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What should I do?

merullo15mmerullo15 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Being an active 17 year old male, spinal complications have ruined my life. I initially herniated my L3/L4 disc 2 years ago in a weight lifting accident, more than 500 pounds torqued my back out which since has provided a plethora of pain. I ignored the pain (stupidly, I know) because I wanted to continue to play rugby. Eventually, my condition had degraded to the point where I could no longer urinate, nor bend more than 5-10 degrees. An MRI ordered by my doctor showed that in addition to my herniated L3/L4 disc, I had herniated my L4/L5 disc and had a bulging disc at L1/L2 and L2/L3.
3 months ago I had my first surgery, a micro-discectomy and laminectomy on my L3/L4 level. No pain relief has come since than, and other neuropathic pain has presented itself that was not affecting me before.
Pain has grabbed me firmly by my balls, and my life has been severely compromised. Numerous pain specialists have prescribed me; 20mg oxycodone, 5mg percocets, Tylenol 3, 50 mg Ultram (tramadol), 10mg flexeril, 2 mg tizanidide...in no particular order. None have given me any relief other than the strong dosage of oxy, which was only given directly after the surgery. I am 265 pounds, 6'1" and the dosing of some of the medications given to me seem questionable as to the appropriateness for my size. I have also received a cortisone shot, which did absolutely nothing.
I have also been dealing with numbness, weakness and tingling in my feet, calves, and thighs. To address this, doctors have given me 300mg x3 a day of neurontin, which has aided in the reduction of those symptoms. The weakness in my legs is so significant, it has forced me to the confines of a wheelchair as i can no longer walk without falling every other step.
A new problem aroused the other day. While waiting in the hospital for a flow rate study, I became stricken with tremors. I was quickly whisked away to the emergency room where i was administered 4mg of lorazepam. This stopped the tremors after awhile, however no doctor could come to a conclusion as to why they started.
At this point I am at a loss for what to do. Should I push for other studies to be done to find out why everything is going wrong? Should I ask for stronger painkillers? Should I pursue alternative therapy? Any support is greatly
appreciated!! :)


  • Welcome to the site. I hope you are able to find some answers and relief soon. I think you should try to find out what is going on, and what you can do to alleviate it. Do the best you can at finding the best specialists.

    There are people of all ages on this site and willing to share their experiences, and if you look through the site you will find information about the spine and spine issues which can help.

    Take care.
    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • HI,
    Yikes, you do have some problems there, and I would suggest pursuing finding out what is going on. My youngest son was into power lifting, and finally stopped when a friend got hurt. That's alot of weight to lift, and he was carrying way to much weight in the chest area..not good for his heart. He still works out, and is about your size...maybe a little taller...
    You need to find out what is happening and why... talk with your dr. and if he doesn't know, find another! You are way too young to spend your life on painkillers so you need to advocate for yourself and get more info.. Coming to SpineHealth was a good idea, cause folks here have all sorts of issues, but we are a friendly group and you can even whine a bit if it helps the tension...Try to relax, and make a plan of action to continue to look for help regarding your problems.
    I wish you the best! Let us know how you're doing!
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