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when does it end??

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi, I'm back after being gone for about a year now. I had c/4 and 5 fused in about '06, then the above and below went and I then had c4/5/6 and 7 fused. This seemed nothing compared to the awful L5/s1 fusion in '08. I had such bad back cramping I couldn't turn over, ran a high fever, high blood sugar, you name it. But the pain still persists in my hip area and where the plate is from the L5 fusion-laminectomy. I am tired of taking meds and since I need more and more, I want to get a pain pump put in my lower back. Has anyone ever had one and do they work? Also, with re-checking my latest MRI, I now have a pinched nerve, bulging disc at c7/T1 that will need surgery but only "when I can't take it any more" the surgeon said. Does this happen to anyone? One disc after another needs fusion. Can anyone offer advise as to if it ever ends? I think all my problems started with my pituitary causing degenerated disc disease and osteoarthritis. I get scared seeing doctors and having tests. Thanks for listening, Cher


  • You think your pituitary gland started all of this? Wow that's interesting,and something for me to read up on.Do you also have thyroid disease?

    I'm sorry for all of your pain and ongoing troubles with your spine.I have read about what I refer to as the 'domino effect'-because one surgery makes the discs above/below take on added strain from the one that was operated on.I'm sure you've read about this as well.

    I also have degenerated disc disease and osteoarthritis,and it seems like I don't even tell my Drs much anymore because I just don't want to deal with it---so I just take my meds and take each day,making the best of it.These past couple days have been rough.

    Take care of yourself-I hope that things get easier for you-You deserve it!
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