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Hello Nick:

Welcome although sorry you have to be here in the first place. It can be extremely frustrating to be in so much pain and not have someone to give you answers or at least some relief. I cannot tell you what to do, but can tell you what I might do. First, what kind of narcotic are you on? I use the Duragesic/Fentanyl Patch and find it very helpful. Before using it my pain was incredibly agonizing. I take morphine sulfate for breakthrough pain also. I am seeing a pain management dr for this. Then I would find an adult spine specialist that will address your problems. You sound like you are suffering from the "domino effect" which happens when there is undue pressure in one area, other areas take up the slack and suffer at times. My fractured vertebra caused me to lean too far forward and was crushing the lumbar below. They used cages to reallign my spine. They spoke about osteotomy as an option, where they break the vertebra and reallign it. Have they told you exactly where you problem is coming from? You mentioned a fractured vertebra which is why I stated the above. Last, I would ask my dr. for an antidepressant. I have fought depression for 23 yrs, and hated taking meds to feel better, but it became a quality of life issue and does help me a lot. I would not stop seeking help, it's out there. Keep us posted. Jo H.

1979: Fell from scaffold onto gymnasium floor. Decompression Laminectomy L1-L3 w/Spinal Fusion and Harrington Rods Insertion.
1992: Harrington rod breakage and dislodging. Removal and refitted with smaller hardware and re fused.
2001: Pain Again. MRI inconclusive due to hardware
2001: Diskogram shows bulging and DDD at L4-S1 due to domino effect
2002 Feb: 10 hr. surgery. 360 fusion and hardware extended with "connector" to S1. 3 Titanium cages placed anteriorally. Fused from L1-S1.
2002 Sept: Pain worse than before surgery.
2002 Oct: EMG shows damage to L5 and S1
2002 Oct: CT Myelogram ordered.

Duragesic Patch 25 mg
Morphine Sulf 15mg for bt pain
Nitrofurantoin for UTI prevention

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