Back Pain....

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by rrsbaby, Sep 11, 2005.

  1. rrsbaby

    rrsbaby New Member

    Hi to everyone... Had an MRI and saw my ortho. dr. on Thurs. last week. The disc that he did my surgery on three years ago is totally "worn out" would have to have a spacer put in.

    Has anyone had this surgery?

    And the real bad news is that I now have osteo from my neck to the very tip of my spine... several bone spurs, which "hit" the nerves is various places....

    The dr. referred my to pain management and theropy...

    Guess I will try this rather than surgery for now. Just had two surgeries in the last six months....

    rrsbaby
  2. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Hi! I haven't had the surgery you are talking about, but I am no stranger to back pain!!

    I have a ton of back problems(Cervical Spine: degenerative disks, buldging disks, thecal sac effacement, bone spurs, paramedian disk herniation, moderate spinal canal stenosis, compression of exiting nerve root, severe cervical spondylosis, and facet arthropathy; Thoracic Spine: bone spurs, arthritis; Lumbar Spine: pinched nerve between L4-L5 & S1, degenerative disk disease, spinal canal stenosis, impingement in anterior subarachnoid space, and severe degenerative osteoarthritis of facet joints).

    Currently, I am being treated for the pinched nerve between L4-L5 and S1. The pain is horrific, and surgery will not help. I just finished a Medrol dose pak (prednisone) trying to reduce the inflammation--but it didn't help, because I still have the same pain. I am also going to a chiropractor 3 times a week. I have been going for 3 weeks now, and start my fourth week tomorrow, and it hasn't helped either.

    I have already been through physical therapy to "strengthen" my back muscles so everything won't hurt so much. That really didn't help either!

    I've been to a pain management doctor, too. He gave me various pain meds, which do not help. Now, I have Lortab to take if "I need them." Big joke!!! YES I NEED THEM!!! BUT THEY DON'T RELIEVE THE PAIN!!!!! That's the problem! LOL

    I am also taking Neurotin for nerve pain. I'm thinking about asking to increase the dosage of it to see if it will help.

    Have your two surgeries in the last six months both been on your back?

    Surgery is no fun, so I hope you find something that will help you!! Good luck.

    Hugs,
    Janet
  3. Francey54

    Francey54 New Member

    Hi rrsbaby:

    I have not had back surgery but I do suffer tremendous back pain from my neck to the end of my spine. Have osteo, degenerative vertebrea and disc disease and spurs.

    I all to well know what pain you must be in. I get it so bad at times that I can't walk, sit or lay down. Anyway that I am it hurts like the dickens.

    I feel for you hon and will pray that you won't need additional surgery.

    Keep me posted on your progress.

    Tender hugs,
    Francey
  4. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    I am so sorry for everyone here suffering from back pain. I have witnessed my mother (age 89) suffer for the last 40 years. It has been heartwrenching.

    At this time she is living in an "assisted living" home and the pain continues.

    Fortunately we have a excellent pain specialist who is very compassionate.

    I am going to say something to you all that may sound very strange... in my mom's case because of her pain issues, in addition to the price for the assisted living home, I must hire additional caregivers to help her.

    She cannot do without them. If she would have purchased "long term care" insurance when she was younger it would have helped tremendously at this time.

    When you are younger this coverage is very affordable. If you wait until you are older and are close to needing it - it is too expensive.

    Just a thought for anyone interested to look into that coverage while you are younger to plan for the future. There may come a day, like with my mother you will be so glad you have it.

    Please don't think I sell this insurance, I don't.. I just wish my mom would have planned ahead. You cannot imagine the expense.

    I am very reluctant to post this, but if it applies to anyone, it is worth it. I know it is depressing to think about.



  5. Fudge43

    Fudge43 New Member

    Hi rrsbaby
    I have had surgery, but not exactly that type .. I lived with a herniated lower disc in my back for almost a year ( 10 years ago .. young and stupid and stubborn .. FEARED surgery !) .. then it threatened the sciatic nerve so much they told me I might lose the use of my leg .. left one .. so .. I had most of that disc out ( between L4 and L5 ) and a bone graft from my right hip .. now that hurt almost as bad .. I'm being honest here .. and 4 large screws to hold me together ? haha ... it still bothers me but I feel more stable in that area .. the worst thing that happened .. was the surgeon ( one was an orthopedic and the other was a nuerosurgeon .. because the nerve was a problem ) anyways .. the neuro surgeon said most likely I would blow another disc in about 10 years .. so I'm in the 10 year spot .. and nothing yet ... and ... I do try to be careful with that hanging over my head .. my husband has a bad back too .. what a pair we make ! haha
    Good luck and try not to worry so much .. that is hard on you too !
  6. JLH

    JLH New Member

    I don't know why you were very reluctant to post the idea of buying long-term health insurance!

    It is definitely a good idea for many to consider! Especially if you know that you do not have anyone to take care of you.

    That's what this board is all about -- providing help via new ideas to think about!!

    Thanks for the info!

    Hugs,
    Janet