Kenzif

695d

Dealing with Chronic Low Back Pain for 15 Years

Hello all, I'm pretty sure that I have been on this app for a couple of months now(very bad STM due to a Sever TBI) and I believe this is my 1st post. That being said, I need some advice. I have been dealing with severe chronic low back pain for 15 years now. I have tried almost every kind of treatment out there. Here is part of my story. 1st was trying to find a doctor who would treat me or look at me as a human being. I have tried injections, nerve oblations, TENS unit, narcotics, cognitive behavioral and physical therapy, you name it I've done it. the only treatment I have not tried is a spinal cord stimulator. I have not tried that because I hear different results from different people and currently the regiment that my doctor has me on is someone working and I don't want to go into another situation blind, not knowing if it'll work or if it's just a crapshoot. I have a couple of different questions, I will do my best to keep this as short as possible. For my back the only thing I am doing to treat the pain that I have in my lower back is by taking narcotics (around the clock) and going to physical therapy to hopefully strengthen my back so that it does not hurt as bad. For my medication, I see a pain specialist. The last time my back has been looked at or examined was when I went in for my last back surgery. that took place in 2011, my husband feels like I should be reevaluated by a spine doctor, I'm just not sure what they would find and I also afraid of what they will find. In September it will have been 3 years since my traumatic brain injury, I am still trying to figure my way through that issue before I jump into another issue possibly major issue. Am I foolish to want to wait till I find out what's going on with my brain before I start examining my back? I have been seeing my pain doctor now for 3yrs. Now mind you, I would absolutely 1000% Love Love to get off of the narcotics. I just don't see any other solution out there that would be able to allow me to do the things that I am today, I hope that makes sense. Any advice or thoughts y'all may have for me, I would be greatly greatly appreciated! (I'm very sorry for how long this post of mine turned out to be. 🤗) ~Tina

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