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Chronic Sevre pain. please help. Australia based..

Hi Guys

My name is Nathan Talbett.

My dad who is now 47 has one of the quote 'worst backs in australia' two leading back surgeons have said..

Last week he had his 5th operation.

A quick bit of back ground..

He was a plumber at the age of 16, worked very hard all his life, played sports every night and never rested..

Unfortunately because he had his own plumbing business he never took time off, therefore his back got worse and worse..

If some one could please direct me to any help/advice or treatment, this would be incredible.

Every day he takes all types of pain killers and has been in bed most days for over 4 years now and it is really killing him.

I can post pictures of his x-rays and scans, along with details of what operations he has had. Should I post it in this section of the website or another one?

Again, any help/advice or treatment would be highly appreciated.

Nathan Talbett



  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery

  • Yeah just having a look around now! Some great info.

    Will get familiar with where to and what to post in the coming weeks.

    Might take you up on that private message facility to once I do some more research.


  • Welcome to Spine-Health. This is a great place to get information and talk with fellow spineys.

    I'm sorry about your dad. I've had three surgeries myself, one on my cervical spine (neck) and two on my lumbar spine (lower and mid back). Has your dad tried any physical therapy? I know that he's in pain and I've been told I'll never be out of pain and also take pain medications daily, but walking and PT can oftentimes help get people back on their feet. Walking is so important after spine surgeries and with bad spines.

    A neighbor of mine has had one spine surgery that has left her with bad nerve pain in her right leg and she gave up and just sat in her recliner or bed all the time. Her neighbor finally got her to go to PT - the handicap bus picks her up two days a week and takes her to PT then brings her home. She doesn't even have to drive. So if your dad has just given up, try to get him up and at least walking, starting with short distances and moving to longer ones.

    If he's in too much pain to do anything, I don't have any advice for you, I'm sorry. But so many times, even with severe pain, just walking can help.

    Take care and happy searching around the site.
  • charlie6017charlie6017 Posts: 412
    edited 04/17/2013 - 6:25 AM
    Hi Nathan and welcome!

    Cath said it so well. Any activity is good activity, and your father can only benefit from that. I will guarantee that your Dad will feel better about himself if he does some walking--even if he starts with 5 minute increments. I live with pain everyday as well.....I have also had 5 spine surgeries, all fusions. 3 in my lumbar and 2 cervical.

    Where is your father's issues......lumbar? Cervical? Thoracic (middle)?

    I hope he hasn't given up......he still has a lot of life to live! :-)

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