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Hi- my name is John and Ive had chronic pain for 5 years

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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in New Member Introductions

Its nice to be connected with others who are going through similar things! Im a 41 year old psychologist who started having severe headaches in 1994-5, then in 1997 my right leg went numb and Ive had daily, chronic l4-l5 pain (I hit 8 on my pain scale several times a day0. Despite XLIF minimally invasive fusion and positive discogram, the 6 surgeons I consulted state that theres "nothing they can fix". pain management is getting very old. Any support/ideas would be great!


  • Hi John!Could you explain a bit more about the surgeons saying there is nothing they can do? After the fusion has failed? Or what?Glad you found us!Jeannie
  • Thank you so much- i just wrote a long message and it got lost- now the pains up again, so i must be brief--thanks in advance for any feedback, support you may have. MRIs dont show any significant abnormailty now ("everythings in place and hardware looks good")-- they say that going in would be just more detrimental. They recommend just pain management and spinal stim (my concern is that it wouldnt work much better than my personal TENS and may mask problems which would make my situation worse...also, id love yto have input on how to address people who constantly ask for "updates" and also dont want to hear any bad news?
    this sucks
    thanks again for your ear

  • Hi John,

    First let me say welcome to spine-health. Have a look around and you will find many going through or whom have gone through what you are. The biggest part of dealing with chronic pain is excepting it as part of the new you. I find that the most difficult process of all. In your situation where the stimulator may be of some value, you may find our spinal cord stimulator forum very valuable to yourself. Also check out the forum on low back pain as there maybe something in that section you haven't tried. Also have they tried to block out your hardware with injection to see if it could be the source of your pain? What types of meds do you currently take? When was your last set of films? What type of doctor are you under the care of now?

    Anyway just thought I would stop by and welcome you to spine-health. Take care and look forward to reading more of your post.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i so hope finding like minded individuals, suffering as you are, will open up a new window for you, new friends and lots of information.. :D i am sorry to read that you are in pain daily. a good regiment of pain medications can often make a big difference. if you aren't using any, perhaps talking to your doctor would be of benefit. :-C good luck and stop by anytime. Jenny :)
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