Post # 17
@Miss Fish: All it’s cost me so far is my copays. $25 to see the specialist and a $25 copay per PT session.
I haven’t gotten the bills yet for the MRI/visits but I’d guess maybe another $25-$50 or so.
I had some pretty quick relief after the injection. Even though my discs were damaged, the dr said the majority of my pain is coming from all the tensed/spasmed muscles.
I could feel the muscle spasming as he gave me the shot, but I started to immediately feel relief.
It’s been 1 week now and I feel 100 times better even though I’m a long way from normal.
The pain is mostly gone and I’m just left with weakness/stiffness that will take time to resolve itself.
I was on a 5 day course of steroids and have no switched to anti-inflmatories. I am taking mild muscle relaxants to help me sleep at night, but none during the day.
ETA: Feel free to PM me at any time about this, back pain is just terrible.
Post # 18
@KatNYC2011: Ugh, my specialist visits are $50. Healthcare = fail. But the MRI is what I really need, and that seems pretty affordable. I’m glad it has been so successful for you! That’s definitely something I will look into. I’m going to schedule a physician’s visit while I’m home for break next week and see what the best steps to take are. I just want the pain to go away, and I want that to happen WITHOUT popping obscene amounts of pain killers. No one in my family is my blood type, so they can’t give me a liver. I checked lol.
Post # 19
I’m 23 I have pretty severe scolosis and even had a back brace in high school. I was sent to a couple different physical therapists when i was 16 or so, but they didn’t help. Then this year, my back was hurting so much that I started going to physical therapy again, and this time it was amazing. My threrapist designed exercises to correct the curve in my spine and if I kept up with doing them at home my back would seriously be straighter, sometimes i’d even be a couple inches taller than usual.
I totally recommend going to a doctor that knows about back problems that can do an x-ray and MRI. In the end it will be worth the cost, because if your back is this bad at 19, just imagine how it will be at 50 or 60 if you do nothing.
Post # 20
If you’re having neurologic symptoms, you definitely need to go to a regular doctor! The cost now is going to be way less than if you let it progress.
Post # 21
@Miss Fish: I was wayyyyyy too young for that. But, if you find youself faced with it, let me tell you it was the best thing I ever did. I went from no back pain to not being able to sit or walk, then to PT and surgery in about 7 months. Although it sucked, because I was so young the recovery time was very small. The only times it really bothers me now is when it’s very humid out, but it’s nothing compared to what it was.
Post # 22
I just want to put in a bit of a disclaimer: I am currently out of work with a very large herniation, and I also have numbness and muscle weakness in my leg.
A good chiro will absolutely refuse to see you if you have any complaint of nerve pain or numbness as they can do MUCH more damage to a herniated disc if they adjust you…I’m not saying there isn’t a benefit from seeing a chiro, but just that an orthopedic spine doctor who will prescribe an MRI should be your first step.