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Old 10-25-2004, 10:20 AM   #1
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What can I possibly do?

My husband is the one with all the back problems, not me. He's so down right now. PT isn't working and leaves him in so much pain. He's decided to quit with the therapy and has called his neuro who wants him to have another MRI. Just like last time with his herniation, he has to do the waiting thing. Wait for a return phone call, wait for more surgery, just wait for some kind of relief, KWIM? I don't know how to help him with the pain other than offer moral support. This whole thing has taken away such a huge amount of quality in his life. Some days he just doesn't want to exist anymore. How do you all get past that feeling of hopelessness?

Any suggestions? We ice, we heat. He uses pain patches on both his neck and lower back. He floats in a pool for a few hours, too, but that relief is only temporary. Things seem so hopeless to him right now. He's waiting on a phone call to tell him when to go for another MRI.

The really weird thing about all of this, is that he never had anything more than a twinge in his back before he had that horrific herniation. No neck pain, either. So he had his first MRI this past May and it has opened up a can of worms. How can DDD progress so quickly? He can't stand, can't sit, can barely hobble from one spot to the next. It has to be the other stuff in combination with the DDD, I'm sure. Compressions, stenosis, bulges, osteophytes - they are all playing a major factor. How can all that possibly be fixed?

Thanks for the ear, ya'll!


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Old 10-25-2004, 03:47 PM   #2
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Re: What can I possibly do?

I don't have any good suggestions but I must say that you are awesome for being so supportive towards your husband. That is the number 1 thing that you can do for him, just be there. If he didn't have you and your support it would be a whole other story. Having somebody there that tries there best to understand and support you emotionally is the most improtant thing he needs. How long did he do PT? Sorry I can't be more helpful. Take care. Good luck with everything. kristy.

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