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I thought I could leave all the back stuff but nope. NOT gonna happen

janetatumjjanetatum Posts: 28
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Chronic Pain
I thought I was going to be able to leave the back issues but that is not in the cards for me, it seems. Now with two bulging lumbar disks above my still perfectly cemented fusion I have an answer as to all the increased pain as of late. I have a new ortho, which so far is working much better. Hopefully there will be a new pain management place. That is a little complicated because my former employer changed all our insurance so I have to shop around for a pain program that is approved. Life must be a little bit better, because now there are some answers...or at least some directions. Hopefully all of my spiney friends are doing well in these hot summer days. That would be my wish for anyone reading this message.

Jane in TN


  • sorry to hear about your new pain i hope that you can get something top help you .good luck
  • Well at least you have an answer. Nothing worse than not knowing what was going on.
  • Missed you. Sorry to hear about your Lumbar discs causing pain. Good to hear your new Ortho Dr. is working with you. My best. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • None of us gets out of life alive...

    Funny, I was just thinking the same exact thought, that I was going to leave beat up me behind and move along. I was doing pretty good at it too. I had found what Ron likes to call the "blend". I felt decent, not great but decent. I was doing things I had not done in years and not paying any real price afterward.

    Then night before last it was like I was indeed in the "blend" or more appropriately, the "BLENDER!" and someone was hitting the chop, or pulse, or whatever the heck the violent button on a blender is called now!

    It started about 3:00 am, the same old pain, the hurt you can't sleep through, the miserable drive to work, the miserable day at work. Today is slightly better, but, it is disheartening, to think we have made it... Only to find out we have just gotten a little better, had a few good days.

    I'm not going to let this beat me. Not when summer is just starting, not when I only have 6 more work days in June and the rest is all comp time off!

    I'm not sure we can win the battle, but we can still fight the war! :? Did I get that backwards? L)

    We just have to find that line in the sand, the one we can't cross. For so many of us that is indeed the ultimate quest; finding that line, as it is an ever moving target. Some days we find we have already overstepped it before we ever got out of bed. Some days, the good days, it stays far to the front of us, letting us have room to breath, to pretend, just for a little while that all is well.

    Thank you Jane for the topic as I was trying to figure out how to say much the same thing myself.
  • Jane,

    Sometimes it takes so much time to get all the right doctors lined out and on the right path before you can see a light in the tunnel. But I think your headed down the right path. Hate to hear of the newly added lumbar issues but hang in there maybe they will have some positive answers for you soon. Take care.
  • I'm so sorry. I fear this more than anything. Every time I nearly fall, etc., I'm so thankful that I've avoided hurting myself again, but I often wonder when/if it will happen.

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
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