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New frustrated and looking for a way out...or just some advice.

jberrethjjberreth Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:51 AM in New Member Introductions
Wanted to introduce myself...I am Jim, I am 29 and I am a chronic back pain sufferer.
I have had major to moderate pain for 8 years. Initially, I went to a chiro for my pain and that seemed to help until about 3 years ago. Since that time I have tried just about everything. From steroid injections, PT, every med you can think of (ie. prednisone, EVERY nsaid, a few narcotics, muscle relaxers, so on and so forth) more chiro, massage and a few things I probably forgot, I have done everything my doctors can think of. Last summer I went ahead and saw a orthopedic surgeon. He sent me to have a discogram. The results were conclusive and I was scheduled to have the surgery on 6/09/2010. I came through the surgery fine but to date I am still in more pain than I was previous to the surgery. I started PT, yet again about a month in a half ago and have yet to see any signs of improvement. Last week I had another MRI done and the findings showed a disc protrusion at L4/L5 and at L3/L4 along with spinal stenosis at the same area. I was diagnosed and this MRI reconfirmed that I have DDD at L5, L4 and L3. Daily I am in a large amount of pain ranging from a 3-4 in the am to a 7-8 in the pm. Just as a side note, I have also had two kidney stones...those were a 10 on the pain scale and my back surgery was a 9 just to give you an idea of how my pain scale works.
So, here I am, day in and day out in chronic pain. I feel as though I have done everything my doctors have suggested and yet I can get no relief. The meds I am currently taking are; oxycontin 20mg 1x/day, advil 800 mg as needed, and a couple more for unrelated issues. The oxycontin I am on is a minimal does and I feel as though my doctor won't up the dosage because he feels that my "condition" doesn't warrant it or because I am almost 9 months removed from my surgery my condition should have improved. And I agree, yet it hasn't! On top of the pain in my back I have radiating pain into both legs with numbness and tingling in both feet.
I used to be a very good athlete but now due to the pain I am limited on what I can do. Rarely can I pick my kids up and most of the time any rigirous work that needs to be done around the house needs to be done by my wife or a friend.
This whole thing has gotten out of control and taken a lot away from me and my life! It needs to stop and I need help figuring out how.


  • Additionaly, the surgery I had was a fusion at L5/S1.
  • Dam sorry to here what your going through.
    I can totally relate, I had L4-5 S-1 fused back in 2003. Now I'm not try'in to scare ya or anything.
    But 90% of the people that go through these fusions feel the same way. Your life will never be the same.
    It sucks big time but it's the truth.
    Do you have a pain management Dr or does your Ortho write up your med's ?
    If it's your Ortho still............ ask him about seeing a pain management Dr...they know way more about dosing and are normally more willing to adjust your med's until they find what works best for ya.
    9 Months is not enough time to heal for a lot of people.......hell it took my fusion 14 months to take hold.......... and then I still hurt like hell .
    It sucks to say but I still can't do anything active and it flat out sucks !
    Lots of really cool people around here, I wish you well. I hope you find some answers.
    Break'ah leg.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry your surgery was not successful and you are still in alot of pain.. you must be more than disappointed about that! you have come to a great place to make new friends and being around others who feel as you do may make you feel alittle better!! have a good look around and make yourself at home. good luck to you. Jenny :)
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