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Re: Please read my story......

Re: Please read my story......

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Posted by Dani on October 26, 2000 at 14:23:56:

In Reply to: Please read my story...... posted by Chrissy on October 26, 2000 at 00:48:28:

Hi Chrissy-

I'm so sorry to hear about all that you have had to endure. I have some idea of what it's like to be young and to be in pain. I'm a 21 year old female..I had my first surgery in 7/98 and will be having another this december. I go to a pain mgmt center too..and I take sustained release morphine tabs, morphine sulfate for breakthrough pain, and anti-depressants.

Geez..I can't imagine what it must be like to be going through what you are while worrying about 5. Do you have anyone helping you out?

Yes, sometimes reproductive pain can mimick sciatica. It is good that your doctor is investigating this. So, the pain meds you're on right now aren't helping? What other forms of pain management are you doing? Have you thought about seeing a counselor? I do, and it helps.

What is the pain in your shoulders like? Shooting/stabbing..or more like an aching? Have you tried heat/massage for your shoulders? It could be tension. But, if it is severe and you have tingling or numbness in your fingers or hands, I would discuss it with your doctor and maybe ask for an MRI.

Yes, if you have a fusion or any back surgery, there is a higher chance, statistically speaking, that you might have disc problems at other levels. This is simply because the shock that was taken up by the fused discs will be displaced to another level..meaning there will be more pressure on the other disc than there was before. I had surgery at l4-5 in 98 and sometime after that I ruptured l3-4..I wasn't in any accident either time..it just happened.

Anyway, the best advice I can give you is to pursue a more active plan for pain mgmt. Try all kinds of different things..you never know what may work. If your meds aren't working, communicate with your doctor. Nobody should have to endure needless suffering. How well do you sleep at night? If not very well, you may want to ask your doc about a drug called neurontin. It is pretty safe and is mostly used for epileptics...but many doctors use it for pain management.

Are you able to do any gentle stretching or exercise? Have you ever tried meditation or relaxing techniques?? I know these things may sound stupid..and I was particularly annoyed when one of my old doctors thought these techniques would be enough to manage my pain (yeah..right! I had to go to the ER 4 times in a year because the pain was so bad and she would not give me pain medicine)..but techniques like this may help you to relax and take your mind off of the pain a little bit. I like to turn off the lights and light candles and listen to soft music. It just puts me in a better frame of mind and is a comfort to me when I am in a ton of pain.

Well Chrissy, I'll be thinking of you and praying that something works to make your pain at least a little more bearable.

hang-in there!

every good wish-
Dani


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