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Re: Newbie :)
Aug 5, 2003
Hi Katt!

Sorry about your back giving you problems....but, you've come to the right place!

You mention the spasms in T area. I have that, too - and it has little to do w/ that area. On MRI - I have 'straightening of normal lumbar lordosis' - straight back. Good - I thought. WRONG. [img][/img]

Doc said back is in major spasm. He said muscles typically will spasm when they're trying to protect something - discs, spine. I have a tear in L4....and coccyx issues. Apparently, my back is over-compensating for what's going on.

Xray might show a little, but - MRI definitely shows more.

I understand where you're coming from w/ new insurance. Get a copy of the policy. Read it from cover to cover. See what it says about pre-existing conditions. Seems like mine had some 'allowances' - you may be pleasantly surprised.

As long as you're not planning on zapping your workplace for this, I wouldn't feel too bad about waiting on insurance to kick in. [img][/img] You'll be no good to anyone if you're destitute...and will actually cost the taxpayers more if you Don't wait for insurance.

Keep in mind that a back 'injury' can happen from the smallest thing....bending over to pick up laundry, reaching high for something, ...

In the meantime, be careful. Until you get your back stabilized (as successtory suggests :)) you Don't want to do more harm! :eek:

Keep us posted!


9/22/00 24 hour labor, baby posterior, left tailbone killing me
12/00 MRI -normal-but pain still-began taking vicodin
2/8/02 - 2nd baby born - Csection-healthy girl
2000-11/02 various PT + pain meds
11/02 Referred to Neuro
3/03 NEW MRI - slight bulge L3-L4, DDD, neural foramen,Superior aspect S1 and L5 Nerve root involvement-Neuro Refers to PM for ESI's
(2 Rt Transforaminal,1 lumbosacral,3rd one numbed tailbone little
5/9 - Discogram - shows Tear L4 w/ significant leak onto nerves, DDD
Performing doc oversedated, False Negative
7/8- Dept Head ClCl consult
7/28 - ClevelClinic for Facet Injection, changed to Caudal Epidural after seeing xray of displaced coccyx;also,coccygeal manipulation
8/12 - sched for 2nd Caudal & manipulation

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