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Hi, sadly, I am back!

jaggedlinejjaggedline Posts: 9
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:45 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi everyone,

My name is Jenn, I have had a PLIF to correct a spondy (grade 4 @ 98%) in December of 2007.

I have toughed through all of the rehabilitation, relearning to walk with nerve damage and had slowly battled my way back to fulltime employment.

My nerve pain has returned to an unbearable level recently. I have changed medical insurance and have begun explaining my medical history to the new care provider and jumping through the hoops with Kaiser to receive treatment. All the while looking like a healthy 24 year old girl, battling preconceptions. Quite frustrating.

I am scheduled for cortisone injections this Wednesday, to hopefully help bring things back to a bearable level. I want to keep working, and finish my education and am scared of reverting back to feeling utterly useless.

Just looking for an outlet, because I feel like I have been talking about my health problems for nearly 3 years, and even I am sick of it cnsuming my conversations. I can only imagine how those around me feel.
27 Year Old, suffering with several spinal conditions since 2007...

Spondylolisthesis grade 4, PLIF 2007 corrected to grade 2,
Nerve Damage and all of the fun that comes along with it.


  • I am so very sorry you have to go threw this. I know how you feel when you talked about talking about your health issues for years. I am in that boat.

    I am sending you good luck wishes and hope it all gets better with the injections.

    If you want you can PM me. I have a long story but, I just want to make sure you are aware of rhizotomy I just had 3 levels done both sides and need to go back for the S1 \

    Only a nuro surgon can do this. The PM Dr's do not know how nor would I every even think of this. I had the injections the nerve burns from the PM and nothing worked. The rhizotomy is where the nuro Surgon makes a small cut on your back and goes in with a scope to really see the nerves and will cut the nerve that is the problem. The RF nerve burn done my PM Dr's they cant see the nerves they are just hoping they are in the spot their suppose to be.

    You are so young it has to be even tougher. I just turned 50 and have been dealing with all this bad for almost 10 years never wanting surgery and now I am to the point of whatever it takes just get me out of pain.

    Hang Tough!!! I will be thinking of you and hope all works out. Its a good place to vent.
  • Hi Jenn,

    Sorry you had to come back. I understand how you feel. I am 35 and have been dealing with back surgeries etc since I was 17. It is so difficult for some to wrap theirs minds around all the back issues in people so young. I often think of how my back consumes lots of conversations. I have awesome friends who are really supportive but sometimes I still wonder what they really think. I try not to be a complete downer all the time. Vent away I love this website it helps to get things out. Hang in there and I hope the injections work for you.

  • It's so typical you ask people how their doing....In my case I really don't want to tell the truth so I skirt around it. "Hanging in there",is my candid answer. If I didn't say just that boy they could get an earful...
  • Welcome back, but I'm so sorry that you are dealing with nerve pain again. I really hope that you get some relief from the injections tomorrow.

    I definately know how our conversation seems to be dominated by our back issues. I sometimes decide that I am definately not going to talk about mine. Then I'm asked how I am and how things are going; straight back into it. I feel that people do get fed up with it. I)

    We are here for you Jenn. We know and understand that you need to vent and talk about this big issue in your life. Use us as an outlet for expressing how you are feeling and coping. :H
  • hi and welcome back to the forum! :H we are still here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. sorry to hear this is could be another surgery for you.. i do hope you are able to avoid that! of course you know your way around so make yourself at home, and stop by anytime... good luck to you! Jenny :)
  • Hi Guys.

    Thank you so much for the responses! Yesterday was the procedure and I am a stiff lil' robot today. This is producing gnawing pain in my inner thighs and has worsened the stabbing pain in my butt! haha.

    I just emailed my doctor to ask if there is anything I can do to relieve the increased pain from the procedure, and am waiting to see if she offers me another anti-inflamatory or what?

    I do not want to be on opoid pain killers again, but would like to have some on hand for break through pain, and do not know how to go about asking for them.

    Any advice?
    27 Year Old, suffering with several spinal conditions since 2007...

    Spondylolisthesis grade 4, PLIF 2007 corrected to grade 2,
    Nerve Damage and all of the fun that comes along with it.
  • Please tell us a little more about yourself. I gather you had a fusion to correct the spondylolisthesis. Was it more than one level? Did you have a cage and/or rods and screws?

    Have you had an opportunity to see a new spine specialist regarding your nerve pain? I'm wondering if you have some instability in your spine that allows it to move just enough that you are having some nerve compression. I recently went through a similar situation, and I only had a spondy on the boderline between grade I and II. I cannot imagine a grade 4!

    I just saw your posts, so am responding a bit late. Are you still in pain from the injection? Even though ICE is only supposed to be helpful for the first 24-48 hours, I sometimes find it helpful long after that timeframe.

    How are you feeling by now?
  • Sorry you are back but glad you know that we are all here for you to vent too.

  • Sorry you're in sooooo much pain again.

    Hope the injection works soon (mine never worked straight away).

    Sending you hugs.


    XLIF L2-4 20.8.15
    ALIF L4/5 2009
    Laminectomy/discectomy L4/5 2008
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