Have you had any accidents or falls lately? How long has your back been "burning"...and is it in the same area every time?
I know that hind site is 20-20, but you really should have went to the hospital for x-rays after your accident. I really have no doubt that the trouble you are having is directly related to the accident you had years ago. I am unfortunately, able to say this because I did the same thing. I had an accident several years ago to where I was knocked out for a short time. I awoke, said that I was feeling fine, and against my family's wishes did not go to the doctor. After some time I started having some of the exact problems you are describing. I also could not hold my hands above my head even long enough to put in my own pony tail. So started my search for what was going on with me. I went to SEVERAL doctors that gave me a diagnosis of everything from being "depressed"...to having "systemic Lupus". Finally, after years of pain, numbness and burning, I quit going and figured that this is just how I was going to be. I knew in my heart that all of those doctors were wrong. I moved back to my home town, went back to my same ole doctor that I had went to for years (thinking that he was not a very good doctor for "Important" stuff), in passing told him about my problems, and his eyes got big, had me describe the problems again and sent me straight out for an MRI. He had the results sent back to him quickly and within a few days I was sitting in the office of a neurologist. I had a loop of spinal cord that was outside the c-5 and c-6 vertebrae in my neck. I was immediately scheduled for surgery...wound up with spinal cord damage, degeneration of my spine, permanent numbness and tingling in my hands, burning in my shoulder, and pain in my back. Over the years I have been to other neurologists to see if there is any surgery that can take away the pain that I go through every day. I have had other MRI's, Mylegram's, and other testing, for them to say that the damage is now permanent because I waited to long to go to the doctor. I am now on a fentanyl patch, hydrocodone and carisoprodol every day, and my life revolves around doctors appointments and pharmacy's closing times. And I have 9 children. 6 of which are still at home. Dear, I hate to see you go through this because I have been there, and am there now. I am making this a free post, keep your five dollars, and do what ever you can do to get to a doctor that is going to listen to you. I don't know anything about Michigan, but I do know that there will be someone out there that will see you and help you to get the care you need. You are going to have to get on the phone or on the internet, and see what is available to your area. If you have to go out of town, do that. You want to go to a bigger hospital where they have neurology patients on a daily basis.
If there is anything I can do, please let me know as I will be glad to help if I can.
Good Luck to you, You are in my prayers.
Oh My Goodness...PLEASE, do NOT let your daughter "crack" or "Pop" your back!!!!! If by some weird chance you are like me, and have a loop of spinal cord bulging from in between your vertebrae, you could be paralyzed for life! Believe me, I know it hurts, and I definitely feel your pain. It is hard when you have had everything done possible, let alone when you haven't yet. You need to see a Neurologist - and asap. You still have a good chance of being helped. I went to only one appointment before I was scheduled for surgery. Hopefully you will not be like me, and get a good one the first time off! Try hard dear to gather your information, and make a good pick, get everything you can out of each appointment, stand up for yourself, and don't let them say or do anything you don't agree with. Research...Research. Now you have a starting point, and I will always be here for you. KNOW YOUR PROBLEM... print off pages from the internet and take them with you for "back up". One of the first things they teach you in ANY medical profession...is to LISTEN to your patient - they will sometimes know more about their own condition than you...And if you find a good doctor...he will. Sometimes others don't understand that when they talk about "affordable payments", that THAT'S not even affordable. Another thing that you might think about, that one of the surgeons spoke of...which you will have to see your doc first...is your disability. I haven't done it yet because I am a "hard head", but because you are by yourself, and all of the problems, I feel pretty sure that you would get it. I should, and probably will eventually - my husband tells me I should almost daily.
Dee, you have my email, PLEASE dear, stay in touch and keep me informed! You have a friend and sister indeed...and I will be thinking about you, and keep you in my prayers. I wish you the best, XXXXX XXXXX GET DISCOURAGED!!! remember you haven't been helped yet- and there are new procedures every day. Take care, and I hope to hear from you soon!
I sent you a private message with the following link:
I also sent you a copy of the page from the link in a separate private message. Please check this out. It is called "COVER THE UNINSURED EXPO" and it is held on Tuesday, May 3, 2005 from 1p.m. to 8 p.m. at:
First Presbyterian Church, 746 S. Saginaw Street in Flint, Michigan. You can call for more info at:(NNN) NNN-NNNN/P>
Services include free health screenings and resources available to the uninsured along with free advice from doctors and pharmacists on site. I gave you all the details in the private message I sent you or you can just click on the above link.
This sounds like a great place to start. Hopefully you can get some help obtaining health insurance. Your problem NEEDS to be addressed by a health care professional. Please follow up and let us know how you make out. We are all here for you. Best wishes~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~AnnlynnRN
Thanks for your email the other day, It was so sweet of you! Yes I would be very anxious to hear what you find out. No dear, I'm sorry but the plain Tylenol and motrin are going to get to the point to where they do nothing at all. Eventually you will need something stronger to help. I am so glad that we have been able to help you, you are in my thoughts every day, and I think that you are a pretty special person also. I have been waiting to hear from you. About "popping" your back...at least wait till you have some testing done and find out what is going on inside before you attempt that again. My doctor told me that if I had done that, it would have paralyzed me for life. Since we are not absolute on what you have going on...better safe than sorry if ya know what I mean!
Take care babe, and stay in touch.
You are in my thoughts and prayers...