Update on my weird, scary pain
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|Thu, 08-19-2004 - 10:38am|
I went to my osteopath this morning, and a few days ago I sent over an MRI of my back that I had in 2002, just in case it might help him to figure out what's up with the increase in pain I've been having. Turns out that I have degeneration and arthritis in L4-L5...and that's the reason for the pain radiating to my ribs! The doc gave me a stronger pain medication with less Tylenol (so I feel better about taking it and don't worry all the time that my liver is going to explode) and I'm trying Vioxx too, to help with the inflammation. Also, I'm to go to PT 4 times, then continue the exercises at home.
I'm kind of confused because I had the MRI done 2 years ago by my chripractor, but he never mentioned anything about degeneration or arthritis, and he didn't change the course of treatment either. I'm trying to be positive and give the chiro 'benefit of the doubt', but I'm beginning to wonder if some of the docs I've been to are just clueless and shouldn't have a license to practice medicine!
Can anyone help me to understand why the chiro didn't tell me what was going on and didn't treat it either? Is it because of my age (I was 26 when the MRI was done - 28 now)? What do you guys think?
I hope your backs are doing well today! :o)