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Hi all In need of support from fellow pain sufferers

TayMomTTayMom Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in New Member Introductions
44 yr. old female with disc herniation at L 3/4 and L 4/5 moderate bulge at L/5 S/1. Have constant leg pain intermittent back pain. Current medication Muscle Relaxer, Tramadol, Meloxicam, Lyrica. MRI x 2, Discogram/CT, Auqua therapy x4 weeks, decompression machine x4 weeks, starting core exercises. Follow-up with Spine Surgeon next week. Progress is not what I had hoped. Neurosurgeon recommened lateral fusion months ago referred to current doctor who performs that type of procedure, however, recommended conservative treatment first. Contested work comp as had a previous bulge only in 2007. Denied disability through work. No TTD benefits. At wits end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Ready to just give up!!!!!!!!!!!Anyone with any words of encouragement would be appreciated. Thank you...


  • You are at the beginning of a process, one toward healing or at least reducing pain. It can get better and your benfits will come. Denial of intial application for benefits is not unusual, is standard procedure. Keep fighting and appealing. If conservative remedies don't work you can always take the next step. Keep the faith and hang on for the ride called your life.
    AL S
  • Hi Taymom, I'm new here too,33 yr old female, looking for fellow sufferers. I have a completely fractured and deformed L5,DDD above and below L5. Nerve compression causing all kinds of pain and problems down my right leg.And the onset of arthritis in that general area.On a scale of 1-10 (10 being worst) I am a daily 11, and thats on strong pain medication. I am seeing a spinal specialist in a weeks time. Dont give up on the benefits. I'm in the middle of an appeal on mine, and still waiting to hear from them :( I am in the UK,and check in daily so if you ever fancy a chat or message me I'm here :)
  • Hello and welcome :)))
    I totally get where you're coming from when you say you're at your wit's end. I'd given up on recovery, resigned myself to a life of pain and misery. Then I decided to quit ignoring and take my neighbour's advice and drive 1 1/2 hours to a neighbouring state to see her son (who's a rheumatologist) as his patient. I know him personally and felt uncomfortable about doing so, but I thought this would be my last try - if someone I knew personally and knew my background couldn't help me, then no one would. He referred me to my current pain doctor who has lifted me out of despair and into a functional life. So don't give up. A breakthrough could be right around the corner.

    I know it's painful, and feels frustrating starting with the conservative approach, because you just want to get the pain over with as quickly as possible. But be glad you have a doctor who doesn't rush to the knife if another option is available. I was enraged when the neurosurgeon wouldn't operate on me, given I have several problems that when asked, he said he could fix. But he said radical surgery was not my best option. I wanted to hurt him. But as I said, I eventually found my way to my current doc who put me on appropriate meds and had a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) implanted. So work with your doc and explore the options before going with something as major as fusion. And if the conservative approach fails, then have the surgery knowing you worked your best and this is where it's led you.

    Good luck to you, and best wishes for healing! B)
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you are on a long journey and must be prepared for lots of ups and downs.. hang around the forum for awhile and see if that doesn't change your perspective any.. i bet you will feel better!! it is a good idea to try as many conservative treatments as possible as one of them might really help.. this would avoid surgery! please keep an open mind and i hope you find some real pain relief soon!! good luck! stop by anytime! Jenny :)
  • You have come to the right place. Lots of people who have been thru almost anything imaginable in the pain dept. Keep up your WC fight. Sometimes it takes a long time and a good WC lawyer (one who will only charge you if you win!!) Let us know what you hear from the surgeon.


    Spinal stenosis, spondolysis, spondolythesis, L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion with instrumentation and bone graft from hip, L1/S1 fusion with replacement disc put in and a nice bolt from my spine to my pelvis; PT, accupuncture, prolotherapy, many cortisone injections, 4 rhizotomies. Currently on tramadol.
    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
  • Thank you for all your nice words of encouragement. Knowing I have a place to come to with people who are experiencing the same types of problems gives me hope and lets me know I am not alone. Thanks for the warm welcome and I look forward to hearing from my fellow spine survivors!!!!
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    Sorry for all the pain and procedures you are enduring. I know my treatments are always like trial
    and error and I am not known for having a lot of patience. :)
    But I am getting more used to it and not expecting as much from myself as before. That said...I still struggle..but with experience I've learned to trust it won't last forever.
    But while I'm in the bad time..the pain-depression cycle of mine... it's maddening and lonely and if I think there is light at the end of the tunnel, I assume it's a train. :)
    Re' the disability..well I'm in the states...not sure where you are...but the Disability attorneys are great.. and you don't pay anything.
    If you get turned down with an attorney..you pay him nothing and he will still gives you advice and sticks with you re' reappling.
    It is truly a win-win situation for both. I saw an attorney within the week I finally quit work and I rec'd benefits with in 6 months.
    So I know the relief I felt at having some financial assist...and I know that worrying about money doesn't help pain or depression. Taking care of myself is a full time job. It sounds like it's that way for you, too.
    It is nice to have met you! Best of luck in all you do and keep in touch! :)
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  • I understand how u are feeling....with the pain,the frustration because it feels like it's going nowhere.There is always a light at the end of the tunnel.The pain is the hard part.I had rods&screws in my neck..I am facing my 3rd back surgery in a year&a half..All the medical problems u hav4,I hav too..U r lucky because U have all the devices that will help your back/body heal..There wil always b a small amount of pain,& it does seem to travel&cause problems in othr parts of the body.....U Have to Keep a Positive Attitude on a daily basis..I hav always held that kind of attitude...my exs husband use to tell me I walked around w a feathr up my a** :))( ... because I nevr let the stress& the pain take me over...I still feel that way...U can get thru all this.. Ur comp will get settled..they always want to take forever,but it will go your way...Just keep on smiling,& u will get thru it.....with all my pain,& surgeries,& another in 2mor months..I keep a positive attitude.It's all good!!!! :)))
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