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Old 04-18-2005, 08:19 AM   #1
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Red face ongoing pain

help anyone.
im 46 starting to feel 56. iv had 4 operations on my back, in the L1-L5 area. now iv spinal stanosis, and every days a new adventure in trying to operate in pain. iv pain medicine which can work but it makes my more tired, and i move around less. iv lost interest in sex, and am angry that my body feels like its breaking down on me. what do you folks do to feel normal???
any help or advice is most wellcome.
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Old 04-18-2005, 09:50 AM   #2
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Re: ongoing pain

I'm not even 30 years old and have had 6 surgeries in my life. I kinda know how you feel. It even takes a toll on your family (Wife, kids). I just take each day as a new day. I know that I will never be the same as before and I accept that. I try to make real expectations. I take my wife with me to the Dr so she feels like she is a part and undertands what I go through. I just try to understand and do something for myself every once in a while. I went to get a massage the other day for myself for example. Hope everything goes well for you and just take each day at a time.

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Old 04-18-2005, 12:29 PM   #3
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Re: ongoing pain

I'm older than you but when I was your age I had had 3 surgeries at the L5-S1. In '97, I had another fusion there, so we have something in common. What an awful thing to share, huh?
I also have spinal stenosis, bone spurs, bulging thoracic disc, bursitis, along with other stuff.
I have no special tricks for getting through it. I just take each day as it comes and go with the flow. Luckily, I have a great husband who is understanding and cares more about me than whether the house is in tip top shape. I do what I can on good days and on bad days, I just try to get by. I have the morphine pump; without it the pain is so severe that it is unbearable.

I'm glad you found the board and hope you will feel welcome here.

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