Hello Everyone, I'm Karen from Scotland. I'm 50 (how did that happen :''( ??) a mum with grown up kids and I have suffered from chronic back pain since 2005.
I was diagnosed by MRI in 2006 as having Isthmic Spondylolisthesis ( I can't pronounce it either :? )where two of my vertebrae slipped forward onto the ones below.This was because of a fracture in a piece of bone that connects joints on the back of the spine. The fracture is caused by stress to the bone. My surgeon thought I probably had it since I was a child of around 7 /8 but it never showed any major symptoms until I was older. I did have bad back pain on and off as a teenager but it was never investigated as it didn't last for long periods at a time. How different that all became in 2005!!
I was in horrendous pain for months while my pain relief was gradually increased. In 2006 I was advised to have spinal fusion surgery to stabilise my spine and help to relieve the constant pain in my back and legs. I had that done and unfortunately it was only slightly helpful. I have titanium screws in my back and I had to have a bone graft taken from my pelvis as well. I am now in horrendous pain again. Unfortunately the surgery never really helped my pain it just made my spine safer. I have also put on 6 stones in weight since 2005 due to poor mobility which makes me very fed up at times.It also creates a catch-22 situation where my weight gain is now causing its own problems.
I am on 200mg of Oxycontin a day plus 10mg of oxynorm as required :OO . It just eases the pain. It doesn't remove it. I have just been at my first appointment at the pain clinic for my chronic pain problems. I have been started on Pregabilin which is a nerve type drug which can help apparently but I was told it is a bit of trial and error as it has lots of side effects :S . So far I have not noticed any reduction in my pain levels but I am gradually building this up so I have to give it more time.
Basically I just want my life back :< . I am so limited in what I can now do physically it is soul-destroying.
I am desperate to hear if anyone had the same problems with weight gain and if they managed to lose it. Also has anyone tried Pregabilin for chronic pain? I look forward to sharing on the forum where there is mutual understanding of the problems people with back problems/pain face.
Thanks for listening
, Karen :H