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melcalimmelcali Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in New Member Introductions
Melissa here, 2 years dealing with cervical, thoracic, and lumbar herniations. The worst are in my thoracic spine and worsening. I am 36 years old and have basically been told youre gonna have pain the rest of your life and to deal with it. I was a registered nurse and worked in a crazy ED when this all came about, i would like to know if anyone can provide any help with some things i can do. Im at a standstill and dont know what to do. I cannot do ADLS or any play activities with my children due to the pain and wow the depression. I just changed family doctors and hope for insight from him. I also have spondolythesis, numbness in my right and left arms also in my legs. Recently started having electric shock feelings in my mid back, have know idea what that is! I take hydrocodone 5mg every 6 hrs, ultram 50mg every 6 hrs, valium 5mg every 8 hrs for my back.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    Hi Melissa

    Welcome to Spine-Health I am sorry to hear the pain your experiencing, you have come to the right place for support, and plenty of information that maybe helpful in dealing with it.

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Welcome to Spine Health Melcali. I am a "triple crowner". I have had Lumbar Fusion, Cervical Fusion and it appears that Thoracic Fusion is on it's way in the future.

    First off I am sorry that you are suffering. It really is aweful. I didn't have all of my pain at once. I started with lumbar issues. Then the cervical. A MVA caused my new Thoracic problems.

    Second. How many doctors have you seen? Most are not comfortable getting into the Thoracic area. It is very uncommon but not unheard of. I would get at least 3 opinions from Neuro Surgeons who regularly perform Thoracic surgery. If they all say NO. Then I would see about getting a SCS or pain pump.

    Usually the Spine surgeons want to go to the worst place first when they are looking at surgery. If your cervical is worse they will want to fix that first. Does that make sense? A lot of pain can be refferred and because of this they will try to repair the most obvious problem.

    Have you started on ESI's to pin point the pain generators? Are you working with a Pain Management doctor? It looks like you are taking a fair amount of meds, but there could be better options for you. My PM does everything (meds and treatments).

    Feel Better,

  • I am sorry about your pain. There is a lot of people here that can help you. This is a great place to be! :)
  • and welcome to spine health. Sorry that you are dealing with pain at all three levels.

    Have you been to see a fellowship trained orthopedic or neurosurgeon? Had multiple opinions?

    I was also in nursing before my lumbar injury, hard to go from helping others with their adls to having trouble with your own.Have you tried any treatment such as ESI's, physio, tens, cold/ heat?

    Do you see your new family doctor soon? Hope that he is able to help you to set up appointments with specialists, treatment etc. If you are feeling depressed, he could help with that as well. Look forward to getting to know you better.

    >:D< Karen

    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. so glad you are here!! perhaps it is time to consider a pain specialist as a doctor to see.. they have many conservative treatments that may be of benefit to you as mentioned before. if surgery is not the answer for you, it is time to consider many of these options.. good luck as you search them out! stop by anytime! there is always someone home! Jenny :)
  • Hi Melissa,

    So sorry to hear about the pain you have been having. There are so many knowledgeable people here that I have hope you can gain valuable insight and maybe help for how to relieve the pain.

    Best of luck to you.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    ...for all the pain and changes in your life that you are experiencing.
    You mentioned your children.... and also depression.
    Depression with the strain of relentless pain is not uncommon..and hopefully you are getting treatment for that, also.

    Sometimes the med for depression can help the pain. I think in the past I have read another member talk about Cymbalta. But med or not.. to talk to doc about the depression would be important. (I'm not a doctor and not suggesting a specific med..it's just an example.)

    So much of this getting a handle on the unbelievable pain is trial and try again. Good luck with the new doc. Do what you need to in order to express just how painful everything is.

    Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

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