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Chronic lower back pain and chronic knee pain insight

Hello I am new here, I posted in the new member section the other day and just got back here to post again.

I am soon to be 36 and have been dealing with chronic knee pain for probably close to 10 years due to loss of cartalidge in both knees, which is very painful. I have also been dealing with chronic lower back pain (mostly) for about 5/6 years. Two years ago I found out I had Scoliosis starting in my mid spine and getting worse as it went down so I generally have lots of pain in my lower back. I did the whole chiropractor thing almost a year, he helped me out quite a bit but it wasn't a complete cure-all. So I have been in Pain Management for a year now, they have me on two Tylenol 3/day and my PCP, has had me on 800 my Ibuprofen for about 2 years now. Almost each day I take two Tylenol 3 and a ibuprofen together and it's usually hit or miss if it helps. Sometimes I get some relief for my back and other days, nothing. Even that combination usually won't even touch my knee pain if they are bad. I just had Trigger point injections in my lower back which is only helping a little. I can feel the pain slowly creeping up again. Also about once a month twords the end of the month my back will get about 10x worse and I can't do anything without it being extremely painful and no meds will touch it at that point. I've tried to explain to the clinic and my providers at pain management but they never want to talk about medication changes because they seem to think my scoliosis and knees aren't bad enough. So I'm hoping to get some good insight on either something to help me when my medication doesn't work or maybe a suggestion for some other type of medication I can maybe suggest that isn't an Opioid that they may go for. Oh and I live in Ohio, which is the worst state for pain medication. Thanks.



  • Hi again

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