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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:40 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
I am a 33 year old Fireman with three little ones. I have had back pain since 2004. It has really gotten worse the last 3 years. I have Deg. Disk Disease in my L4-L5 and worse in the L5-S1. They are also herniated. I have had a ton of epidurals, sometimes giving me a short period of relief. I had an Intradiscal that really made me feel better for six months, that was last year. Wow, those were the days. My surgeon does not want to give me another one due to Infection. I had a Discogram done and although he over pressurized the discs he could not reproduce my pain. He was puzzled at the results and decided I was not a canidate for disc surgery and the problem lies in my facet joints. Well two facet injections later, not quite. I have taken Lyrica, didn't help. I am again trying the Naprean and seeing a Rheumatologist, though it hopefully helps, my pain lies deeper than arthritis. I am now up to 6 30mg roxicodones a day, definetly not where I invisioned myself a year ago. My second opinion said that he can do the fusion but can't guarantee it will help me. Thanks alot. These surgeons I am seeing are the best in New Jersey, that is a fact. I am in so much pain and not only missing the best job in the world but missing out on doing anything with my children. I can't play with them, give them baths, and sometimes miss out on them growing up. Sorry so long, my first post.


  • So sorry to hear that so far you haven't got an answer as to why you are in so much pain. Have you seen someone who specializes in pain management? Did you hurt your back on the job? Sometimes W/C limits your choices in treatment, hope this is not the case for you.

    Best wishes,

  • Thank you for the reply Marianne. This forum or message board is already having a positive impact. I am sitting here in so much pain right now on a bag of corn. I didn't hurt my back on the job, which is good in a way. I have very good insurance, thank god, I am very fortunate in that way and my heart hurts for people who have to go through this without it.
    My pain Management doctor only perscibes me pain meds. My Orthopedic Surgeon who I really admire was puzzled by my discogram results and my pysiatrist has ruled out the facet joints. The worst pain I ever feel is after I cook and clean dishes, work in the kitchen. OMG!!

    Thank you everyone and anyone that takes the time to write to me.
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