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Where Do I Go From Here?

Mindymork62MMindymork62 Posts: 207
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I went to my surgeon on Friday, and he has released me. He said basically there isn't anything more he can do for me. He did a double lumbar fusion, and a double neck fusion. More recently he removed my screws from the lumbar fusion this past August to see if that would help to lessen some of the pain, which it did a little. He wants me to take some time for my back to settle down from all I've had done. I have 2 more weeks of physical therapy, but I haven't made allot of progress. I feel I make more progress just taking small walks with my husband. I do have Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis that limits my ability to do many things I want to do. So, do I just learn to live with the pain on a daily basis, or is there something else I can pursue? I am so tired of seeing doctors.


  • after being in pain for 16 years and tyring every item to help pain i ..like .you .have reached the stage where it looks like intractable pain is part of our lives ..it not a nice thought to live with pain for ever. i myself am going through a very bad patch right now {pain wise} and from what i can gather ..there gets to a point where the medical world can offer anyhting more than pain killers .the hardest part is accepting it .i hope that something can be done and i wish you well .there are various items on the market to help with pain maybe you could try some of them?
    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
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875
    My physiatrist has always been open to me to try various treatments to see which one I will have the most benefit from.

    I think every one wants to be as pain free as possible without a lot of medications or additional surgeries.

    Some alternative treatments that I have tried and have had good success with are:

    - Thai Deep Tissue Massage. The old style
    - Essential Oils and Aroma Therapy
    - Music Therapy
    - Relazation Therapy
    - Meditation
    - Osteopathic treatments
    - Cranial Massage

    And for some Eastern Culture treatments:

    - Herbal and Food Treatment
    - Exercise family (Yoga, etc)
    - Yin and Yang
    - Other spiritual treatments

    I am not saying that everyone should go out and try some of these. In fact, none of these alternative treatments should ever be tried until you have the approval of your doctor.

    For some of us, these may be are best paths to take
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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