Re: New to the site
Nina, welcome to the site...I'm pretty new here myself and have found that there is a lot of support, sympathy, and information from the members on here. You are certainly not alone with chronic pain. I'm sorry to hear that you are hurting so bad. I had an anterior/posterior fusion of L5/S1 with a laminectomy and discectomy (it was a revision from a previous fusion the year before...or I should say, from a previous lack of a fusion the yr before) . There seem to be a number of us on here that have had fusions done and continue to suffer, sometimes worse after. I found out I am by far not the only one that has tremendous hip pain, something that wasn't a factor at all prior to surgery. Is all the pain you are feeling now new? Or is the back pain the same but there are added symptoms? I have added symptoms myself. My hips and legs were new an issue and now they are a major one. My dr has explained that they levels above and below a fusion end up taking on more work than they were ever intended, and more pressure. So due to that happening, I have developed a disk bulge at L4 ..this in turn causes some of my leg pain. I also sympathies with you about waking up in tears and having days when you want to stay in bed and cry. With chronic pain there is usually some form of depression that follows. I will sometimes have horrible dreams about being in pain only to wake up to find out I'm clutching my hip and furrowing my forehead with tears dripping out the sides of my eyes...definitely not a dream. There I times I want to stay in bed but there are also times I have to stay in bed. I am on Zoloft for the depression that has come hand in hand with chronic pain. What does your dr say about what's going on with your pain? Any new tests he'll do? Do you take any medication and are you getting any relief from it? The lack of sleep, good sleep is also very taxing on your body. Hope you find some relief through your dr and maybe some comfort from this site knowing your not alone . Best of luck to you....and yes , a good attitude is better than any medicine .