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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello everyone,

I stumbled upon this website earlier this evening...and am thrilled to bits. I cannot wait to read the section on insomnia (check out the time)...but one thing at a time.

I too suffer from chronic back pain due to a combination of things: degenerative disc disease, osteoporosis, my back is fusing together and I had surgery about five years ago to "fix" a herniated disc.

The doctor I saw last year (who told me about the back fusing together) never did give me a proper name for this. Is there one? I do not think it is stenosis for I do not have the sciatic pain.

The pain I have is always in my lower right side but lately sometimes shifts to the left... Oddly enough, it is in the same place I had the pain prior to surgery. The surgery did fix the numbness in my foot, but I have had pain ever since. I told the surgeon and he said it was because I now have bone rubbing on bone. When I asked him why he didn't put anything in-between the discs while he was in there, he told me that was a different surgery! Does this make sense to anyone? Why he never told me prior to the surgery is beyond me...guess I should have done a bit more research...

I take oxycodone for the pain and sometimes it works better than other times. I was taking eight 5mg tablets a day, but since the shortage, I now take 3-4 15mg pills which I cut in half. My doctor and I had a long discussion last year as to alternative types of pain medication. I am rather leery about trying anything else. I know how these effect me, function fine on them and worry that anything else will make me a bit wacko. I was on the patch after my transplant and from what I remember, I do not remember much!! I had a liver transplant five years ago, so I cannot take anything with tylenol or aspirin in it.

Does anyone do Pilates? I thought it might help and would like to try it. Most exercises seem to pull and just make me hurt more...does any one have any good routines or tapes they can recommend? I need to get into shape since I have become a couch potato over the winter. Once the weather gets a bit better, I will be out in the garden and that does not do my back much good either. But I love to garden and just take a pill before I go out :)

Thanks for being here...


  • Welcome to Spine-Health. You've discovered a great forum where the people are friendly, knowledgeable and supportive. You'll enjoy it here. I know I do.

    Well, if you don't mind me being perfectly blunt, your doctor sounds like a quack. Why in the world would he do surgery and not replace the disc? If you have surgery on your spine, it should be to make it better, not make it worse. I realize it helped your foot, but bone on bone??? No, it doesn't make sense to me.

    Have you investigated going to a spine specialist and seeing what they say? Seems to me like you need to get your back taken care of, not just masking it with pain meds. JMHO.

    Take care and again, welcome to SH.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i also suffer from DDD and know how painful it can be.. :''( i do Yoga and am beginning to lift 2 and 5 pound weights when i can.. be careful with whatever you try, go slow and talk to your doc or pt if you can.. :-C stop by the "Sleep Problems" forum if you are up at night. (|: it can make a long night pass quickly!! good luck with pain relief! :D Jenny :)
  • Thanks Jenny...Yoga sounds like a good idea. I have tried it before, but some of the positions are a bit painful...I just have to be very careful. Easy does it.
    I will definitely check out the sleep forum next time I am up all night. It would be great to have someone to talk to instead of surfing the net and playing games :)

    Cath...yes, I agree with you about the doctor which is why I have never gone back to him. I have been to a specialist...more than one.
    Regarding masking my pain with medication it is not for you to say...three doctors agree with what I am doing the last one being a specialist. I refuse to have surgery since I coded on the operating table during my transplant...something the doctor agrees warrants taking the pills in lieu of surgery.
    The pills take away most of the pain, they do not take away all of it. I just have to live with it and pray it does not get unbearable.
    Happy Easter to you all...I won't be back here for awhile.
  • I love your name by the way! Welcome to the board. I'm glad that you found something that sorta works enough for you to continue living your life, even if it's not quite what it used to be. Wow, that's part of the battle, isn't it?

    I hope you continue to post and have some luck sleeping. I've had that problem too, but have been taking Neurontin 600mg at night and a flexeril and so far (knock on wood) have slept every night this week. Hope that continues. Not sleeping really wears me down and makes me feel more like crap than usual.

    Have a good Easter!
  • I didn't mean in any way to imply that you shouldn't be taking pain meds. I still take them as do many, many people here. I only meant that some doctors like bandaids, not solutions.

    I totally understand about your refusing surgery. If that happened to me I wouldn't have it either. There are many people here that understandably have to have med therapy to get through life.

    Again, I apologize. I didn't mean to offend you in any way, I just said it the wrong way. Foot in mouth disease.

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