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Started by txbearsfan81 on 03/05/2011 7:38pm

Hello all,
My name is Chris and I deal with daily chronic pain. (That sounds like I am in AA or something ) I am 29 years old and was medically retired from Active Duty in the Air Force as a Staff Sergeant on 28 Aug 2009 after 8 years of service. I injured my back while deployed in 2003 in the dessert while lifting and shifting heavy equipment. Some days I could not get out of my chair at work and had to have fellow troops carry me to the clinic. My pain wasn’t chronic until June of 2005 when we were lifting picnic tables out of the back of a government vehicle. I am tall so I have to bend over to pick things up. I bent over to pick up the tables and when I stood upright I felt a pop. It wasn’t immediate pain but it was an unusual sensation. It wasn’t until two days after while I was home on leave to Illinois to visit family that it hit. I was lying in bed and I tried to get up in the morning but I couldn’t. I had my son get me the phone to call my mother. I told her I couldn’t move. She called my grandma and she came over and stayed with me for a while. After a while I had to go to the bathroom but I couldn’t get up. She tried helping me up a couple of different ways but to no avail. Then she swung my legs to my right side over the bed and this time I felt another pop. This one was followed immediately by the most excruciating pain I have ever felt in my life. I have been burned before, cut, scrapped, smashed… I can tell you no pain amount to that pain I felt that day. I started screaming and cussing. Yelling for and at my grandma to call and ambulance. I know a grown man screaming and yelling at his grandma. I feel bad about that and later apologized to her. The pain persisted and I persisted telling her to call an ambulance. The ambulance got there and so did my mother who was at work. They came down to where I was in the basement and they started checking my vitals after my mother told them I was active duty. They asked if I had been exposed to any neuro agents or any unknown substances. I don’t really remember that much but I was told this. The ambulance workers later said that I was going into shock. They brought me on the hospital and I spent my whole week of leave there. Great huh? =) The did MRI’s and found out that L5-S1 is herniated to the right and L4-L5 is showing degeneration and is herniated as well. L3-L4 shows degeneration. Later in my career, (about 2 years later) I had been having upper back pain. I persisted in requesting an MRI of my thoracic spine as I was having daily chronic upper back pain and ache as well with stomach and chest issues. The MRI showed herniated discs at T4-T5, T6-T7, T8-T9. Whenever doctors look at these finding they are shocked. One because they tell me that Thoracic herniations are uncommon and two they look at me and my age and the damage that’s done and they are surprised.
Since I have been injured and have been dealing with chronic pain I have been scouring the internet for hopes of a cure. I have been on this website before posting (under a different screen name) when my world was darkest. Unfortunately I do not remember my username or password since it has been many months since I have logged in. With this deliberate scouring of the internet I hope to find some items of hope for myself and for everyone on this site. I am not in your situation with your life challenges but I can relate with my chronic pain and my life challenges. I hope that by posting positive things I can be light of hope for people and hopefully meet some good people in the process

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Hello Chris,
Welcome to spine universe,know this ,we are all in this together and are all friends here and care for you.First of all i want to thank you for actively serving our country,i am sorry you are paying for it at such a young age.I too am a chronic pain sufferer,injured on my job as a nurse.I will be going for an L5-S1 fusion on March 25th,followed by neck surgery.I will be lifting you up in prayer,God is for you my friend so hang in there.I will let you know how my surgery goes.
Blessings,
Nurse Nancy in pain

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Hello,
I read your story and relate to the being young part because when I was in high school I has my 1st back surjery and was in a cast for 6 months and have had chronic pain since but this last year takes the cake. I do not have your upper herniations but have DDD and herniations in the same areas lumbar as you and I know how much it hhhhhuuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrtttttttttttttttttts daily. I to am seeking support and connection and solutions. I am thinking about the xlif sugery.
Welcome and good luck in finding your solution! Let us know as I will also!

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Hi everyone my name is Hope andim 32 yrs old and I am recently new to this sight as I was on here looking for any advice about how to minimize my pain unfortunatly I didnt find anything yet but am glad I came across the sight. I never really knew how many people there were going through the same thing I was, I only know of one person here by me which is one of my family members and goin through this has brought us closer together. I recently had a double spinal fusion on feb 24th and I just keep having these thoughts that I may have made a real bad decision because I just dont feel any different and in some ways am having more pain. The doc told me it could be as long as 9 months before I see any change at all if there will even be a change, and he says 9months because that is about how long it will take the fusion to heal. One of my biggest problems is the nerve damamge that I have and it just seems like its worse in my feet. I was looking for a way to help it but everything I read and the symptoms to it just revealed to me that the type of pain I am having is a result of permanent nerve damage.. soo im thinking that is just fricken great because I had the surgery to try to rid of the pain from the nerves. ok so now what do I do. I guess ill be on pain meds for the rest of my life because I ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT function without them. on top of the pain meds I take 8 other scripts and total about 25-30 pills a day. Im sooo tired of taking medications. :( I found a sight that teaches you how to do certain excersices to relieve the pain but seriously they have to be kidding I can hardly walk let alone get into those positions, my nerve damage is so bad that my legs and feet are completely numb on the outside but full of pain on the inside and my feet are hyper sensative to touch and it hurts soo bad to even walk on them, I know what I just said dont make sense really but sometimes I cant even make sense of the numb part and then hyper sensativity, but im sure there are people who are having the same symptoms and thinking the same thing I am. I do have a story behind all this pain and how I got into this position but will wait till another time. I guess I just needed to vent a little. Thanks to all who are taking the time to read this. And thank you chris for all that you have done for our country its sad though that despite the good deed You are suffering.

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Hi chris and everyone.
I am new to this websit as well. I have an adopted child serving in the Army. He is going to be deployed for his second round to AF. sometime in october. With that known I would like to thank you for your service to protect our rights and country. I am sympathic for what your going through. I am 37 years old and feel I am way to young for chronic pain. I have two young children to boot. I have three bulding disc with tears. My root canal in S-5 L1 is filled with fluid, amoung other things. My nurologist wants to send me on however my car insurance has stopped paying on the bills because of an IME told them that I would heel by myself over time. Really.....It has been two years since the car accedent, if I was going to heel I would have right. My nurologist said they may want to cut away a little of the joints in my vertabre or do a rhizotomy/Cauterization and or both. Mean while I have to funtion to take care of my two children. I can barely get out of a chair or bed. It hurts to walk, I have permanant shin splints, knee pain and pain in my hips/ groin when I walk. My knee buckles on me when ever. Luckily I have my children who keep me going every day. But at the same point it depresses me because it takes so much out of me to keep going. I hate that my crhonic pain has caused them to miss out on fun stuff. I know many out there are worse but it hurts non the less. All because some guy pulled out form a gas station into my lane of traffic. I try to look at the positive , I have a loving husband and two healthy beuitful children but it does get hard when I am stalled from futher treatment. I am sorry to ramble on the way I have but I do hope you find something to help you and the friends your looking for.. Sorry to unload on you but today was just a really rough day......

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Hi Bridgett,
Welcome to spine universe,you will find a lot of neat people on this site who really care about what you are going through.I finally just got surgery on my L5-S1 disk,after a long battle with work comp,insurance company did not want to take care of me.You can not give up,and you are right that it has already been two years,it is not going to heal on it's own.For me almost 2 years since my accident,bad pain in my back,progressed to horrible leg pain and urinary problems over time.I was an active person,and i took a big part in trying to do EVERYTHING so i could avoid surgery.I believe my career as a nurse of 29 years is done and over,as i probably will need surgery on my cervical spine too.Please do not give up,that is what the insurance company wants,you have to fight for your care.
I will lift you up in prayer as i do all my spine universe friends......KEEP THE FAITH!
Blessings,
Nurse Nancy

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Hi everyone,
By the way,i had my fusion 2 weeks ago,i feel my body slowly getting better,my right leg pain is almost all gone,just some surgical pain and pain in my left hip and outer thigh where they did my hip graft for surgery.But ,hey,it has only been two weeks,took a walk outside today and did well .
Blessings on you all,
Nurse Nancy

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Nancy,

Im so glad that the surgery has done well for u and hope that u make progress more and more everyday and eventually be a succes story, I had surgery 10 weeks ago on my back they fused my L4 to my L5 and L5 to my S1. The surgery was only suppose to take 2hrs but ended up being 4 hrs , I guess when they got in there my discs were calsified and they had to drill them out including most of my own bone that was between the L4-L5 and they attatched a crossbar to help support my vertibrae they also put in 4 rods and 6 screws, I however am not as lucky as u, somedays I feel worse then I did before the surgery and am having all types of new pain. I am trying to be optamistic about the surgery but because nothing has changed other than the new pains I just kinda feel like giving up sometimes. I have kids and they do keep me goin and am so glad I have them. again I am very happy for you and the benifit you have gotten from your surgery , Take care...

Hope

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Hi Hope,
Please do not give up,it has only been 10 weeks,your surgery was much more extensive than mine.I had and still have many bad days that are worse than before my surgery.You have to give your self time and try not to over do yourself and ask for help when you can ,it takes time.
Take Care,
Nurse Nancy

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