It feels like someone forced a pair of plyers between the vertabre in my spine and is prying them apart?

On March 3, 2014

Does anyone know what could cause this?

Last march i dove behind a bunker playing paintball and somewhat contorted myself mid fall and the next day i awoke with tremendous lower back pain. The pain presisted for a month and i went in to see my doctor and eventually did xrays and an MRI. My results showed that i had minor degeneritive disc disease in my bottom 4 vertabre. It is now the end of august (6 months later) and i still am in a rather severe amount of pain. It has gotten worse and is now effecting my eating habits and i wake up usually 6-10 times in the night in pain. I have to set my alarm clock early just in case i wake up and it takes me an hour to get out of bed. i have tried non steroidal anti inflamitory and steroidal anti-inflamitory medications along. i have also tried chiropractic care and conventional and alternative medicines. ive had muscle relaxers and everything it seems like at this point. the only relief i ever get from this pain is from oxycodone. which frankly i have yet to have a doctor prescribe me apart from E.R. or Urgent care.
The Absolute most troublesome part of this whole ordeal is of the dozen different doctors i have seen every single one of them takes a look at my Minor degenerative disc disease and says its not a big deal and sends me on my way with a “good luck and a pat on the back”. The only people who have tried giving me the anti inflamitory drugs and painkillers are in urgent care and E.R. so i cant see them as i need to.

I dont know where to go. I dont know who can help me or where to turn to. I dont think it would be the degeneritive disc disease causeing this pain considering every doctor tells me im fine and get over it.

Can someone please give some advice in what to do or where to go. Or what could possibly be causeing this pain and discomfort.

I work sales for Toyota on a commission basis and cant afford to be dealing with this at work.

Again It feels like someone forced a pair of plyers between the vertabre in my spine and is prying them apart.

Chosen Answer:

I had that problem–degenerative disc, L4. In addition to my back it was grinding on my sciatic nerve, so I could not walk properly. I could not bend, so to get dressed, I would drop my underwear on the floor, then put my feet through the holes, and then lift up the underwear with a bungee cord with a hook attached. I did the same with my pants. My doctor would not prescribe anything more than Tylenol 3, so I self-medicated with weed, which reduced the pain by about 50%. However, he did send me to a neurologist for X-Rays and MRI, and the neurologist suggested surgery. After enduring about 4 months of this, I was prepared to put kittens into a blender if that would stop the pain.

So I had the surgery, was walking 24 hours later and was out of the hospital on the third day. I was very happy. It was sore because of the surgery, but that pain was 4/10 compared to the previous pain of 11/10. It took about 3 weeks to fully recover, but I only missed about 1 week of my office job. That was over 10 years ago, and I have had no serious back pain since then.

All of my 40-year-old friends told me not to get surgery: it is dangerous, they only do it for the money blah blah blah. A bunch of know-nothings, really. They were not the ones with the pain.

I investigated surgery and back pain, and found out something interesting in an article in Scientific American. 20% of people with chronic back pain show no results in a scan, and 20% of people with visible back problems in a scan have no pain.

So if the pain is as bad as you say it is (8 to 10/10) and it has been chronic for months, then there is something wrong. Pain that is seriously interfering with your life is a big problem. I would see your neurologist again (not your GP), and explain that this cannot go on. Ask about surgery. There are no guarantees, but if it the pain is anywhere as bad as mine was, I would jump at the chance to get rid of it (if I could jump).

I hope it works out.
by: Derek B
on: 25th August 12

4 Responses to “It feels like someone forced a pair of plyers between the vertabre in my spine and is prying them apart?”

  • Don’t ask, TELL the doctor u want help! That sounds really bad, trust I know exactly how horrible back pain feels…

  • probsbaly cause you fell or put to much strenght while you were playing. you should go see a doctor i highly reccomend. feel better! answer mine:)

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  • You need to go to a chiropractor or another doctor who will get you the help you need. The ER cannot help you and neither can anyone on this board. Good luck.

  • I had that problem–degenerative disc, L4. In addition to my back it was grinding on my sciatic nerve, so I could not walk properly. I could not bend, so to get dressed, I would drop my underwear on the floor, then put my feet through the holes, and then lift up the underwear with a bungee cord with a hook attached. I did the same with my pants. My doctor would not prescribe anything more than Tylenol 3, so I self-medicated with weed, which reduced the pain by about 50%. However, he did send me to a neurologist for X-Rays and MRI, and the neurologist suggested surgery. After enduring about 4 months of this, I was prepared to put kittens into a blender if that would stop the pain.

    So I had the surgery, was walking 24 hours later and was out of the hospital on the third day. I was very happy. It was sore because of the surgery, but that pain was 4/10 compared to the previous pain of 11/10. It took about 3 weeks to fully recover, but I only missed about 1 week of my office job. That was over 10 years ago, and I have had no serious back pain since then.

    All of my 40-year-old friends told me not to get surgery: it is dangerous, they only do it for the money blah blah blah. A bunch of know-nothings, really. They were not the ones with the pain.

    I investigated surgery and back pain, and found out something interesting in an article in Scientific American. 20% of people with chronic back pain show no results in a scan, and 20% of people with visible back problems in a scan have no pain.

    So if the pain is as bad as you say it is (8 to 10/10) and it has been chronic for months, then there is something wrong. Pain that is seriously interfering with your life is a big problem. I would see your neurologist again (not your GP), and explain that this cannot go on. Ask about surgery. There are no guarantees, but if it the pain is anywhere as bad as mine was, I would jump at the chance to get rid of it (if I could jump).

    I hope it works out.