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Old 08-05-2004, 02:18 PM   #1
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Unhappy new type of pain

It's been a really long time since i have posted on the boards. Ever since the spring i have been going from Doctor to Doctor to figure out whether to have ADR or a fusion. I have since been scheduled to have minimally invasive fusion on my two bad discs (L4-5 and L5/S1) I am scheduled for surgery on 7 September.

But that's not my dilema today i recently went on vacation and while I was away I experienced a type of pain that I never felt before..up unitl this pain i have felt really bad back pain and as leg pain and pain that shoots around my waist. But this particular type of pain was different in the fact that it felt as if my whole lower back were one big muscle that just completely tensed sort of when one pulls a leg muscle. This pain lasted for about 48 hours and many vicodin later i felt much better and was able to enjoy the rest of my vacation. however since returning from vacation I have continued to have this new type of pain and I don't know what the hell it is or whats causing it. Has anyone out there experience something similar to this ?

I am frustrated and tired and dont want to be in pain no more


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Old 08-05-2004, 03:17 PM   #2
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Re: new type of pain

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I am in 25 years old and live in NYC, i am an administrator for a major organization. About 3 years ago I had a car accident wich causes L5/S1 to herniate, at the time I did nothing about it b/c i actually felt fine, so I continued a very active lifestyle which consisted of heavy exircising, skiing and snowboarding. In june 2002 i went on a really long car trip and when I returned from i basically could not walk, it honestly hurt to even walk forward next thing i knew i am in an emergency room being told that my herniation has started to rupture and that the herniation was pressing on my nerves which is why i could not even walk...The Doctors at the time did a discetomy and after 3 or 6 months i felt great. Needless to say feeling great lasted for about a year...and then all the pain started to come back again first back pain and then leg pan..and the extreme pain that shoots down my legs that stop me from walking from time to time. My doctor and I have tried everything under the sun, PT, chiropractors, accupuncture, you name it i have had it.

Earlier this spring he did an MRI that showed that the disc had re herniated and again was pressing on my he sends me to visit a spinal surgeon to see if I can be eligible for ADR...when i see the spine surgeon he makes me have a discography which shows not only the problems on L5/S1 but that L4-5 is in even worse shape than the other discs and that all of my problems are coming from mostly from this discs. Did I also mention that i have scar tissue...

Upon reading the report the Spine Surgeon said he would not do ADR b/c he will not do it on 2 discs and that my option was fusion. Went to get another opinion with a very renowned specialist here in NYC and he concured.

My Doctors and my chiropractor have been in constant communication and everyone agrees that i have to have a fusion b/c its the only thing that can be done.

As far as the new pain is concern...the only thing i could have done to agrivate the disc was be on a place for 4 hours each way ( but i got up and wlaked every 20 minutes...dr. gave me a medical note ) and the most strainig activity i did on vacation was snorkel. and to answer your other question my bowel movements are fine. I just dont now what the new pain is b/c i have never felt this type of pain before.

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Old 08-05-2004, 06:03 PM   #3
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Re: new type of pain

I am sorry, but I cannot agree that she should see a chiropractor...not with 2 bad discs. Some chiro's think traction or manipulation is the only way to treat and that can be bad news for people like us.

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Old 08-06-2004, 06:50 AM   #4
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Re: new type of pain


My doctor made me stop seeing the chiro back in i don't know if the pain might be a result of previous manipulation.

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