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It is really never over

dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,858
edited 12/13/2012 - 9:09 AM in Chronic Pain
I think the most important message that everyone on this site should pick up , is that
Once you have had spinal problems, especially surgery, you always need to be aware of that

I've been feel real good the last couple of years. I get used to the normal spinal problems. Like what is normal?
Normal for us is a lot different than normal for others. I had both of my shoulders totally replaced and one hip totally replaced, add on cataracts surgery due to the numerous ESIs, I still am doing goiod.

The past two weeks, I have not be doing as good as I have been. I know the symptoms and what happens. Its a thoracic flareup. Some of those herniated thoracic discs decided to wake up and start some nasty activities. I knew it, I could feel it as it happened. Lower neck stabbing burning pain, center to upper mid back pain, rhomboid muscles tight as a knot.

I had to increase my normal dosage of 4 Oxycodone 5mg to 5 or 6. Doesnt sound like a like, but for a person like myself on a normal maintenance plan, that increase says a lot. More hot tub nights, my biofreedze rubs, more lidoderm patches, etc.
Today, I went to see my Thai Deep Tissue specialist. He just felt my back and said we have some work to do.

Two or three sessions with him and I will be back to our norm!

This just serves to remind me and everyone else, that our spinal problems are always there and we need to always remember that. I can not think of anything I did to cause this flare up, but something did.

This will be over shortly, right now I am just yelling at the Beast why he decided to act up so close to the holidays.
Over the years, I have never figured out the beast, but I am getting better and better and shutting down the beast.

(For those that are new and dont know what the beast is, read some of my earlier threads. This is the definition:



The wild animal that lurks within our bodies once we have spinal issues. The beast was never invited, but is is with us and at times it comes out as an Ugly Beast causing Flare-ups and Pain. The beast is very hard to get rid of. So often, we don't know what caused the beast to start causing pain for us. It may come out anytime, when we are feeling good, when we think we are doing everything right. Some times, there is no rhyme or reason to this beast.

However, once it is active, we need to take some actions to battle it, make sure it doesn't overtake us and finally beat down the beast and make it go away, even just for now.

It is very important for us to understand and realize the beast is there. The beast is real, don't try to fool yourself. If you ignore it, you might open yourself for various problems, discomfort and pain.

Just understand that the beast is never[/u] friendly, [u]never[/u] offering help, [u]never making you feel better and most of the time, it is an un-welcomed guest. The beast is a cold, harsh unfeeling thing that we all need to understand and hate and tame it .
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


  • And the Beast comes when we least expect it. Amen to what you have wrote Ron.

    Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007.
  • Ron, this beast you speak of has been the subject of many of my nightmares. Has been the topic of many of my bad days and the reason for my crying spells. You are right, I don't know when or where it will attack but know it will and usually at the worst times. This beast has taken time away from my family and taken my job from me. I never thought to look at it this way, as a real thing that I can picture in my mind and can see how to defend myself from it. Although it defeats me most of the time I will continue to fight this beast because I dont want to lose anymore to it. We will join together here on SH and fight it with all our might.

    Thank you Ron for opening my eyes to a new way of seeing this journey we all travel.

  • Ron, very good post. We usually don't know when the Beast will attack, but sometimes we do. For instance, I have surgery coming up Tuesday and knew the beast would strike each night as my fellow workers try to cram in as much work on me as they can before I'm out for an extended period. That's an easy one.

    A not so easy one, but something I've learned from my previous surgeries, is that with a bad X-ray and MRI six months ago, I went ahead and planned surgery for late December. Why, when it was my choice and my surgeon said I could wait? Because every time I've planned surgery months out, things have gotten worse as the time goes by and by the time surgery time comes, I'm so bad that surgery is the only answer. Maybe I'm psychic, but the more likely answer is that when you have a serious issue that can't heal on its own, you know surgery is inevitable and youmight as well get it in when most, if not all, your deductible is paid.

    Today, I'm so happy that I planned this surgery because the beast is with me every day now. It's relentless. The nervousness of surgery is tempered by the fact that I can't stand this any more. Three days of no job, but working to get the house ready, Monday back to the job for half a day then on to the hospital Tuesday morning and I'll be begging for relief.

    Hopefully the beast won't kill me during recovery, but will slowly recede into the background and I'll find myself only dealing with him occasionally. Only time will tell, but that's my hope and my plan. However, like you said, the beast has a mind of its own and I can only do everything I'm supposed to during recovery to get back to work and get back to living a normal spiney life.

    I'm sure those that haven't read your definition of the Beast will be grateful to read your post. It's so true and we have to deal with him the best we can, whatever that may be.

    Thanks for the post. I'm sorry to hear that you're having problems and as always wish you the best in getting the beast to get off your back (pun intended).

    Take care.
  • has come back to visit me. It's been a little over four years since my surgery, and I'm generally pretty careful about the bending, twisting, lifting thing. I did, however, have to put a new sump pump in under the house. I'm not very wealthy, so it was best to do it myself. I have a kneeler-bench that I use in the garden to get up and down to weed, etc., so I used that for getting down into the sump well. It helped a lot, but to be on my knees and, eventually, on my butt for extended periods of time, tightening pipe clamps around parts and fishing leaves out of the flooded area really put some strain on my back. It feels like I've got something poking me badly in my back when I walk. I've been on my roller and doing lots of my PT exercises to try to get things back in place, using some ice and some heat to loosen things up, but it's tough. I've been only filling my oxycodone prescription about once every six months lately, but I think my doc may be hearing from me again soon. Instead of taking one every once in a blue moon, I've needed a few each day for the past week or so. I'm stiff when I get up and do okay for a while once I start moving, but then things tighten up and the pain comes back, so I have to give in. I think I may go in for a massage or to see my physical therapist for some Graston. Obviously, this is something that doesn't want to go away on its own.

    Hang in there, all!
    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
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