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Hello Everyone,
I am new here and would like to tell my story with hopes of advice, encouragement and feedback.
I am a 40 year old male was employed as a state Corrections Officer for 16 years. In 1998 I fell from a step ladder on a concrete floor approx 5 feet. I was out of work due to pain in low back and right leg for approx 3 weeks I sought medical treatment X-ray showed nothing and returned when pain subsided. at the time of my injury I was in good health and weighed 235lbs at 6'2".
The pain in my Back continued intermitedly and became constant in approx 2002due to pain i was unable to do the activities that I was acustom to and began putting on weight to approx 260lbs. I again sought medical attention. MRI showed degeneratice dic didease L4-L5 and L5-S1, EMG showed abnormal study and was seen by Drs who were orthopedics and nerosurgeons who all seemed to lean toward my weight as cause of my pain. Disgusted with their diagnosis I lost 6olbs and returned to 200lbs and the pain not only continued but worsened.
from 2002-2006 I continued to seek Medical trewatment and recieved Physical therapy, numerous epidural and facet joint injection all with little or no improvement to my pain.
In 2006 I further injured my low back and right hip while at work MRIs now show further deteriation of L4-L5 and L5-S1 discs with bulged disc at L4-L5, EMG shows worsened nerve damage with right radiapathy
I have not reuturned to work since that time and have been in constant pain that radiates to my right leg I expierence weakness in Rt led and walk with the use of a cane
I have have been forced to retire from my work and now recieve a disability retirement and social security diasbilty.
The Pain is to the point that it is unbearable and constant. I have been told that I will need a spinal fusion I was told this approx 3 years earlier but refused to do so. Now I am in so much pain and unable to live a even semi normal life I am considering this
My Dr has also reccomended the possibility of a morhine pump to decrease pain but the idea of any of these surgeries scare the heck out of me as it seems for everyone they have helped I hear of someone else who was not helped by surgery.
If anyone out there has had simular problems to mine that can share there expieriences with me it would be greatly appreciated. Thank You

After reading my post I thought I should add a summary of timeline and diagnosis

1998 injury from fall
1998 X-Ray showed normal
1999 MRI- Degenative discs disease and facet disease
2000 Epidural injections
2000 Mylegram normal
2001 Facet Block Injections
2002 X-Ray showing narrowing of L4L5 dics
2003 Physical therapy
2003 MRI showing mild disc bulge L4-L5
2004 Physical therapy
2004 EMG abnormal study
2004 MRI degenitive disc disease L4 L5 L5 S1 mild stenosis
2004 Epidural Injectiions
2005 Physical Therapy
2006 MRI showed narrowing of thecal sac, degenertive disc disease L4-L5 L5-S1 mod stenosis
2006 EMG L4-L5 nerve damage with right radiopathy
2006 MRI Rt Hip bursitus and cranial cysts
2006 Epidural and facet block injections
2007 MRI severe Stenosis wiith L4-L5 and L5-S1 dengenitive disc disease and bulged disc L4-L5

I have been taking locet or percocet for pain since 2006 and using a tens unit ans back brace

thank you again