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donutmomddonutmom Posts: 9
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in New Member Introductions
I just turned 40 years old about three months ago. Not young but defenatly not old either. In October (2010) I slipped on some water in the laundry room at my work place. Since then, I have been in pain. X-Ray's and MRI determined that I have compression fractures in T6, T7, and T8. In February I had surgery done (Kyphoplasty) to correct the issue. Unfortunatly, the pain did not fully go away. The procedure did relieve some of the area but I still have pain that keeps me from performing simple every day taskes. I am not able to stand in one spot. I can only walk about 15/20 minutes and then my pain level hightens to the upbearable. I can not go on long distant drives. I can only sit for so long and must always go back and forth with laying down and sitting. I am unable to clean, cook, etc. Even taking a shower hurts me. I hate taking medication but pretty much live on pain killers now. On top of all that......my doctor informed me last week that he did not think anything else can be done for me and that I will have to deal with the pain for the rest of my life. I do not want to spend the rest of my life in pain like this. I don't know what to do at this point. The doctor has released me back to work and I know there is no way I will be able to do it. I am depressed all the time now and just feel like a burdon to my family. Any advice would be helpfull and please........if there is any good stories out there to give me hope, do tell them. I need something to get me through this.


  • i cant give you any good stories as many back issues are a life long issue .{you probably know that already} as for medication we all hate taking it but if it helps then you should take it .you could try a TENS as well as you made .a and little swimming ..if you feel up to it ...other than that all i can say is try to live your life as well as you can and rest as and when you need to ..they are many items to help with the resting bit of this like a good recliner and a good bed and specialized pillows like the tempur millennium queen {in large } is a fantastic pillow dont confuse with other memory foam pillows the millennium queen is a unique pillow and despite its shape i will fit in to a standard pillow slip {worth a look at one } .pain is awful and accepting you have a permanent problem is even harder i wish you well and hope that you will get better
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • I can't believe your Dr. wants you to go back to work when you can hardly walk long. If it's the Surgeon I would ask your Primary Dr. to help you or get a second opinion. You could make yourself returning to work when you're not ready yet. Have you had Physiotherapy yet? Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I have done Physical Therapy and it did not make it any better. As for being sent back to work. My job was already informed of the release and has sent me a certified letter to show for work on Tuesday at 9:00 am. Don't know what I am going to do at this point. We can't afford for me not to work, but there is no way I can do it without hurting myself to the point of tears. My employer has completely tried to screw me over and would love the chance to do it some more.
  • I can certainly understand your feelings, physically,mentally, and emotionally, as a lot of us on here can attest to. Mine is not a success story, but I just wanted to give you a holler and tell you that you are not alone, and there is a LOT of wonderful understanding people on this site who can maybe give you answers, and/or just listen when you need a shoulder to lean on.
    When I initially started my "back journey" I thought, "Ok, I'll get this took care of just like anything else, and get better and get back to work, and continue on with my life." Boy was I wrong :o My problem was an L5-S1 collapsed disc, so had surgery, which involved doing a fusion. I do believe the initial surgery would have been a success, but complications followed, and to make a LONG story short, I ended up having to file for Social Security Disability, and just had my hearing with a judge, and now am waiting for an answer from the judge.
    I completely understand the work situation, as I had to deal with all of that too. I can hope and pray, that you find some answers to your questions, and just know that, somehow, someway, you will make it thru this.
  • 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 a complete success.. that must be very disappointing for you!! i can understand why you feel so down and depressed with chronic pain issues every day!! try and rest and take care of yourself in a mental and spiritual way as well.. perhaps being around others who feel as you do will make you feel alittle better.. please make yourself at home and stop by anytime!! there are always spineys around! good luck with your pain problems!! i do hope you find some relief soon! i often use music as a way to take away pain and relax! it is a great pain reliever!! Jenny :)
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