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Hello from New Zealand

pfaiersppfaiers Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:51 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello, I have just come across this site and I am so glad I have found "a one-stop" source of information.
I have been diagnosed with significant narrowing of the L4/L5 disc space as well as L5/S1 disc space. There is also anular bulging at the L1/L2, L2/L3 and L3/L4levels and Spinal Stenosis. I have had this pain now for about 5 years. I have had 2 epidural cortisone injections. The first relieved my pain a little and for a short period of time, the second, did not work at all.

I have just had my 3rd MRI scan and I am awaiting results. I have no idea what my specialist will offer me. I am currently on M-Eslon (morphine sulphate) twice a day, Paracodeine 4 times a day and Amitripteline 50mg at night. The morphine worked for a couple of weeks and now my pain levels are back to square one.

Before my 3rd MRI my specialist wrote a letter to my GP stating that on reviewing my 2007 MRI (2nd MRI) he had found a HUGE (his words) disc prolapse that appeared to be overlooked (by another specialist) - hence the 3rd MRI recently.

I have reached the stage where it is very painful to walk, sit, stand and lie down. I feel like a little old lady and I am only 54. I was reasonably active and now I am so restricted in what I can do which frustrates the hell out of me. I haven't had the chance to read all of your stories, but I now know I have found a place where people are in the same boat as me who I can turn to for advice. I look forward to "meeting" you all and I am glad to be here amongst you. :)


  • Welcome to Spine-Health. You have indeed found a place for advice and information, with the added bonus of making friends and getting support along your journey.

    There are so many of us that know how you feel, I myself have cervical and lumbar problems and surgery on both. I also know the pain that stenosis brings and feel for you.

    It sounds like you've finally found a good spine specialist to help you find a plan of action. That's very important, as so many here can't find a diagnosis and thus no treatment plan.

    I'm sorry to hear about the problems your having and the limitions you're facing - we'll help you any time you need it or just offer you support.

    Take care and please keep us posted as you progress through your journey.

  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you and i are about the same age so i understand some of the problems that come with aging and pain...it can take alot out of you!!i do hope that this new MRI shows up something that will help the doctors give you some pain relief.. good luck to you! stop by the forum anytime! it is great to hear from you from New Zealand!!! Jenny :)
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