I have been getting ready for a Thanksgiving trip and my back is just killing me! It usually hurts pretty bad but I over worked it today. All this pain reminds me of when I was being evaluated by a doctor when I first hurt my back. He heard everything I said and saw from an MRI that I have disk disease with a protrusion into my nerve and other disks were messes up as well. I was telling him how much PAIN I was in and he looked at me and said "this is a very common problem. I get these complaints all the time." He told me to put ice/heat on it, rest, take Motrin, excercise after I have rested and lose weight. So I have been working on all of those things. My back is worse than it was a year ago when he told me all of that! I got another doctor and I don't think she really cares all that much either. She did send me to a rheumatologist because I also have all over body pain from something else.The point is how do we convey to doctors that this is real debilitating pain. It doesn't make it any better for them to say "it's a common problem" Is that supposed to make it hurt less? I'm sure anyone with this "common problem" are doing anything they can to fix it. Maybe it's me. Maybe I don't properly get across how horrible this is! That living like this isn't living at all! Have any of you had a doctor or specialists that treated you like your pain is no big deal? Thanks Jen
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