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Hi I am new.. I am so overwhelmed... :(

NinababyNNinababy Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi, I am Nina and I have had 4 back surgeries. Three lower one upper. I am in constant pain... from my hip to my ankle
I work full time in a sitting job.. and I can't retire or afford to go on disability. My boss is very unsympathic and I worry about losing my job if I ask for yet "another" medical leave. I just took 2 weeks off to have Lap band done thinking that if I drop 50 pounds maybe I will have less pain. I have been on steroids, I get injections. I am currently on Neurontion 900 mg a day.. and still.. ouch!
My surgeon said that I would have to get Fusion on L4/5 to get out of this pain..I have a ruptured disk at that level.. But I just can't face one more surgery.. and who knows if I will still have pain... the last one did not work... I am beside myself...
I used to take NSAids for the pain and they really helped.... but with stomach surgery I can't take them any more
It is a scary world for me. Only those of you with this hell in your life can relate... I just need to be able to come up with some kind of plan to get me through.
Thanks for listening... God Bless you all... Nina


  • hi nina
    Welcome to spine health......
    you have had very hard time of things..sounds like alot of pain..
    Which of your levels and what did you have done?
    Have you had diff docs opinion?
    I hope you can get some relief soon,if you can walks and keep moving if you can..
    Not sure since you had stomach surgery what you can or can't do you should consult you doctor..
    which one of you surgeries did not work??
    pls do anything you can to get another opinion to avoid surgery
    take care
    keep searching and reading here
    alot of great ppl and support
    neck,bone spurs pain started 04, back issues and fusion l4,l5 06~hardware removed.
    good few yrs. 09 pain sharp, numbness feet,legs, diagnosed fibro, neurop. legs.lung issues.
    daily goal do good thing for someone.
  • I had 2 L 3/4 one L4/5 yes maybe I should have another doctor check it out. I did not do that. Just frustrating. Thanks for the good words. Somedays are worse and I guess I am having a difficult one.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. so glad you stopped by. it sounds like you are facing quite a few problems. i am sorry you are in constant pain with no relief..what meds have you tried? they can make a big difference in our dalily lives.. if you have not seen a pain medication specialist, perhaps it is time to see one??? good luck to you and please stop by anytime! Jenny :)
  • you must be made of strong stuff working with all your pain and health problems .remember you only have one life and even tho you say you can't go on to sick pay maybe you should ..as your health is suffering by the sound of things ..it sound like you are not on any serious pain killers .most of what you are taking won't help with your weight .like lyrica and anti inflammatory maybe you need some narcotics to help with pain ?? maybe a trip to your doctor and a re think of you drugs may help you .take care of yourself
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