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dealing with chronic pain

From: 100000693689115... - on 02/11/2013 12:01pm

Hi im looking for others that deal with chronic pain. I have 6 levels of hern from l1to l6. I have spinal cord stim. It helps with meds but after dealin with it for over! 11 yrs itsndef a struggle. Im lookin for others to talk with to help one another on how to deal with it im on my last rope thank u steven

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on 02/11/2013 2:33pm

Still searching for help myself, but praying for you as well.

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on 02/11/2013 4:21pm

Steven,
I have been dealing with chronic pain for almost two years after lifting furniture during a move. I have had one MRI in October of 2011 that showed a disc herniation at L3-4 with left L3 nerve root compression. I am currently in the care of a chiropractor. He has helped a lot, but I am still in pain every day and have weakness in both legs, which is worse than the pain. I am terrified of surgery, which was mentioned by the sports medicine doctor that ordered the MRI. I am also trying to deal and would love to hear from someone that is going through the same thing. Thank you, Jan

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on 02/16/2013 3:37pm

Hi Steven,
I've been dealing with chronic pain since a gymnastic injury where I compound fractured 3 vertebrae and broke my tail bone when I was 15 years old..I'm 52 now. I was in manufacturing for almost 30 years where the repetitiveness of bending, heavy lifting, etc. caused further arthritic symptoms and pain. There are many websites you can join if you punch in chronic pain supports groups. I joined one years ago that I found through Yahoo. Good luck, God Bless!

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on 02/18/2013 1:18pm

hi steven I guess if you are concerned about surgery and Issues like that you may try some exercises. also there are stores that sell products that are a help for the back, like the hamick that you get on and turn upside down, what it does is it opens the cushions up so they get more blood in them. but when they are ruptured Im not sure if it would help, I do no it would help your spine feel betr. You mite get a brace and try wearing it. if you are lfting and working it will help you also find a whirlpool that has hot water it really helps my spine. I broke my back at the age of 19 and I had surgery 40years later I been there with the pain. I have steel rods and screws and my lumber is solid it doesnt move any more. I feel betr but now I have somthing pinching a nerve again bothering my legs so there ya go. lol anyway good luck just take lots of hot showers and hot baths and exercise if you can.

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on 02/22/2013 12:59am

hello steven I had spine fusion 5 years ago and still in bad pain I have been involved in clinical study that involves taking 30mg oxycotin and hydrocodine for break thur pain its taken my several years to get use to taking pain meds I guess I'am lucky and don't have bad side effects I only take the oxy every 18 to 24 hours a dose and use the hydrocodine in between for breakthur pain its still very important to get exrcise to help keep the pain level down I'am just talking about walking 30-40 minutes twice a day if possible.I have been out of work for 5 years on ss disabilty and have been offered a job I can't refuse so I'am taking a big leap of faith that I can pull it off. Hope this helps you with your pain problems .

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on 03/19/2013 12:01pm

Hi,I just joined this group and have some of the same issues as I have read here and am glad to have a place to be heard! I have been in pain for about 8-9 years now with spondylosis and degenerative disk disease.Neck C2 and other areas, in L4&5 ,thinning of the Dens, I get scared sometimes! I hurt all the time and others don't seem to understand or believe it is so bad! I have been having loss of my bladder and bowels at times and getting worse! Anyone who would like to talk to me would help! Thank you!

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on 03/19/2013 6:29pm

hello again steven when I was 19 I feel off a building second story landed in a setting position on cement. I broke my back and as time went on some of the jobs I have had over the years have helped finish off the rest of my spine. L1thru L4 is fused and above where my back was broke was fused. I had this done last year and Im 61 this may. 40 years of being in pain doesnt help your personality. or marriages. been doing great and this last winter have been hurting lower L5 and the S1 cushion are shot now. and they act like they dont want to repair them. I no im getting old. but this is crazy. why fix anything at all.

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on 04/03/2013 1:23pm

Well I have to say it I know what you mean, I struggle myself sometimes its so infuriating for me one minute I can be fine then have days of agony, or hours of pain and a few without. I am currently on Butrans 20mg and Paracetomal and Ibrofen and still am in agony. I sicken myself thinking when, how will I get sorted. I still work and currently am in Saudi, but each day is harder than the last and when people ask if your ok of course you lie. I multiple disc degeneration and they also informed me spinal stenosis and bulges I am really lucky to have good friends and a great wife who understands that I am in pain. I find it hard to keep smiling as I can't see an end to things I now have tingling and burning down my legs and numbness around the buttocks not to mention being stabbed in the back from the neck down with the pain radiating through my ribs. I can honestly say the best time is when my brain is busy as when I am going for dinner or chillin out theres nothing but pain,pain and a bit more for good luck. The best thing my friend is keeping your mind busy and a good curcle of support. I found you get no joy from the doctors just more medication and it so winds me up I'm 44 and was until 4 years ago very fit now Ilook like a frail old man. Keep your chin up Ste and just remember another day is a bonus.

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