay in one position for too long. That wasn't that big of a deal tho, never went to the Dr. for it, I just dealt with it. I also have diabetes and high blood pressure, depression and generalized anxiety disorder, which makes everything horribly worse. Anyway, about 3 months ago or so, my legs started aching terribly, and nothing really helped, not changing positions, nothing. I went to my Dr. (a PA at my Dr. office actually) who just pushed the pain aside and said it was probably diabetic neuropathy. I bought that idea and was started on Cymbalta, for depression, but also indicated for diabetic peripheral nerve pain. Helped the depression, but didn't touch the legs. Since then, my Dr. has put me on Januvia for the diabetes and as a side note, its been a miracle drug for me... my A1C levels are now in perfectly normal range! Anyway... my Dr put me on Vicodin for the pain, which is the ONLY med that helps. I've tried Darvocet 100, Ultram and a couple others... nothing. So, I've been living on the Vicodin, which it generally takes two to take the pain away. Now, the pain has moved up into my back, lower at first, but now also right in the middle. Finally, my doctor is taking me seriously. I have lost 20 lbs since February without trying, although that could be from the diabetes going back to normal. Regardless, he took x-rays the other day and my spine and hips looked fine.He now has me scheduled for a bone scan this coming Thursday and is in the process of scheduling an MRI asap. The tests themselves scare the crap out of me, let alone what they might find. With my anxiety, in my mind everything is cancer. So I've been spending hours looking up spinal cancer, which isn't doing my mentality any better. I guess I just need someone to talk to and understand the pain, which, although my family believes me, they don't take it too seriously. My husband thinks I should be ready for sex, day or night, and my kids want me to run around to store after store shopping or whatever. I have to take 2 vicodin to be able to even function in the morning, and even THAT doesn't guarantee that I'm going to feel well enough to move any further than to the bathroom. Thats the story so far. Will update after tests. But I do have a couple questions.
First of all, I am unable to work at the moment because of the pain in the legs and back. I have no idea about how to apply for temporary disability while going through these tests. Secondly, would an x-ray show any degenerative disc disease processes? Thirdly, how likely do you think it is that this IS somehow spinal cancer? I'm just so terrified of everything that is happening to me right now and can't get much understanding from my family. Why aren't I cleanig the house like I should be? Why haven't I just jumped up and went grocery shopping? I don't even know how to answer them, since the xray showed nothing, that isn't helping my case when I say I'm in pain and can't really do anything today. Can someone please just talk to me? I would appreciate it very much!