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Been There Done That

Started by Down in the South on 01/29/2010 10:05pm

I hurt my back 4 years ago in the gym while working out, I reptured 6 disc...L1 through L6. Over the past 4 years I have had 4 operations. The first, disc cleanup L2 and L3 "the pain didnt stop! Then I had dics L3 and L 4 fused " still major pain , lower back and down right leg. I live in Northeast MS so I traveled to Menphis TN for another Dr., he told me that I couldnt be repaired.... too much damage and scar tissue damage. He told me that a spinacl cord stimulator would be the only thing that would give be back my life!!! So I had the trail ' third operation" done in July of 2009 ...At the time I saw a major improvement..... But I was still taking 4 lortabs a day and I had a 25 mg morphine patch on! SO I had the real one installed in November...... over the past few months I have been taken off of the morphine but still on the lortab......ALL the pain has returned to my lower back!!!!!! BUT the leg pain is gone!!!!!!! What do I do NOW,,I have had the SCS turned up 4 times since the operation but they cant seem to help me with the lower back pain...I DONT WANT TO EVER BE ON THE MORPHINE AGAIN!!!! The lortabs are killing my liver so what do I do? I still have three reptured dics I was told repairing them was useless? Befor this I was a health Nut in t he gym 6 days a week very active....Im a big guy 6'4 250 all muscle not fat now im at my end of my rope..the pain has been so bad over the past years....If it wasnt for my wife and kids i would have ended it.. Any help will be grateful!! By the way I still work in a tire factory kinda on light duty but not...Please help me get my life back....PS i do have my Faith that has helped toooo''' Thanks Mike Harkey
DOWN AND OUT IN THE SOUTH

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I have suffered from lower back pain now going on 10 years. Long story short, I had an intrathecal pump installed 1 year ago. Not only is my pain score down to 4 -6, I also have my brain back. A small electric pump is installed in the abdomen with a catheter running from the pump to the spine. Since the morphine is delivered right to the spine, much less is needed so the side-effects are almost zero. Talk this over with your pain management doc. It finally gave me relief that injections, procedures, pt, etc. could not. It has be refilled every few months, depending on how much is delivered. All you have to lose is your pain.

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The comment from Mathman about intrathecal pumps sound really good. Thank you. Has anyone else had one of these? Can you share your expereince too? Does it work? My heart goes out Down in the South - thanks for sharing. You're not alone. I'm on the site for because of back pain too, and can't find s solution.

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I have a friend that was going through the same problems that you are talking about. He made a appointment with the doctors at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN they told him one surgery at the start would have been good, and they did one surgery and he is back to new no pain no problems at all, his recover was one year and he is fine.

Good luck!

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Thanks for all the info. Everywhere i look the SCS are only good for leg pain! I have had mine adjusted 5/6 times since the implant. The more u turn it up to stop the lower back pain the more u cant walk. I was talking to my wife lastnight and told her, i can stop the lower back pain but i cant walk when i do. I guess if u have leg pain and not back pain they are worth the implant! I am glad i had it installed, it has helped some on lower back pain but it is not a fix!!!

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Hi there, Research artificial disc replacement.......if you go on you tube or metacafe, search artificial disc replacement.......They are light years behind in the USA for multi levels as I have advanced multipl disc degeneration. If you want to research more go to searching Stenum ADR or Wockhardt ADR on the two previously mentioned sites. There are many forums search artificial disc replacement forums on the web and you will find many discussion forums. I have been searching for solutions for a long time and as you know presription drugs or pain pumps may relieve some pain, however, they do not rebuild discs.

Best of luck my friend, I am on many message boards and research every day. The only thing preventing me from disc replacement is money as insurance has denied several times and most USA in surance will.

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Wow - I needed to see this post today to tell me there is hope. I've been told I'm non surgical candidate wherever I go because of the nature of the problems in cervical and lumbar spine and have been in severe pain for over 15 years. Pain medications, nerve blocks, chiro, alternative treatments, anything to get rid of it. I needed to hear that maybe I can come off the morphine, which I hate with a passion, and get this pain relieve as suggested. Perhaps if that part of my pain was helped (sciatic) then I would not mind the neck pain so much.
Thanks everyone - no one told me about these options.

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Just wanted to share with you all something I learned the other day. Capsicum Capsules Cayenne Extract can dramatically reduce choronic nerve pain. Its also used for rheumatism and arthritis. Hope this helps!! *hugs*

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Hi Mike, sounds terrible.
few questions... if you are still seeking some potential guidance -

What are you physically managing to do every day at the moment...
Are you doing any form of exercise a) specific for you back and b) for anything else.

This is not in under appreciation of your pain., but - just to pick up on the other side of your back presentation and its physical impact. Taken from whats written above, your body has potential to respond well to exercise. Not to fix the problem... but to give you some better quality and balance in your life. Increased strength and mobility can help you cope with the day and in time, may take some of the load of those structures giving you all of the pain - if done right. DMC

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Hi Mike, sorry about your pain. I was told by my neurosurgeon that I will ALWAYS have back pain. Two things. 1. Go back to PT. The stronger your abs, the less back pain. (So "THEY" say) Just had surgery last month and I'm listening and hoping "they" are correct. 2. Thanks to God for your wife and kids, but...it sounds like you're heading into depression. I know men in general think it's weakness to go and speak with a psychiatrist but it's just the opposite. It means you are strong and want to be around for your kids to grow up.They may prescribe an anti-depressant, why not give it a try? Can't hurt, and may help. It took many years for me to get "talk therapy" I thought I could handle anything. Know what? Seeking help makes you stronger. Nobody has to know and you get to blab to someone different about the pain. Good luck. Don't be DOWN AND OUT but UP and STRONG.

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Well I dont know where to start!..Dont have a SCS implanted. Mine got infected from day one (Nov.) It never healed, I've been on antibotics three or four times. Lastweek I became very sick felt like I had the flu by Wed., I was so sick I didnt even want to go see the doc,,,but my back was leaking brown,green and yellow fluid. So I went, when the Dr. raised my shirt He said it's gotta come out NOW. I was admitted to the hospital and I was operated on that evening. He told my wife if I hadnt come when I did i would have died! The infection was so bad my back looked like a football. The only good thing about all of this is the infection went to the device instead of the leads up my spin. If it had gone up my spin I would have died! Im still very sick, he said it would take a few days for me to get all the infection out of my body. There is a but..... the device did help my pain, so I dread the pain , Pray that it want come back..I will never have another one implanted, even though he said after 6 months I could... Oh yeah the SCS cost me(insurance) $74.000 all of that was thrown in the trach can! I'll write more later i've gotta get back in bed. Whoever reads this please think hard about having an SCS implanted!

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Hi It has been 8 week post sugery. I just now feel better! Im still weak and not my self but in some ways im better. The first 5 weeks of work were awful!!!! At some point i wanted to die. I was so weak I had trouble walking to my jeep and walking to the plant. This whole thing has been a nightmare. I do miss the SCS my leg pain has come back, but the Lycria has helped and the fentayl, 50 mg. The only bad thing about this, when i set down for a few mins I fall asleep. Oh well ....lol As for the SCS I would not do it again! Good luck to all....living with back/leg pain is awful my prayers are with everyone!
Up In The South

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