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New to forum not pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:35 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi my name is Mike. I have been living with chronic pain since 1996.

L4 5 discectomy in 97. Some relief but now the disc is degenerating.

In 2008 I was in a car wreck and injured my neck. C5-6 issues. Pain in the left trap, pain down arm, and constant headaches.

I take percocete, motrin, and midrin.

So that's my story.

Not sure what I am looking for here. I guess support and understanding.



  • Welcome to the site. You will find very useful information and helpful, caring people on here.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you have come to the right place for peace, love and understanding!! :X check out some of the forums and make yourself at home.. :D good luck as you seek pain relief.. often times it can become a matter of just taking care of the everyday pain.. :D Hugsss, >:D< >:D< Jenny :)
  • You have come to the right place for support and understanding. Sometimes it helps just to talk to others that really do feel your pain.
  • hi mike...we have many things in common...i love dogs...i went to school in pittsburgh and i'm in lots of pain....heres hoping the rivers of pittsburgh will be clean and our pain will at least subside long enough to laugh...pete
  • :D Nice Guard Dog! Welcome to the forum. You've found a place to be at ease about whatever your situation may be. Lots of support and understanding on this forum and well as great information.

    Take care O:) :W ,

  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    Hi Mike

    You will find a lot of support on this site, we all understand living with chronic pain. Glad you have found us.

    Take care


    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Hi Mike,

    Welcome! Looks like you have a harlequin GD, am I right? A neighbor had a harlequin a few years back, she was a great dog. Big dogs are the best! Hope that today is a better day pain wise for you.
  • Hi and Welcome to Spine Health. Sorry that you are having such issues in your life. It's never fair and doesn't discriminate.

    One thing that I was wondering, is the same doc who is prescribing the Percocet, prescribing the Midrin? The reason I ask this, is because both meds have a high concentration of Acetaminophen. This of course can be very difficult on your liver can also be toxic at certain levels.

    Well I know you will meet some nice folks here. Take care and Welcome.

  • Hi Mike :))) :)))

    Glad you found our forum. Lots of beaut people here who are only too happy to give you support.

    What's the name of your Great Dane? I love the giant breeds and used to have Irish Wolfhounds which are similar in size to Danes.


    XLIF L2-4 20.8.15
    ALIF L4/5 2009
    Laminectomy/discectomy L4/5 2008
  • My dogs name is Zugi. She helps keep me moving. Some days I really don't want to do anything, but I have take her for a walk.

    I am worried about all the Tylenol I am taking. I have an appointment with my doctor on the 15th.

    I think I am starting to have stomach problems from all of the Motrin I have taken. I was taking up to 3,200mg a day.

    I want to thank you all for the welcome
  • Welcome to Spine health.
    This is a great site for many reason.
    Stick around and you will see.

    I bet Zugi is a great friend and helps you in many ways
    She is a beauty

    Sorry about your pains.
    Its a different feeling talking to people that really do know and can relate to your pains and issues.

    That does seem like alot of Tylenol(My Opinion Only)
    Maybe Doc. can find different and better way for you to get some relief.

    Hugs to all...patsy
  • Welcome to Spine-Health. You and I have some things in common.

    I'm a Bronco's fan, but I have a Steelers t-shirt to wear to support them for my best friend.

    I have a 6-month-old corgi puppy and he's the reason I have to get dressed in the morning - he MUST be walked by 8am or he cries and breaks my heart. I think I'd sit in my recliner a lot more if I didn't have him.

    Healthwise we're kind of alike as well, although a bit backwards. I've had cervical surgery (see my sig) and am now having L4/5 issues that are being worked on.

    I think you'll find out why you're here sooner rather than later because there's so many people who understand what you're going through and it feels good to know that. Everyone is very supportive and friendly and I hope you find continued help at Spine-Health.

    Some questions: What doctor are you seeing on the 15th? Is it your PCP or a surgeon or spine specialist?

    Please tell us more about you, and again welcome.
  • My main doctor is a Physiatrist. I trust him. He has been with me for a long time. He does a lot of work with chronic pain. I think I am getting good care. I am going to see a surgeon soon. I want to see if my neck can be fixed. The Physiatrist thinks it would involve fusing 3 vertebrae. I want to see what the neuro surg. says. I don’t think I would have much range if it was 3.

    I went thru a pain program in 97 it helped a lot. I wish they had a refresher course.

    My medical care is complicated due to the low back being a work injury and the neck being a car injury. Multiple insurers and lawyers etc.

    I have been on anti depressants before. I guess they helped but I did not like the flat feeling. No highs and no lows just flat.

    Thanks for listening. Thanks for the welcome.

  • Mike, Have you thought about talking to your doc about opiates? They will not harm your organs and give great pain relief for lots of folks. They may or may not beright for you but may be worth asking about. Good luck.
  • I take percocet. I am having stomach pain so I stopped taking the motrin. Ouch. That has flared things up.

    I am seeing the doctor tomorrow. I want to get a new MRI it has been 2 years. Something is different.

  • i have small broad central and rightward c3-4 disc protrusion, moderately compressing on the ventral spinal cord. also mild bilateral foraminal narrowing.
    broad spondolytic and unconvertebral spurring at c4-5.
    right paracentral osteophytic spurring at c4-5 mild compression on right ventral spinal cord.
    small focus of STIR hyperintense signal with the central spinal cord at this level may represent myelomalacia.
    degenerative disc disease and right paracentral osteophytic spurring compressing on the right ventral spinal cord.
    what should i do
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