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Re: Very low back pain

Re: Very low back pain

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Posted by Lisa M on November 13, 2000 at 08:52:58:

In Reply to: Re: Very low back pain posted by Diana on November 11, 2000 at 10:28:07:

: : Good morning,
: : I have read your posts and messages to each other and find myself in the early stages of where you are. I have had back pain for 8 1/2 years and have not had severe problems until I ruptured my L-4/5 disc in February. In March I had a microdiscectomy done. That helped for about 3 weeks. Then, bam, the pain came back. I was put on heavy doses of narcotics and told that my doctors were trying to make appointments for me. All the while, my neurosurgeon, who was supposed to know me and be my best advisor, released me from his care and sent me away. I am in the military (Air Force) and the doctor's at my disposal had no idea how to treat me. So, for six months I was given Percocet, Trazadone, Baclofen, Neurontin, Remeron, Tramadol, Lortab, Vioxx, Corticosteriods, and Motrin. At the end of September I had finally had enough of all the pills and abruptly took myself off them. Wrong thing to do personally, but, it got my AF doctor's attention. 5 days of harsh withdrawl and a bag and a half of IV fluid later, I was okay. The pain was and is still bad, and I have finally seen a doctor that has a plan for me. Fusion, Titanium cage, now I read your posts and don't know if it's exacly what to do. I am definately leaning toward the surgery, my chances are better than living like this for the rest of my life. I am 28, and have 3 children that I can't play with. My wife and family don't like seeing me in the shape I am in. So, if this will help me, I am going to do it. The risks to me are worth it, personally. Any advice on what I should do post op, and things I shouldn't do? Thanks for reading and responding.
: : Respectfully,
: : Eric, North Carolina

: Hi Eric,

: You know most of the history here, the only thing I would add is... you know your own level of pain. For me it was tough not being able to walk more than 15-20 minutes at a time. I no longer could live with the pain either, so I chose surgery. Find that Doctor you believe in and feel comfortable with him/her.

: Once you have your surgery, don't over due it! Therapy afterwards it good, too! I don't know what really caused my broken screw so be cautious. Just rememeber, once a spine patient, always a spine patient. Hope I've helped a little bit. Good luck with your surgery.

Hi Eric

Don't be too put off with all of our problems. I couldn't stand for more than a few minutes at a time before I had my surgery. I was in constant pain, no meds gave me any relief, so surgery seemed like a blessing. I had 7 years of being relativley pain free so I think it was worth it.

By the way I did some reading up on the sensations in my legs and come to find out I have restless leg syndrome. Thankfully it only happens occassionally.

I hope that your surgery fixes your problems or at the very least lessens the pain. Good luck

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