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Board: Back Problems 09-20-2010, 06:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 8,495
Posted By ms_west
Re: Increased pain after Hardware Removal?

Mel,

Has anyone checked you for RSD? I had 5 spinal surgeries and a stimulator that went bad and have developed this disease. It is extremely painful. I have discloration, unable to keep my...
Board: Chronic Pain 07-09-2010, 12:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,108
Posted By ms_west
Re: to pump or not to pump

Benbros best of luck to you and your partner! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. I will provide you with as much info as I can from a patients perspective.

Blessings,...
Board: Chronic Pain 06-27-2010, 09:05 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 16,905
Posted By ms_west
Re: What's next when nothing helps the pain?

Hessie, we have followed one another for a long time and you know we both have had a tough journey with our backs. I just recently had a pain pump put in and I am regaining my life back. I wish I...
Board: Chronic Pain 06-27-2010, 09:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,108
Posted By ms_west
Re: to pump or not to pump

Thank you Bullymom! Multiplepains43, I am here for you!!:wave:
Board: Chronic Pain 06-24-2010, 12:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,108
Posted By ms_west
Re: to pump or not to pump

And to answer your question .....DOES IT TRULY RELIEVE THE PAIN?

You have to realize that implanting the pump and getting your meds exactly correct can take a very long time. At two months out, I...
Board: Chronic Pain 06-23-2010, 11:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,108
Posted By ms_west
Re: to pump or not to pump

As I sit and read your post, I am becoming choked up with tears and feel the need to just curl up in a corner and sob. I read and feel the desperation in your post. You see, I am 46, I have had 5...
Board: Back Problems 05-16-2010, 06:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,220
Posted By ms_west
Re: Fooled in to thinking my back pain was gone

Dee,

So sorry that your back pain has returned. The problems with our spines is that once you hurt them I firmly believe that no matter how careful you are that you will have intermittent...
Board: Back Problems 05-16-2010, 06:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,698
Posted By ms_west
Re: Disco-gram

So glad that you had a positive experience with the discogram and that they were able to find out exactly what your problems were. This is why this test is worth its weight in gold and is worth...
Board: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) (CRPS) 05-15-2010, 01:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,963
Posted By ms_west
Re: Has anyone had skin ulcerations/infections due to RSD?

I too have these lovely ulcers. In fact, I have been dealing with one on my heel since November time frame. It is horrible. Everytime I walk, the stupid thing busts open and bleeds. They say it...
Board: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) (CRPS) 05-15-2010, 12:48 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 35,083
Posted By ms_west
Re: RSD in both Feet -- Shoes???

Crocs are excellent and I have found them to be the best!! Fit Flops are also comfortable for the feet too.

I have found the salonpas - overthe counter patches containing camphor and menthol to...
Board: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) (CRPS) 05-15-2010, 12:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,141
Posted By ms_west
Re: R.S.D and drug tollarances, is any one ealse on high dosages

I too just had a medtronic pain pump put in for the pain and so far the relief has been amazing.
Board: Back Problems 05-13-2010, 11:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,780
Posted By ms_west
Re: Think Dr injected into the nerve not near it

Gram I believe this happened to me. Do you have alot of deep burning or cramping from the pain? Also if you have any other symptoms no matter how strange they may be, please list them and I might...
Board: Chronic Pain 02-09-2010, 07:08 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 22,186
Posted By ms_west
Re: So much pain, what is wrong with me?

allie,

Honestly, your first priority should be to find a compassionate dr who is willing to prescribe the appropriate meds. In order for you to even begin to heal, you need adequate pain control....
Board: Chronic Pain 02-08-2010, 10:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,751
Posted By ms_west
Re: Still hanging around and still in pain.

Hi Hessie, I am so sorry you are hurting still. I too am in the never ending cycle of chronic pain and we have tried everything. Someone mentioned the stimulator and if I remember right you have...
Board: Chronic Pain 02-08-2010, 06:44 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 22,186
Posted By ms_west
Re: So much pain, what is wrong with me?

Hi there! When I read your story, my heart just aches for you as I have a very complex case as well and it truly is hard to obtain a good group of doctors. I strongly believe this is the key to...
Board: General Health 12-31-2009, 11:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,840
Posted By ms_west
Re: Postherapeutic pain relief??

Hi there. I am sorry she is in so much pain. I definitely would not try any cream near the eyes without the approval of her doc. I have heard and seen the wrath of nerve pain remaining after...
Board: Back Problems 12-31-2009, 11:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,251
Posted By ms_west
Re: I'm home...from surgery

Sage, dear.... you certainly deserve an :angel: or two looking after you. You have been thru so much and just keep on pushing. Although I am not on the board to much these days, please know that...
Board: Back Problems 12-31-2009, 11:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,535
Posted By ms_west
Re: After 3 back surgeries, having a SI joint fusion

:wave: Brenda!! I want to wish you the best of luck in your upcoming surgery and pray that this is an answer to your pain. You have certainly been thru alot!! Just remember to take care of...
Board: Back Problems 12-31-2009, 11:27 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,171
Posted By ms_west
Re: Failed spine sugery

Hi and welcome. I have had 5 back surgeries and my biggest advice to you would be to make sure that you are in with a good pain mgmt doc/anethesiologist. It is important that you pain is well...
Board: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) (CRPS) 12-31-2009, 11:12 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,880
Posted By ms_west
Re: pain

Although I have not been diagnosed for long, pain is no stranger to me. I have had 5 back surgeries. Have you tried the following:

*lidocaine patches - prescribed by your doc
*lidocaine...
Board: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) (CRPS) 12-31-2009, 10:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,775
Posted By ms_west
Re: dealing with rsd for 17 years

I had a stimulator in for a short period of time -- 24 hrs to be exact -- they had to remove it due to complications and it came out easily. However, one of my concerns or questions prior to the...
Board: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) (CRPS) 12-31-2009, 10:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,419
Posted By ms_west
Re: Electro Acupuncture?

Hi! Last summer, I had excellent results with my back using electro acupuncture but unfortunately it was very short lived pain relief. We then decided to try it on my right leg and it sent me into...
Board: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) (CRPS) 12-31-2009, 10:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,152
Posted By ms_west
Re: Newly diagnosed and Ouchy!!

Hi Sunny! Your name looks familiar. I will have to go read over some old posts to refamiliarize myself with you. The memory is not to good lately from all the meds but at least I have meds.;)
...
Board: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) (CRPS) 12-24-2009, 02:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,152
Posted By ms_west
Unhappy Newly diagnosed and Ouchy!!

:wave: I am saddened to say that I now have officially joined the gang as the new kid on the block. Yesterday, my 3 phase bone scan came back showing that I have RSD in my right foot, right leg,...
Board: Back Problems 09-29-2009, 06:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,152
Posted By ms_west
Re: Scar tissue after surgeries- anyone? do tell! EMG? too

Hi Rose,

I have had 5 major spine surgeries and I have alot of scar tissue. My biggest advice to you is to be extremely careful. The more surgery you have the more scar tissue you will have. ...
Board: Back Problems 09-29-2009, 06:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,202
Posted By ms_west
Re: Hello and Stim Implant Update

IBAKE, The biggest smile just crossed my face when I saw a message from you and it is so uplifting to hear from you again. I have missed you and Ella and have also been thinking about mamakitkat,...
Board: Back Problems 09-27-2009, 01:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,192
Posted By ms_west
Re: considering L5-S1 fusion

I had my first surgery at 17 and was back to work within 6 weeks full time and school. I bounced back very quickly because I was in great shape, young, and active. However, the last couple of...
Board: Back Problems 09-27-2009, 01:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,202
Posted By ms_west
Re: Hello and Stim Implant Update

Lisa, please, please I ask that you seek multiple opinions on a third surgery. I am not a dr but I have now had 5 plus the stim and to be honest I have only declined/deteroriated with each surgery. ...
Board: Back Problems 09-27-2009, 01:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,506
Posted By ms_west
Re: And I am back...(long, but please advise)

Michelle, have they done a CT scan or myleogram?

I am lifting you up in prayer and hope that you find some relief soon.
Board: Back Problems 09-27-2009, 01:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,000
Posted By ms_west
Re: annular tear

Hi and welcome to the board. I am sorry that you are in such pain and I wish I knew the answers to your question. I too am having problems with T12 and it is not FUN that is for sure.

May I ask...
Board: Back Problems 09-27-2009, 01:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,293
Posted By ms_west
Re: Still in pain and will have Myelogram done!

Linda, I have had several myleograms and each time they have reminded me to try and drink at least 2 quarts of water - :dizzy: - the day before the procedure and at least the same the day of the...
Board: Back Problems 09-26-2009, 10:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,346
Posted By ms_west
Re: Sex after Surgery??

Hi Nancy, you might want to do a search as this topic has come up several times on the board. Personally, I waited for some time after all of my surgeries because the risk was not worth prolonging...
Board: Back Problems 09-26-2009, 10:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,202
Posted By ms_west
Re: Hello and Stim Implant Update

Linda, I want to let everyone know that the new lesion was not present in May on my last MRI. Also my spine dr and the neurologist both said, that it is very obvious that it is a result of the stim...
Board: Back Problems 09-26-2009, 01:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 873
Posted By ms_west
Re: Need help understanding MRI results

It sounds like your symptoms match your MRI results. You have a narrowing of the spinal column which means that the nerves are being compressed which is resulting in the neuropathy pain in your...
Board: Back Problems 09-26-2009, 01:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,046
Posted By ms_west
Re: help with x ray findings

Hi, I too had a transitional vertebrae and actually this is common. I too was diagnosed at age 17 and ended up needing a fusion. What happens with this is that the two vertebrae are laying on top...
Board: Back Problems 09-26-2009, 12:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,031
Posted By ms_west
Re: home from surgery

Hi Billy Boy! So sorry that I have not been around to support you with yet another surgery. I pray that this surgery is the answer to your pain and that you will get stronger and stronger as each...
Board: Back Problems 09-26-2009, 12:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 806
Posted By ms_west
Re: T-5 Fracture

Hi, I am sorry no one responded and I will try to answer your question. I have newly developed thoracic problems and am working with a neurosurgeon. Apparently the higher you go up in the spinal...
Board: Back Problems 09-26-2009, 12:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,570
Posted By ms_west
Re: New Pain After 6 1/2 months surgery

Jackpate, I am glad that you have had a discogram and I pray that you have not developed a newer problem. Unfortunately, once you have surgery it is likely that a level above or below the surgery...
Board: Back Problems 09-26-2009, 12:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,202
Posted By ms_west
Re: Hello and Stim Implant Update

Jainie, I look forward to reading and catching up on you. I too have missed you and can't wait to hear the latest. Blessings and well wishes are sent your way.
Board: Back Problems 09-26-2009, 12:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,202
Posted By ms_west
Re: Hello and Stim Implant Update

Jdsun, I can't place you -- but I am well medicated at the moment - so maybe that has to do with why I have no memory. My biggest advice to you or anyone is that is considering the stim implant is...
Board: Back Problems 09-26-2009, 06:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,208
Posted By ms_west
Re: a falling over feeling when walking and standing

Hi Kathy! Yes, I have this and I suggest that you bring this to your drs attention as this could be another symptom that something is wrong.

Have you had any tests to determine the source of the...
Board: Back Problems 09-26-2009, 06:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,570
Posted By ms_west
Re: New Pain After 6 1/2 months surgery

Jack,

Hi, I am so sorry about you new onset of pain. I have had 5 surgeries and I understand exactly where you are coming from. It is hard to go thru major surgery and only to have the pain...
Board: Back Problems 09-26-2009, 06:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,626
Posted By ms_west
Re: Using A Cane

I find my cane useful for reducing pain and leaning on something when I am losing my balance. It helps steady me on my feet. The only thing is if you use a cane, please make sure you are using it...
Board: Back Problems 09-26-2009, 06:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,193
Posted By ms_west
Re: monkey update ltns

Hi Monkey!! I am so sorry that you are still in pain and have not received any help. I am back and will be here to support you as much as I can. Please know that you are in my thoughts and...
Board: Back Problems 09-26-2009, 06:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,202
Posted By ms_west
Unhappy Hello and Stim Implant Update

Hi my dear friends. I have been missing for awhile due to trying to learn to cope with my life after 5 failed spinal surgeries. Anyway as my life would go, I am desperate need of some support after...
Board: Back Problems 05-12-2009, 12:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,282
Posted By ms_west
Re: Stopping in to catch up and say hello

Robochick, I want you to know that our messages must have crossed. I am preparing a response for you because I understand exactly where you are at and right now I am in major, major pain so my words...
Board: Back Problems 05-12-2009, 12:24 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,588
Posted By ms_west
Re: Discogram...is it as painful as it sounds??

Hi Tara!

So sorry for the late response but I just wrote a note discussing my discogram on devisphish post entitled, Saw my doctor today , "discogram" !!! You may go read it there as I won't...
Board: Back Problems 05-12-2009, 12:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,475
Posted By ms_west
Re: Saw my doctor today , "discogram" !!!

Hey Billy Boy!!!

Hopefully this response makes sense. I am in alot of pain right now but wanted to respond to you and let you know that a discogram is well worth its weight in gold.

I think...
Board: Back Problems 05-11-2009, 02:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,282
Posted By ms_west
Re: Stopping in to catch up and say hello

Oh Emily, I am so sorry about your MIL. Alzheimer's is tough to deal with and is a very cruel disease in my opinion. We lost my FIL to this disease and at the end it was really hard on all of us. ...
Board: Back Problems 05-11-2009, 01:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,282
Posted By ms_west
Re: Stopping in to catch up and say hello

I can't tell you how much I miss you!! I think of you all the time and in fact your ears must have been burning because Moldova and I were talking about you and the beach!!

I am sorry that you...
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