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severe pain and treatment

KENTUCKYGIRL65KKENTUCKYGIRL65 Posts: 210
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:33 AM in Chronic Pain
Hi all I pretty much stay in severe pain anymore, had my surgery l2-3 discectomy in november. I have searched help and relief but have found no one willing to listen. My doctor thinks the problem should have been fixed by his surgery and I have so many other problems that he just ignores,I have been going to a chiropractor for two days that uses the activator method and it scares me that they might do more damage, the chiro told me that my spine is way crooked and will only get worse..Does anyone know if this little tool can cause more damage?
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  • sorry problems with back continue. i personally have stayed away from chiro care after surgery. i have seen plenty of others here on sh who have also avoided chiro after surgery.
    activator may not be as forceful as regular manipulation and therefore would be less likely to injure you. If it were me i'd opt for trying to get an answer by having a scan done to see why youre still having troubles. the real situation of your spine isnt known unless you get mri or ct scan. what if there is a problem that might be made worse with the activator?
    good luck
    pete
  • That is my thoughts also, I have not been sure of it and dont feel good about it so I will stay away from it.I had a ajustment yesterday and she thumped the side of my neck with the activator and it hurt! I guess I am looking for miracles or the end of the rainbow, I just cant stand the pain anymore and dont know what to do..
  • cant you get a 2nd opinion?
    pete
  • Hi I went back to my family doctor and he sent me to a nuero who was so rude to me , he looked at me and said I am not a second opinion and I told him that I wasnt looking for a second opinion just someone that could help me, he was so rude I ended up taking my MRI and leaving so now I am just confused, deppressed and do not know what to do .The pain never stops and all I want to do is cry because it doesnt end..Do you live in this kind of pain or have you found someone to help you? I was reading all of you surgerys and problems , does it eve end?
  • thats a terrible story regarding neuro. was that a surgeon or a neurologist. its funny in the 40 years of my back problems i've never met a neurologist who had much empathy. keep looking and consult with a spinal orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon who specializes in spinal surgery.
    as for my situation no it just keeps getting worse. but my case is different than yours. my bones grew too much when i was young so i got pressure on the nerves all through my spine. arthritis set in and the facet joints were affected putting more pressure on spinal nerves. the holes that the nerves go through became narrowed and that caused pressure. i also got degen. disc. disease as i became older. i am unable to walk, and cant sit for any length of time. i suppose it could be worse where so many of my spine levels are affected. i know i can't be cured but i just take it easy and try to focus on good things. plus you have to have a little sense of humor about it. i joke around about my situation and that seems to help.
    well i hope you find a surgeon who will hear you out. i think i'm getting angry just hearing of your troubles.
    i'm going to get a spinal cord stimulator to help me take the edge off my pain...
    best of luck tennesee....you know ive never been there but i hear its beautiful
    best...pete
  • I'M SO USED TO DOUBLE CLICKING SO WHEN I POST I DOUBLE CLICK AND GET DOUBLE POST...SORRY thats a terrible story regarding neuro. was that a surgeon or a neurologist. its funny in the 40 years of my back problems i've never met a neurologist who had much empathy. keep looking and consult with a spinal orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon who specializes in spinal surgery.
    as for my situation no it just keeps getting worse. but my case is different than yours. my bones grew too much when i was young so i got pressure on the nerves all through my spine. arthritis set in and the facet joints were affected putting more pressure on spinal nerves. the holes that the nerves go through became narrowed and that caused pressure. i also got degen. disc. disease as i became older. i am unable to walk, and cant sit for any length of time. i suppose it could be worse where so many of my spine levels are affected. i know i can't be cured but i just take it easy and try to focus on good things. plus you have to have a little sense of humor about it. i joke around about my situation and that seems to help.
    well i hope you find a surgeon who will hear you out. i think i'm getting angry just hearing of your troubles.
    i'm going to get a spinal cord stimulator to help me take the edge off my pain...
    best of luck tennesee....you know ive never been there but i hear its beautiful
    best...pete
  • I agree that you should try to get another opinion. The best thing would be to find a spine specialist who's fellowship trained in spinal surgery.

    My concern is that your original surgeon said he should have fixed you. Most surgeons know that it's usually not a fix, it's to keep things from getting worse.

    Anyway, I hope you find the right doc for you. It's taken some people many different docs to find the right one. Take care and keep us posted.

    Cath
  • I am really sorry that you have a problem. I would never trust a Chiropractor following surgery. I am biased here due to very bad personal experiences.

    YOUR BEST BET IS TO GET A SECOND OPINION WHICH YOU CAN DO ON LINE THROUGH EDITED WHICH IS ONE OF THE FINEST MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS iN THE WORLD. This will give you the best chance of a really learned medical second opinion.

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  • thanks guys gals I will check out the link for the cleveland clinic, my spine surgeon just thinks he is that good..Young good looking and no brains..He told me that L-2 was where my problem was at did the surgery never told me that I have a tumor on my sine and other buldges plus a abbuted nerve at L-5 AND S1
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