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Hi everyone, I am a first ever to join a group forum. I am now 50 years old and have been dealing Fibromyalgia, hip bursitis, herniated disk of C5 - C6 and had a herniated disk of L4 - L5 for over 16 years now. When i say had a herniated disk of L4 - L5, as in past tense, because a lot changed in the last months. I am now on long term disability because my body pains have increased to the point that I now walk with a rollator on good days. I now take Cymbalta, Kadian morphine and MR-IS morphine for my pains mentioned above.
I am on an urgent and cancellation list for a MRI for my cervical, hip and lumbar. Even at that, I still have to wait about 3 months. So my FD decided to have an x-ray done on my lumbar only, cause he asked me if I had to choose which area of my body would I want to look at first, I said the lumbar and hip bursitis.
So, I got the x-ray done and 2 weeks ago I got the result.
I was shocked and cried when he told me I had Lumbar Arthritis to the point that I do not have any more disk left in my lumbar region and I would need surgery. He is not sure what the specialist can do but after talking to one of his colleague, that is the response he got.
When I said I cried, it is because my hope of returning to work soon is not to be. He also said that I would be on pain meds probably for life.
My question is has anyone ever had this problem and did they have surgery done?
Irma Robichaud


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    Shipie. Welcome to Spine-Health. You will soon find yourself on an adventure that can produce many good and positive results. We can't fix any problems, we can't make the pain go away, but we are here to listen and off non-medical advice.

    For starters, and I dont want to sound cold or harsh, but I really believe you need to get the details from all your doctors again.
    It sounds like you are not from the USA, based on the wait list for a MRI. The MRI will be one of the better diagnostic tools to determine the extent of spinal and disc problems. The X-Ray's you have had do point out the degree of arthritis that you have. Under normal situations, you will hear about how the advance arthritis has basically worn away so that you are left with bone on bone conditions. But that is generally in joints (Shoulder/Hip/Knee) With Spinal discs, the degree of problems come with the amount of herniation/bulging and/or impact on the spinal cord.

    And always remember that pain medications alone are not the answer!!!! Working with your doctors, you will find that there is a blend of medications, conservative treatments (ie Physical Therapy, Spinal Injections) , exercise, etc that can make a big difference on you day to day life.

    So please look at everything, question your doctors... There are rarely situations in which the medical field can not provide you with relief
    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
  • Good afternoon Dilauro, I appreciate your advice and you are right. I am from New Brunswick, Canada, the world of Medicare but wait your turn.....I probably should explain myself better. I do not want to babble on and on and waist people’s time. By the way you will excuse my French.
    There is nothing anyone can say that would offend me. Now, my FD has been my friend for 25 years and he does believe in second opinion. He compared all the MRIs and X-rays reports done up to now and he came to the same conclusion as my specialist (second opinion). I do understand the difference between the joints and spinal discs. The MRI will surely demonstrate more clearly, which I can’t wait.
    You see, I’ve always been very active up until now. I did not take this lying down. I when to physio, Myofacial and chiropractor and they all had their opinions, but the pain got worst. So until the doctors know exactly what is going on with my neck, lumbar and hip they suggested I stop everything. Now, I have my own portable tense machine and ultrasound that the therapist adjusted for me and used it every day. As for the meds, I hate taken them and I know they are just a bandage, not a solution.
    This is hard to digest; I’ve been working for over 30 years, with the last 15 with the federal government RCMP. I love my job and miss it a lot.
    I’m the type of person that does not like to be blindsided. I need to know everything that is suggested will be done to my body. So, this is why I want to know if anyone ever had the operation to lumbar arthritis.
    Your friendly Acadian
    Irma Robichaud
    Irma Robichaud
  • Sorry to hear about your pain and issues. I think there maybe some things lost in translation. I am in no way comparing my issues with yours but was told something similar. My L4/L5 and L5/S1 discs are "dessicated" which was explained that they are deteriorated to the point of no longer being any use. I have been told that surgery would help if needed. This is where I no my condition can't be as bad as yours as I have had numerous lumbar blocks that give me adequate relief to keep working. I do have bad days and meds help with those. I have read posts from other in Canada and with our recently passed law believe we will be experiencing the same delays you now have.
    Good luck and hope to follow your story to a satisfactory and great outcome.
    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched
  • Trust HaddinTrust Haddin Posts: 6
    edited 08/13/2012 - 9:34 PM
    Hello Friends,

    Nice to meet all of you. This is very interesting topic i found in this community. I hope you will stay a long time here.

    Trust Haddin
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