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chronicpain0630cchronicpain0630 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in New Member Introductions
Good morning. I had an anterior spinal fusion L-5/S-1 in April of 2004. I am in pain every day and it is wearing on me big time. I have tried many different physical therapists, chiropractors, aqua therapy, steroid injections. I am stiff and feel like I'm 80 years old, I am only 33! It hurts to sit on the floor and play with my kids, do laundry, virtually anything that consists of doing normal day to day activities. I am considering at this point trying Medical Marijuana, has anyone had pain relief from this? Or does anyone else have similar pain this long post op. I feel so restricted and realize I should be thankful that I can walk but I used to be a hardcore athlete and now I am limited big time. Any help would be appreciated.


  • I also am new here, and after reading your post, it sounds as though you had a BAD surgery. I too had a spinal fusion (the same area) 5 years ago and it worked wonders. I have new problems that I am here for. I would like to suggest you see a new neurosurgeon and get another opinion. Possibly getting a the roots of the nerves can help.
  • Dear Julie, hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i live in a state, California,where medical marijuana is legal and i use it regularly.. it helps me with pain, anxiety, sleep and nausua... i have been able to reduce my pain medication by a few doses by using marij.. and for an insomniac it has been a big help! i do hope this helps you a bit and if you have any questions, just pm me.. good luck! Jenny
  • Did the pain persist all along, or come back and how long after surgery? Sorry to hear of your troubles, and lack of help from surgery and meds. Good luck!
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