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Severe Lower Back Pain

I have been having severe chronic lower back pain for several years.  It does not allow me to stand for more than a few minutes before I have pain radiating from my lower back down my legs.  If I continue to stand and ignore the pain, my legs start to go numb and I fall if I do not sit down quickly enough.  This affects my whole life, I have trouble standing long enough to cook food, take a shower, and do much of anything in my daily life. My social life is pretty much non-existent as I can't stand long enough to do anything. I have become pretty much homebound and struggle to get to my vehicle to go to appts. I can't even have a normal job and am forced to look for a work from home job since I cannot stand.  

Due to going many years with undiagnosed diabetes, I am also overweight.  I used to be a fairly active person, but I'm afraid being unable to be active will add to my weight problem, which will likely add to my back problems.  My doctor said that my MRI shows nothing wrong, I have been to a chiropractor, and have went through physical therapy.  The physical therapy seemed to make the problem worse and the chiropractic visits didn't affect it at all.  

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  • challengercchallenger Posts: 1,171
    edited 07/18/2019 - 3:28 PM

    jam5146

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    Sorry that you are having so much pain and so many medical issues

    Chip

  • I'm sorry, I was not very specific in my post.  So far I have had an MRI, CT scans, x-rays, and a nerve test.  The nerve test showed polyneuropathy in my lower left leg.  My diabetes is has been pretty well under control for about the past two years.  I asked about being referred to a specialist and I was told the only person I could see was a surgeon and that they would do nothing for me.  This advice has mostly come from my primary care physician.  


    Thank you for your answer.


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  • challengercchallenger Posts: 1,171
    edited 07/18/2019 - 3:28 PM

    jam

    Thank's for the clarification. You have to be your own advocate, it's your body and you know you are in pain and limited in what you can do, if you don't fight for yourself, nobody else will.

    Chip

  • Jerome001Jerome001 Cocoa Beach, FloridaPosts: 259

    " I was told the only person I could see was a surgeon and that they would do nothing for me." I truly don't understand why a medical professional ever says this to a patient! How do they know? I agree with Chip, you are your best advocate and I too would see a surgeon. Even if it ends up being there is nothing they can do at least you will know. Good luck!

  • L4_L5LL4_L5 Posts: 1,127
    edited 06/18/2019 - 9:45 AM

    It sounds like your PCP saw your unremarkable MRI report and thus assumed you don’t need to see a neurosurgeon. 

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  • You can’t give up insist on seeing a specialist, there has to be a reason , don’t stop pushing

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