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Hello everyone. My name is Matt and I am 39 years old. I have had back problems since the end of 2007. I never had any trauma that caused my back pain. My back problems came from repetitive daily work as a welder. My first surgery was in February 2008. I had a discectomy, unfortunately it did nothing to relieve the pain. Before the surgery i went through the epidural steroid injections, physical therapy, the ultrasound stimulation's. My surgeon then ordered a discogram. I might add that was a pretty painful test. I just about jumped off the table. That procedure (discectomy) did nothing to relieve the discomfort. My surgeon was pushing for another surgery 3 months later. I did not want to jump right back on the table so He sent me to pain management. more epidural steroid injections, physical therapy, tens unit, etc.

My pain increasingly was getting worse and all the different procedures were not helping. I finally agreed to another surgery and that was preformed in December 2008. I had a Laminectomy/Fusion. L4,L5 and S1. the surgery was in my mind a success. I noticed right away the leg pain was gone. Let me fast forward. I went back to work 2 months after my fusion with no restrictions.

In may of 2010 I started to experience lower back pain when I sneezed of coughed. The pain progressed and 5 months later I was in as much pain as I was before the Fusion and It is getting worse. I am currently in Pain Management and I am feeling pretty depressed and overwhelmed. My Pain Doc basically told me today that to get used to the idea of being on Medicine to function for the rest of my life. He's suggesting for me to have a pain pump put inside my stomach.

I Had a new MRI done last week and there are a lot of degenerative changes. I don't really understand a lot of what my report says and my pain doc is way to busy to spend time to really explain what all of this means. It is very frustrating. Thanks for having a place where I can come and absorb information and hear about other peoples similar experiences. Thanks for being here.
Much Thanks,


  • I suggest making an appointment with an ortho. He/she can explain the report to you and hopefully give you some options.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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