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Old 04-05-2010, 08:43 PM   #1
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Unhappy Tired of the pain

I have spondaolythesis at L5 with disk hurniation and profound nerve inpingment. When ever I attept to do anything my pain gets out of control. I was told recently that I needed back surgery but my health isn't the greatest and I'm not sure I could recover.

 
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[QUOTE=Juls45;4219737]I have spondaolythesis at L5 with disk hurniation and profound nerve inpingment. When ever I attept to do anything my pain gets out of control. I was told recently that I needed back surgery but my health isn't the greatest and I'm not sure I could recover.[/QUOTE]


Make an appointment with a surgeon and schedule the surgery you need unless and until you're told otherwise by a licensed professional. These kinds of back problems almost never get better by themselves and usually get worse. If you think your health is an issue then you would discuss that with the surgeon.

 
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Old 04-06-2010, 02:29 PM   #3
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Re: Tired of the pain

I Have more or less the same injury as you but with a fracture at L5 as well.Although I'm hoping for a solution when I see the doc on the 12th. I find I have to rest to let the pain subside if I'm doing anything remotely physical at the moment.I set out on a 3mile walk the other day and stopped in my tracks after a hundred meters.If the doc recommends physio I'll swim until I drop.I'm just itching to be active again.

 
Old 04-06-2010, 02:42 PM   #4
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Re: Tired of the pain

Have you tried other methods first? injections? physical therapy?
I know the pain can make you so sick and tired of it, but sometimes surgery can correct pain.

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Old 04-06-2010, 10:53 PM   #5
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[QUOTE=Tatler;4220295]I Have more or less the same injury as you but with a fracture at L5 as well.Although I'm hoping for a solution when I see the doc on the 12th. I find I have to rest to let the pain subside if I'm doing anything remotely physical at the moment.I set out on a 3mile walk the other day and stopped in my tracks after a hundred meters.If the doc recommends physio I'll swim until I drop.I'm just itching to be active again.[/QUOTE]

 
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Swimming is the only thing I can do. It takes the pressure of my back and left leg unless im in alot of pain then the pressure of the water kills me. I used to walk every where and now I'm lucky to take 10 steps. I have to take a nap in the middle of the day just to get relief from the pain for a while. The only way I am comfortable is laying down on my right side. Some days are better then others.

 
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I have tried everything from shots to pt. The last time I talked to the doc he said there is nothing more they can do. I have seen a Chinese medician doc and accupucture didn't even work. My weight is up there because I can't exercise so now I'm working on getting my weight down and when it warms up and the pool opens at my complex I will be going swimming. I'm almost homebound because it is so hard to get around on my own. I now have to use a walker and cane. Sometimes my left leg isn't there when I walk. I miss being active.

 
Old 04-07-2010, 04:29 AM   #8
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The displacement in your vertebrae may be more pronounced than mine, a decade ago( the last time I had an x-ray) the two vertebrae above L5 were pushed forward about 5mm.I managed to walk around IKEA , (which is a very large store near us) with only minimum discomfort yesterday, but when I got home I put up a small metal rail in the kitchen for the wife and just screwing it into the kitchen cupboards caused a fair amount of discomfort in my lower back.

Has your doctor ruled out surgery for you?

 
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[COLOR="Navy"]Juls, Your surgeon wouldn't recommend surgery if he felt that you wouldn't recover from it. They are very careful about that. They don't want lawsuit hanging over their heads...and they don't want surgical failures. If there is any doubt in your surgeons mind, he won't preform the surgery. IF you don't trust your surgeon, get another surgeon or another opinion.

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Old 04-07-2010, 10:19 PM   #10
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[QUOTE=Juls45;4220579]I have tried everything from shots to pt. The last time I talked to the doc he said there is nothing more they can do. I have seen a Chinese medician doc and accupucture didn't even work. My weight is up there because I can't exercise so now I'm working on getting my weight down and when it warms up and the pool opens at my complex I will be going swimming. I'm almost homebound because it is so hard to get around on my own. I now have to use a walker and cane. Sometimes my left leg isn't there when I walk. I miss being active.[/QUOTE]


It seems to me that you have very severe back problems and it's unlikely that anything but surgery is going to have any significant and lasting effect at this point. I can understand that you are concerned about your overall health going into surgery but that's something that you can improve in the meantime. I don't think that your life would be very much threatened by the surgery in any case, but it's never a bad idea to improve your health going into surgery, especially if you're worried. Your ability to exercise is limited but your ability to diet should not be. Stay away as much as you can from the high sodium, sugars and saturated fats and you will thank yourself.

 
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[QUOTE=tcathletics;4221387]It seems to me that you have very severe back problems and it's unlikely that anything but surgery is going to have any significant and lasting effect at this point. I can understand that you are concerned about your overall health going into surgery but that's something that you can improve in the meantime. I don't think that your life would be very much threatened by the surgery in any case, but it's never a bad idea to improve your health going into surgery, especially if you're worried. Your ability to exercise is limited but your ability to diet should not be. Stay away as much as you can from the high sodium, sugars and saturated fats and you will thank yourself.[/QUOTE]

 
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thank you all for your advice. I am really scared to have surgery. I want to much to have my life back. I know that I back and legs with never be the same and I knew that as I got older I would have alot of pain but I never imagined it could be this bad. I'm on Tramadol and Ketaprofen and that helps. My doctor watches what I'm on because I'm a recovering alcoholic over 5 years clean. I don't want to mess that up. I'm afraid that they will put me on stronger pain meds and I will never get off of them. It was such a long road to get where I am. My lungs are damaged from smoking and I get sick really easy and it takes me forever to get well. I'm just sooo tired. I'm glad that I have family around me and I have my 2 cats that keep me company. I work on arts and crafts that I can do laying down and take breaks when it gets to be too much for me to stand. I'm glad I joined this group, its hard for me to people that are so emotionally involved. My sister really has a hard time with this, she has already been through this once with her boy who had the same surgery when he was 5 and he is 10 now and he still has alot of problems.

 
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[QUOTE=Juls45;4220579]I have tried everything from shots to pt. The last time I talked to the doc he said there is nothing more they can do. I have seen a Chinese medician doc and accupucture didn't even work. My weight is up there because I can't exercise so now I'm working on getting my weight down and when it warms up and the pool opens at my complex I will be going swimming. I'm almost homebound because it is so hard to get around on my own. I now have to use a walker and cane. Sometimes my left leg isn't there when I walk. I miss being active.[/QUOTE]

Juls,

Sometimes its matter of having the right PT, the right injections, the right chiropractic, but most importantly [B][I]the right diagnosis[/I][/B].

I had been misdiagnosed and received the wrong PT and according to the doctors who correctly diagnosed my condition of Myofascial Pain Syndrome, the wrong physical therapy "set back my recovery by years possibly".

I can empathize with your mental exhaustion... and yet I recognize that it is symptomatic of depression that could benefit from some counseling. I had chronic depression for 22 years being at age 13. It stemmed from emotional abuse but it could have been treated and managed much earlier had I and in part my parents had been willing to recognize it and get the proper treatment for it.

Even after my first nervous breakdown in 1991, my father refused to recognize my Chronic Depression as an illness and refused to support my medical costs incurred with getting my therapy.

Sadly it took me moving to a true Metropolitian city to get access to public Mental Health care. Many states still don't have any infrastructure for providing Mental Health care for those that can't afford to pay for it on their own and most insurance plans limit the number of visits per year to any psychologists or psychiatrists and won't pay more than half for any mood altering medications, even generics.

The fallout from all this is if a person doesn't have access to public mental health care, then they spread out their appointments to balance with what their insurance allows. So this can mean they only see their mental health professional monthly or ever 2 months. Which is pretty much like trying to bail out a sinking boat with a paper cup. Too little treatment to keep the boat from sinking. Or they burn through their appointments getting treated on a weekly basis which is consistent and beneficial... but after 3 months they lack the means and resources to continue so then they fore go treatment for 9 months. One step forward, three steps back.

I see all these stories about cyber-bullying, the girl who committed suicide in Massachusetts, the Columbine shootings... And yet when it comes to universal health care people start spouting off things like Socialism, Communism, un-American and Liberal lunacy...

Everyone wants a fix but no one wants to pay the costs.

So try and get some counseling... for your best interests.

~Myo

 
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