Chronic back pain

Patient

Q: Hi...I am a 38 year old female. 5 years ago I suffered hip bursitis that lasted 10 months and when it finally subsided I noticed a lot of lower back pain in the lower right side. An x ray revealed L5 is a transitional vertebra with an expanded right transverse process partially fused to the sacrum with sclerosis around the pseudarthrosis. Since then I have had very bad flare ups of pain in the lower back, and I am now experiencing sciatica on the same side. I am young and my quality of life is greatly affected, I have high levels of pain every day and my walking is affected and my ability to perform my job, which is a lot of lifting heavy boxes and repetition. Massage therapy seems to help somewhat for temporary relief but I feel there should be something else that can be done. I have been on Naproxen for years and have tried many different pain meds to no avail. I have also had chiro, physio, you name it. What is your opinion? One doctor basically said "Suck it up Princess". This doesnt seem right to me!

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