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LexigirlLLexigirl Posts: 27
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Chronic Pain
I am new to this forum, and have spent a few days looking around. This looks like just what I need right now; I'm really struggling with my chronic back pain. I can't do the things I want and need to do, like housework, physical activities with my family, and my job (I'm a writer, and sitting at the computer for long makes me hurt), and If I overdo (which doesn't take much), I end up hurting even more for days. I am so tired of this!

As you can see from my signature, I have some back issues, which were actually made worse by my foraminotomy/discetomy in 9/08. I am in almost constant pain, and it's really getting me down. I have an appt. with a pain management doctor next week, so will see what he has to say. I need help right now. I may be looking at a fusion, but my symptoms don't match the results of my MRI, and they are not sure where my pain generators are. So no surgery yet. Although the thought of a fusion strikes terror in my heart. My recovery from my surgery in 08 was really rough; I'm sure the recovery from a fusion would be much worse.

I try to avoid much prescription pain medication, but do take a total of about 2-3 Vicodin a week, and 1 or 2 Flexeril a week when the pain just gets to be too much and I need a break. I am so afraid of addiction, I'm a real Nazi when it comes to allowing myself much medication. I also have to take hydroxizine with my pain meds so I won't get nausea and vomiting, so I worry about that, too. I may have to come to a point where I allow myself more meds just to get through. Aaaaargh! Frustrating. I'm singing to the choir, aren't I?

Anyway, glad to meet you all. Sorry if I rambled on. I've been dealing with this for a while, and needed to vent. I'm only 48, and I feel 90 sometimes!



  • believe it or not i will trade anything to feel 90. at times i feel like the worlds oldest person. so welcome to a warm group of people in pain. we are all here looking for others we can share our experiences with. i have made many friends here and i have learned a lot about possible solutions to my spine issues. you mentioned having trouble sitting. i get some relief in a kneeling chair. i also switch back and forth from one chair to another. i'm like you on the desire to keep pain meds to a minimum as i find they cause depression for me and i'd rather have pain than be depressed.
    so vent all you want...it can feel good and we at least will listen... >:D< >:D< >:D<
  • :H Ditto everything Pete said above but I would like to add one thing. We've had many discussions on the forum about pain killers and addiction. I think the consensus is that the pain killers are necessary for many of us to function at a somewhat normal level. No one is taking pain killers to get high -- we take them to get a feeling of normalcy. Dependency is unique to each person but personally I haven't had any trouble stopping narcotics when I didn't need them for pain. I don't really care for how they make me feel but it's better than being in pain.

    For all or most of us on this site, managing pain is a necessity and to not take medication prescribed by your physician to make you more comfortable because of the "stigma" the non-pain world wants to confer on us -- well, I think we all reach our own personal decisions about this at some point in our journey managing pain.

    Facing more surgery is certainly nerve wracking but you've come to a great place to let your nerves unravel (LOL!).

    Take care and hope to hear from you again,

  • I am sorry you are in the spot I have been in for three years. If your MRI and pain dont match, have they considered a discogram? They couldnt find anything wrong on every test they threw at me. I had them all. Then I had a spine clinic tell me I needed a discogram because little tears in discs dont always show up. I had it and low and behold there were three torn discs that didnt show up anywhere. So maybe this is something to consider. I thought I was going nuts cause they couldnt find it for 2 1/2 years. But the pain was very real. Just a little tip, hope it helps. If not, I will always be here for you to talk to when you need it. Good luck and Welcome!
  • And i wish you the best. I myself am struggling with unspecified pain and seeming to have little to no options to turn to. I am in the er every week or so when the pain spikes out of control and i know the weight of those doctors eyes when they ask what works and what meds you are on. But as long as you know you are taking them for the pain and no other reason then that is all you have to prove to anyone. I hope things work out with the pain specialist.

  • to adjust your thinking. The only people that become addicted to the drugs are the ones that like the feeling that you get from them. Folks like us may become dependent on them for pain relief but it is a much better alternative than going through life in constant pain. You are the only one that can make the personal decision for fusion but since your first surgery was failed you must realize the odds of another failed surgery. If it brings more pain it can't be reversed as you well know. I am 47 years old and do depend on my pain medication but it does allow me some quality of life. Good luck and please keep us posted.
  • Oh my gosh!! The welcome I have received here is awesome! It is so nice to talk with those who understand what I'm going through. The pain just takes over your life. I'm trying to not let it, but when it's there, it's there, and it's hard not to think about it and let it rule everything you do.

    I hope I didn't make it sound like all people who take pain meds are addicts. I don't think that at all, and am sorry if I gave that impression. I went through an experience recently where someone I trusted in my home stole pain meds from me, and one of my friends, too, because she was addicted. To better understand what she was going through, and why she would steal from me, I checked out a prescription medication addiction forum. OMG! It scared the holy heck out of me. But I think I need to forget all that and think of what improves my quality of life while dealing with my pain. I think I do need to adjust my thinking on the meds a bit; I do feel better when I take them, like I can forget about hurting for a while and just live my life, and that's worth a lot. Thanks for the perspective, guys.

    Again, thank you all for your welcome. I will let you all know how the appt. with the pain management doctor on Wednesday goes.
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