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Chronic pain

dper2000ddper2000 Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
I had a fusion L4-5 3 years ago. I never got better. The pain clinic did every injection possible and drugged me up but not enough to stay out of pain.

I recently decided to see my surgeon and my new MRI is not looking good. The L4-5 has a large amount of scar tissue surrounding the decending left nerve root and abutting the thecal sac.

The L1-2 L3-4, L5-s1 all are bulging and abutting the thecal sac and the L5-S1 has caused resection of the thecal sac.

I am not me anymore. I feel like a thief came into my house and stole my life. I woke up one day with a back ache and that was the end. I am 50 years old and went to college and dropped out of having a four year degree and all I need is one course. I miss me, I was always so lively and we wanted to head out every winter with our camper to warmth. I feel like I am stuck. I need to stay here for the treatment of my back. I am thinking of the surgery to get the scar tissue out and just having all the discs fused. My hubby did and had some pain and got the implant that stimulates the nerves. I am on depression meds I cannot do much because I fall down, I thought I broke my arm last night.

To come to this site is a chore I have lists in my brain of things to do and nothing gets done. I hope you do not mind the rambling, I am just in so much pain I cannot think straight. Thanks for being here so people like me can have hope.


  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    There are many, many here, just like you. So ramble away. We even have a member with the user name wrambler. (Good guy) Welcome to Spine Health. this is a good place for people like us to be.
    Good luck, Jim
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
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  • Hi Dper2000 - I know exactly where you are coming from as regards how it has kind of dragged you down. I too dropped out of a degree course (Law) with 2 modules to go - I never know if it's the meds or just the constant pain that pulls me down, but fighting that is as much a part as dealing with the actual pain I think - and I think thats not always recognised. You are not alone ! :)
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