Is it my arthritis or doctor insanity?
May 23, 2012 6:46 AM Subscribe
YANAD - On tonight's episode - Back Pain, specialist claims it's osteoarthritis, but I am 37 and have absolutely zero history in my family (even extended) is he wrong? What else could it be? Minor snowstorm inside.
posted by UMDirector to Health & Fitness (10 answers total)
I have had some back pain before, but it always seemed to go away in a couple days to a week. Naturally I assumed it was muscle pain. So maybe a few times a year it hurt, especially if I was hunched over the computer for a bit.
Then my wife got pregnant, and eventually started snoring to the point where I couldn't sleep. I slept on the couch two nights and then ended up sleeping on the in progress nursery floor. Exactly about that time my back really started hurting badly- even when not hunched over. Mostly on one side. I also have some pain in my leg around my calf.
Went to Doctor. They gave me some scrip aleve and told me to wait. Things did not get better so went to specialist. He took x-rays (which I didn't see) and told me I had osteo in my back. The thing is he seemed just a little, well I can't think of any word but off. Normally this wouldn't bother me but just seems weird the whole thing would go from zero to 60 with no history in the family.
The only thing that has helped me feel better is a massage. I felt great for an entire day after that - leads me to think it is muscle or nerve related. He does not agree. He is an orthopeadist.
Should I get another opinion? What else might it be? Any suggestions on how to hurt less?