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New here back & neck pain upcoming surgery

SplendagrrlSSplendagrrl Posts: 108
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello I am new to this forum and wanted to introduce myself and say hello! I am 43 years old, had 4 children which are all grown and now have my first grandchild. At 16 was told by a chiropracter that I had the worst back she had seen for someone my age. So have had some kind of problem for years from scoliosis, car accidents, playing softball, having children etc.. But I have been fighting chronic back and neck pain for 4 years. I was online searching for some support and found this forum. It's hard to constantly talk to people about my issues who do not understand what I am going through.

I had a neck herniation and had surgery on it about a year and a half ago. It was somewhat successful. Probably about 70 % But lately it seems to be hurting alot again. The surgery took away my arm pain and stopped my neck from getting stuck all the time but I still have pain with activity.

My main issue right now is severe lumbar back pain. I have done everything possible it seems for the last 3 years and now my neurologist is suggesting lumbar fusion. I do not know yet if it is going to be one or two levels. I have DDD and 2 disk protrusions at l5 and S1. Plus bad right leg
pain which started about a year ago. I cannot walk for 30 minutes when I
start limping and my leg starts buckling on me. I cannot work and just
stay at home. Lately have been very depressed from all the pain, I can
barely function. I am on pain medication all day everyday. When I do any extra activities I pay severly for it for days.

Now after so many years of being on pain medication my mind plays tricks on me. I start wondering if I really need the medicine or if the medicine is making me in pain etc.. Then I try not to take it and I am in such pain I have to take it. I also started thinking maybe I can exercise my way out of this. So started working out while taking pain medicine and after a morning work out I can't move for the rest of the day. It's crazy first you are in pain and start taking pain pills to make it through Dailey life, then after a long time start questioning yourself. does anyone else go through these crazy thoughts?.

Right now I am having a very hard time sleeping, yesterday the pain started in my other hip and leg. So I sleep for two hours on one side then turn and sleep two hours on the other and in-between I have to get up an walk around for a minute. It's getting too much to take.

After all this time of looking for a solution and surgery is suggested now I am questing myself on that too? Anyway sorry to go on so, I look forward to meeting everyone and talking to others going through similar problems.


  • Welcome to Spine-Health. You've indeed found a great place for support and we can all understand the need to talk to people who understand - non-spiney's just don't and we can't really expect them to.

    It's early and I can't post much, but wanted to say Hi before I go to work. I'll be on a lot tomorrow and will post more.

    In the meantime, I'm sure many will welcome you and offer advice if there's any to give.

    Again welcome - make yourself at home here.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry to hear you are starting to suffer from back pain and other pains since your last surgery... this must be very dissapointing! surgery is a very personal decision and one i would always get a second opinion about.. the more confirmation the better! please have a good look around and make yourself at home! you will find us really easy to get along with and someone is always around to chat with! stop by anytime! Jenny :)
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