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Hi, my name is Etienne I live in southern California. I'm new to this site and I truly hope someone can help. I was rear-ended 8 years ago and I underwent 4 back surgeries over a period of 6 years. The first was a laminectomy, the second was a fusion l4-l5 the third was to remove the plastic implants because they caused a lot of pain the 4th was another fusion l3-l4 and they added titanium rods and added a cadaver bone to help with my posture. Now, after all the surgeries I'm in major pain. My back is still in pain my legs and feet are tingling, I now have arthritis in my back and both my shoulders have arthritis and I have ringing in my right ear after the last surgery. I have gone through so much and I'm currently seeing a pain mgmt specialist. He gives me coritisone shots every two weeks and they aren't helping. I've had countless blood tests all came back negative. Knowone can fine anything wrong. I'm 48 years old and i need help. I was on percocet and the fentynol patch I got off of them due to the effects. I could go on but I think this is enough. I honestly don't know what to do. I know longer work cause I can't stand the pain and the meds I'm on are not helping.


  • First let me say welcome to spine-health. Have a look around and you will find others with multiple surgeries to only be in pain, still, including myself, just cervical. As far as the shoulder situation, have you seen a ortho whom deals strictly with shoulders and tried injections. Your shoulders would be unrelated to your lumbar condition. The other thought sense you were rear ended have they ever done a MRI of your cervical spine. Look at a dermatone, map and you will see the nerves and how they correspond to all the levels of the limbs.

    Hopefully you just started getting cortisone injections and it has not been going on for to long. To much cortisone can cause issues as well, most will only do 4 injections in a year time. If the percocet and fentanyl were not working or the side effects to much, there are plenty of other medications out there. One thing I advocate strongly for with any spine patient is to be on a good muscle relaxer, are you taking one and if so how often and the strength.

    Somethings that might help you, are massage therapy, tens unit, music therapy, aqua therapy. Do you still walk, in a program? One of the most important things we can do as spine patience is to walk, and then walk some more. If you never started a program there are some on the net you can google, such as 10,000 steps. Have you looked into possible a spinal cord stimulator? That might be something to help with the pain. When was your last MRI? What type of pain are you having now and where it is it located. One thing many of us do is keep a pain journal so we can learn what it is where it is, but also to give our doctors more information.

    Just thought I would stop by and welcome you to spine-health. Look forward to reading more of your post.
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