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Hi-From New Zealand

winkiewwinkie Posts: 174
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in New Member Introductions
Thank-you for this great web-site. I have found so much information and practical help, not to mention the support in what feels an isolating issue. I am a 47yr old woman, married with 4 grown children and 3 grandchildren. An accident at work (19/12/07) has meant a confusing journey of pain to try to get a diagnosis and treatment. Looking to have spinal fusion (L4/5-L5/S1) and cage and instrumentation.Just wanted to say Hello and Thanks for ongoing info. and practical suggestions.


  • :H I'm sorry you were hurt on the job. What type of injury did you suffer on your back? My initial injury were herniated discs on L4-S1 and it just happened one day- I came home in pain and crawled into bed, and by evening I was bawling my eyes out. I went through all kinds of treatments ranging from medicines to injections. I did have a microdiscectomy in 2007 but I reherniated 1 month later. In '08 I had a 2 level fusion with titanium rods, screws, cage and the doctor used donor bone. I never got relief from that either and now I have developed scar tissue on the nerve.

    Fusion surgery is major and not to take lightly. Some believe it should be a last resort option. The more you research and learn about it, the more you'll know what to expect. If any one paints a rosy, simple picture, don't believe it. Recovery is hard and it can take over a year for the nerve to completely heal. Of course if there is nerve compression, this has to be addressed in order to prevent irreversible nerve damage.

    I'm not trying to discourage you but to tell you how it really is. There is a wealth of experience and advice here and I hope you benefit from it and see how much is involved. Don't worry, there are success stories here as well. It may seem that there is more bad than good, it's only cause a lot of the success stories have moved on from SH. It's nice to have you here with us and I look forward to hearing from you. This is a multinational forum and there are spineys from all over the world. Take care
  • Hello Meyday321-I'm a bit dodgy at navigating the computer, so hope this is correct. I work as a medical receptionist and helped an elderley lady to exit her car-ended up twisting my back and taking her full bodyweight. The diagnosis a bit strange as apparently I have congenital anomoly of the pelvis which became symtomatic upon injury??? They propose to fuse the L4/L5-L5/S1, excise the right transverse process of L5 with a TLIF and cage at L4/5 and a posterolateral lumbar fusion with instrumentation. Sorry it took so long to reply, had to read all the specialist stuff. The pain aspect is really the hardest, plus walking like "Quasi-modo" for the 9 months. Have been given a wheelchair to get around in but find that after a short time my left leg will not move. At home not so bad as I walk stooped and use furniture for help, or just take painkillers and lay on my bed. God, I sound so tragic, I keep finding myself in tears at the prospect of being in a wheelchair permanently if I don't have successful surgery. Thank-you for listening to me whine on, any advice you can give me I truly cherish-Thank you
  • It sounds like we both are walking "funny". Maybe it's more like waddling. Anyhow it is terrible and I have to get around with a cane. I do have a walker but am not ready to go there yet.

    You're not whining at all, our days are similar. I am sick of tired of laying down because I can't sit or stand or walk for very long. That is no way to live. I hope they fix this up when you have your TLIF. Are the medicines helpful with your pain?
  • Its so nice to know I have a twin, I'm sure I look like J-Lo with my bum sticking-out. Me too with the walker, the mental image of elderley ladies and myself-not quite ready for that yet. Just heard today that the accident compensation people will not fund my surgery-now have to look at next option, maybe legal advice? The pain meds I have are coedine phosphate 30mg, and Tramadol 100mg-they just fog your brain and make you more"docile" at the point I take them I just lay on my bed till the pain settles to coping level and start again till I seize up again. I think after reading this site that I will see my doctor to check if anything more effective? Thanks for talking to me I feel as if there is someone who really understands
  • I think retaining a lawyer is a good idea. Workers' Comp is always trying to put on over people. I trust them as far as I can throw them. I took tramadol once and all it did is freak me out. Never again will I try it. The only medicine that makes me drowsy is my muscle relaxer. The pain patch and Norco don't have that effect on me. Also, I always feel like I'm 90 when using my cane.
  • Early Ageing!!! People do treat you quite differently when using a walking aid-deaf,intellectually impaired, invisible!!! I guess you have to develop a different sense of humour to cope-my husband tends to make cheeky comments and it does help to diffuse the situation. When did you first have the back pain? Was it related to an injury? Another funny thing I have noticed is that my clothes just don't fit the same anymore-must be my posture!! The tramadol can make you feel quite anxious and I only take them if I need full zombie mode to cope.
  • my children say..."run!....she'll be here in half an hour" when they are only ten feet away from me... =)) -gotta love the little darlings tho!...loli too use a walker if out in the open, a cane if shopping where they have a motorized cart, and just do the "igor shuffle" through the house!

    I now this weekend realized that the percocets are no longer covering my pain, and yet afraid to try anything else, as a am single mom to these wonderful "angels"/ }:) that are my wonderful children :D . they are 9, 11, and 12, and I also have a 19 year old that helps, but understandably, likes his grown up time too....
    so, caught between pain, and the twightlight zone....what do you do???

    ....Hang from the bells yelling "SANCUARY!"...?

    nope...better to just stay huddles in bed, buy lots of stuff the kids can microwave to eat, keep your ears peeled for the sounds of trouble, and pray that tomorrow will be better....

  • You have found a great place for understanding and support. I wish you much luck with your surgery and please keep us posted.
  • I am sitting here bawling my eyes out at the all the positive comments I have read. I have an awesome family but the people here really do know and understand the reality without engaging in the pity-party.The courage I needed to see my doctor to sort out pain relief, I have an appointment.Found a lawyer to address the Accident compensation people. The information here has allowed me to start to understand what is happening to me, rather than be dragged down by unknown Pain.
    One thing that I have tried which may help others-here in NZ we have mineral hot-pools, they didn't fix my back but the water therapy did keep other body-parts in reasonable condition. Warm Fuzzies to all
  • Sorry bit fuzzy, you asked how manage the pain and meds. I am lucky all my kids are grown-up, and left home. My husband works shift-work and is really great at being pretty independent. You are in a really tough place with young "little angels",but I bet they know the best thing your kids need is your love, it won't make dinner I know but microwave meals and a special bond with their Mum is priceless. While I do my "Igor-shuffle" I try to use a long-handled duster to scrape dust from my furniture, the vacumning is done on all-fours when I can't take the mess anymore.The wheeled computer chair is a good aid when needing to do "stuff".Keep hoping for better days is my other suggestion, that and a sense of craziness-with a bit of laughter added in. Hope your angels are extra angelic
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