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Benny6.7BBenny6.7 Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:58 AM in New Member Introductions
Hellow, all! I just thought I would give a brief introductino on myself before I start posting on these forums.

Facts of life:
I am a 24 year old male, married, and we have two adorable puppy dogs Ranger and Yamaha. :D I was a physical anthropology major in college, and am in the process of going back to complete the undergraduate work required to get into medical school.

I'm from Indianapolis, IN area - and have lived here my entire life.

My dad is a teaching Physician at IU School of Med; Great to bounce clinical stuff off, but not so much help with really particular stuff he doesn't know about. We both teach each other quite a bit, I take his practice

Health stuff:
I have had intractable migraines from 10 years old and onward, most recently (around age 20) I developed DDD symptoms and have undergone a handful of surgeries and smaller operations at an attempt to remedy this affliction; but to no avail.

I am normally VERY active and love doing distance riding on one of my bicycles (I used to be at 3-4 40mile rides a week, before back stuff...).

Right now I am suffering from constant chronic pain that emanates down my left side into my left thigh, knee shin, and top/side of foot. On my best days its a 6/10 and on my worst a 9-10/10 (can't roll over to get out of bed, or get up from a chair, etc). This is of course AFTER the Spinal Cord Stimulator I had put in this last August, 2011. The stimulation pattern has always been shifty, moving from one spot to another, but not it is either on/off or stimulates my anterior abdominal wall (NOT something pleasant!). At a minimum the lead needs reset, but I am talking to the programmers and my pain management Doc tomorrow about perhaps getting a CT done to rule out any more changes to my L5/S1 area where a fusion might be the next, and BEST, thing to do.

Anyway, that's a little about me - I'll probably post a more detailed story of what I've been going through in the chronic pain or surgery sections later!

Thanks for making such a great site possible everybody!!!


  • hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry you are suffering with chronic pain!! it does not sound as if the stimulator is doing you much good right now.. i hope it is something as simple as a lead change and nothing as serious as surgery!!there a a few people on the site who use the stimulator and find that it works quite well. i am sure a few spineys will drop in! please make yourself at home here on the forums and stop by anytime!! good luck! Jenny
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