I wake up every morning with strong pain in my back when I take a deep breath. I'm 42 years old and have been living with pain in my lower back for more than two years. My doctor said I have osteoarthritis. There's no medications that helps me feel better. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Hi there mirthes,
A doctor is really the only person who can diagnosis the issue you're having, and it sounds like you might need to seek a second opinion at this point or be referred to a a pain specialist who can help you manage the discomfort you're in. Pain specialists can be very valuable in helping people find the right combination of medications and other therapies to help them better manage their pain. If you're not satisfied with the diagnosis of osteoarthritis, you should see if another doctor - perhaps a neurologist who specializes in the spine - can give you an answer that you feel more comfortable with living with.
I hope you've gotten this under control by now! Here are some links that might be helpful for you, as well. Good luck!
Cooking to Control Chronic Pain
10 Ways to Prevent Low Back Pain
Get Relief from Tylenol Responsibly
It sounds to me like you need to go see a pain management Doctor and a Doctor that specializes in the spine, it could be a Neurosurgeon or an Orthopedic Doctor that specializes in spines only. Did you have an MRI or a CT Scan to diagnose your OA? If not, this will be a good idea. There is only so much that a General Practitioner can do for you, going to Doctor's that specialize in pain management and spine issues would be the best bet for you. Take care and good luck!