I joined a couple of days ago and have been familiarising myself with the site. What a fantastic site for us.
The short version of my 'life challenge' lasted 6 1/2 years. Not long compared to most.
I was injured at work. Someone did something stupid and I paid for it. The result was medical retirement Total and permanent disability. No worries there now. I fought it for a long time but once I had accepted it it became 'The Gift".
So during that time I went through most of the things you all have tried. Pain clinic. Various mediations. Tramal being the right one for me. Without that I would have benn retired much earlier. Surgeries offered and various treatments.. Each time I trusted my instincts and declined when I knew it wasn't right. Had nuerotomy - nerve burns. in 2008. That was 3 unique experiences in pain. Gave me 3 months relief. Cost and pain coupled with the fact that each time its repeatd it would last less time meant it wasn't worth it to repeat.
Cutting to the end of my story...... I found my surgeon who was right for me. Previous to medically retired occupation I was a fitness instructor for 11 years. Through and ex-boss I found a specialist who then referred me to another specialist.
I knew he was right for me.
He performed all the right tests. My L5 S1 was smashed together. Facet joints over lapping. Nerve damage confirmed through test. Truth test revealed I was living with a pain score of 9 out of 10. My hope was for disc replacement but surgeon warned ther's probabley too much damage.
So here the good news... I am 4 weeks post op. ALIF surgery. From the moment I woke up I knew life and changed for the better. How do I put that into words?
I did all the right things pre surgery. Strength and flexibility mainatined. Paid of big time. If you can't bend forward you need to be able to bring the lower half to you. Makes it to much easier to dress your self.
Came home morning of day 5 and took the the dog for a walk a couple of hours later. All dog lovers please respond. Amazing how they just know stuff. She stayed with me as we walked slowly and each time the leash extented she moved back to my side.
The most important lesson I learned is this.....
You must take control and responsibility for your own health managemant. I was led around for way too long. Once I took control and responsibiltiy that gave me back the power which in itself helped so much. This enabled me to find the right medical care for me.
So much learnt and so much still to learn
Looking forward to sharing with this wonderful community....