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Back Surgery

Started by vanns4 on 01/28/2010 6:18am

I HAD SURGERY ON L-4-5 IN 2003 FOR RUPTURE DISC SURGERY WENT WELL BUT STILL HAD SOME LEG PAIN A LITTLE BACK PAIN SO DR TOLD ME HE DONE ALL HE CAN SO I BATTLED THIS FOR 6 YEARS IT GOT REALLY BAD IN JUNE OF 09 SO WENT BACK TO DR AND HE SAID I NEEDED A DECOMPRESSION AT THESE LEVELS TO OPEN IT UP SO THE NERVES WOULD HAVE PLENTY OF ROOM HAD SPINAL STENOISS ALSO SO MRI CONFIRM EVERYTHING THE DR SAID SO ON AUG 26 09 I HAD THE SURGERY STAYED IN HOSPITAL 2 DAYS BUT WHILE HE WAS IN THERE HE FOUND BONE SPURS AND CALICUM DEPOSIT AT L2-3 SO HE FIXED THAT THAT DIDNT SHOW UP ON MRI SO I GO HOME ON THE 28 IT WAS TOUGH BUT I PUSHED MYSELF TO TRY AND STAY OUT OF THE BED SO I STARTED WALKING I WAS WALKING UP TO A MILE A DAY AND ON SEPT 11 -09 SOMETHING HAPPENED MY LEG PAIN IS GONE BUT MY BACK PAIN IS KICKING MY BUTT SO I GO AND HAVE MORE TEST MRI CT SCAN MILAGRAM WITH CT ETC MY DR IS AT WITS ENDS ON WHATS GOING ON HE KNOWS THAT I HAVE A PROBLEM BUT HE CANT PIN POINT THE PROBLEM SO HE IS TALKING WITH HIS PARTNER TO SEE WHAT KIND OF PLAN THEY CAN COME UP WITH TO GET ME BACK TO WHERE I CAN ENJOY LIFE HAS ANYONE ELSE HAD THESE PROBLEMS THANKS MIKE

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Mike,
I understand your frustration. I have had 6 lumbar surgeries in the past 5 years. Test upon tests. Lots of PT and Pool therapy. I have Denerative Disc Disease and it has been a tough road. I read your story and wondered if you have gone for a second opinion or gone to a pain clinic? cj

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My Dr is suppose to be checking with another Dr to try and put a plan in place I was suppose to have surgery yesterday but he cant get up the Dr I think I have the best Dr for backs he is suppose to be the best in our area which is Florence,SC I have been through pt but couldnt do the exercises but the electric stimulation and heat therpy was great yes I have been dealing with this since 03 I spent 4 months in a pain clinic trying alot of stuff spinal cord stimulator pain pump and list goes on with no luck if my Dr cant tell me something soon I am going to ask my family Dr to sent me to the Southeastern Spine Center in Charleston,SC they are suppose to be the best on the east coast but its just so far I went there before and he told me that they could give me same service in Florence so thats what I did but I am fet up with not knowing whats going went Tues to be cleared for surgery on Wed and talk to Dr nurse on late Tues to tell me he has not been able to get up with other Dr if I have not heard something by tomorrow I am going to show my but you might have to come and get me out of jail because he owes me a answer I hope it does not come to this but he not the one in pain this pain will drive you crazy but if itrs gets to bad i will go back to er hope you feel better we got to trust our Savior Jesus Christ

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I can understand your frustration with the doctors & system. I am concerned that you were scheduled & cleared for surgery this week, yet your doctor wasn't able to consult with another doctor. This worries me. You are not even sure what he is going to do??? Pain clinics are like a bandaid. I wonder if consulting with someone else might be the answer for you? Are you seeing Ortho Spine or Neurosurgeon? Have you heard about the Laser Spine Institue? they advertise on this webpage. Not sure if that is an option for you. Have you considered Duke University in NC or Cleveland Clinic. Not sure if your doc is a doctor who does research/teaching?
But I am concerned about your anger right now. This is not helping your pain. You need to try to do some relaxation exercise. I know that may sound crazy at this point. But you need to trust me. We need to get your mind refocused. Even if it is for a minute. That minute, will be one minute with a happy-relaxed thought. With all the neck & back surgeries that I have had. I have had to really learn how to relax. Which is tough at times when you want to scream!!! But try it. I hope your doctor's nurse can give you some answers tomorrow. Just trying to give you ideas, hope this helps.

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My Dr is a Ortho Spine Dr he was suppose to talk to a Neuro Surgeon to put a plan together he knows whats he wants to do but he wanted a new set of eyes to look at my scans to make sure its the right thing to do Yes pain clinic are a joke I done everything they wanted to do I gain so much weight from all the steroids they injected in me I am 6ft 7inchs tall and now weight is back to normal which is about 245lbs but I got up to350lbs I didnt know better i was doing what the Dr said but I learn my lesson about Dr the will run you through the ringer wanting to try this and that no more of that on me I have had enough of radioactive die run through me with all the MRI CT MILGRAM its scarey but I am cool I just had to sound off my anger is under control I know I have been seeing a psycologist weekly for pain mangement I have been going to group therpy its where other people are having the same problem as you chronic pain I been dealing with chronic pain since 1999 I got a bad lung infection in my left lung and they had to go in and take my lung out and scrape all the infection off of lung the cut was suppose to be 3 to 4 inchs but Dr ended up cutting me from my breast bone to the middle of my back during the cut he damaged13 nerves but he had to do this to save my life during the surgery I died for 6 seconds my heart quit by they brought me back to live but you know what you look around there is someone worst off than you I can still get up and walk right now and take care of my self but you know at times it gets really hard you just get tired and wore out dealing with pain not being able to do the things you use to do I love riding my motorcycle I put only 700 miles on it last year I use to ride everyday I would put about 3500 miles a year but not last year my wife put most of those miles on it well I thank you for your time and your thoughts and concerns I got it under control will deal with what every life throws at me because my best friend who I know will never leave me or forsake me and the Jesus the battle is already won have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!Mike

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With my 8 back surgeries I totally understand about pain. And trying to deal with it. It totally sucks. It has been completely debilitating for me the past 5 years. But you have to have faith and have trust that the situation will get better. I know after having 6 surgeries in the past 5 years on my back, has given me more life challenges than I ever would of dreamed of. I have also had to give up some activities that I love. And as I sit here recovering from my 6 th surgery. I too wonder what I am going to be able to do. We both have to hang in there.

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Thanks for the encourging words and taking time to respond like you said we will have to take it day by day I still have not heard from my Dr I have called and they still saying the Dr that my Dr is trying to get to take a look at my scans is out of town I dont know if I have not heard something by Tues I am going to his office to find out whats whats he owes me that he has cut me two times in the last 6 years if he cant help me man up and tell me and send me where I can get some help We are suppose to wake up this morning covered in ice it hadnt started yet but we could get 2-3 inches of ice hope you have a great weekend again thank you for your time

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. I hope the 2 docs can talk & figure out a plan. If not, your doctor needs to refer you on. Try to do this one thing this weekend. "Gratitude" (It is the readiness & willingness to show appreciation for those things that bring pleasure into your life.) So find one or two things that you are thankful for. Appreciate them & love them. This will help you refocus for a bit on something positive in our crazy world of back problems.

Hang in there. Stay out of the snow. Keep me posted

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I appreciate your kind words and thoughts I will be in contact with my Dr one way or another he owes me a answer if you cant fix the problem then refer me to someone who can We didnt get snow we got about a inch of ice but we still have power its about 18 degrees as I write this again thank you and you have a great day Mike

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i know what u mean but only with me the doc will not do nothing for my pain i have to live with the pain. i have lived with it sice 2008 and becaues of it my hubby at the time left me just becaues i could not work so i know what you are going throw

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