S F writes:
About a month ago I developed sudden back pain. I do have a history of back pain, but this was sudden onset debilitating pain. My back pain actually predates any weight gain, gee, do you think there could be a correlation there?
Anyways, the pain was so bad that my husband took me to the ER, I could hardly move. I saw a lovely doctor who gave me some endone and told me to come back if it got worse. It got worse. I had to ring an ambulance the next day as I literally couldn’t move without screaming. I was panicking and hyperventilating and generally in a pretty seriously bad way. After the pain whistle they managed to get me to the ambulance and then to the ER. The wait was reeeeeeeely long. They gave me panadeine. Um, did I mention i’d had 2 endone 2 hours ago?? Anyways, I eventually saw another young skinny female doctor. During my wait I was incapable of moving without my husbands assistance, and he had to take me to the bathroom a number of times and well, go beyond the call of duty!
The doctor looked me over, asked a few questions, gave me an anti inflamatory and some tramidol and a valium and left me to lie down for 30mins. The pain eased a LITTLE, more so from the fact I was finally able to lie down I suspect. When she came back, she told me there was nothing more she could do for me, and the only thing that would help is to lose weight. Did I mention I COULDN’T MOVE??? Did I mention that 3 days ago I weighed exactly the same and was fine, actually, in the least pain i’d been in for 17years due to the help of my wonderful new GP. I also suffer from bi-polar disorder and have been on anti-psychotics and other meds for a number of years.
We were sent home. In the car my husband apologised for not sticking up for me, I had told him about this sort of prejudice before, and I had experienced it before, but that was the first time he was there and he was so shocked he didn’t know what to say.
Now, I understand there is a link (not necessarily causational) between back pain and weight. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t cause sudden onset excruciating pain though. If I had been a thin person in this situation I would imagine at LEAST an mri would have been done.
I managed, through incredible pain, to make it to my GP the next day. She was disgusted with the treatment I had received and immediately organised all the appropriate tests and gave me some morphine. She spent an hour with me and personally rang two specialists to ask them to squeeze me in. Luckily it has turned out to be nothing serious. But it took me a month before I could dress and toilet myself. I am now receiving appropriate care. Strangely, I am actually seeing a sports rehab specialist and a sports physiotherapist. I had numerous panic attacks leading up to both these first appointments. The word sport struck fear into my soul. I had all my body acceptance replies all worked out. Neither of them have mentioned a SINGLE word about my weight. They know that my problems are not caused by my weight. There are good people out there who don’t jump to conclusions, they just seem to be hard to find.
Thanks for reading.