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Hi, I'm new to this site and am looking to hopefully make online friends with people in similar situations as myself. For the past two and a half years I have been constantly suffering with a high level of back pain.

Dozens of tests later and dozens of different medications tried I feel like my condition has finally stabilised- by this I mean I seem to be no longer getting worse, nor better although the pain does increase when I try and increase my mobility. I'm not in the best place mentally and emotionally as everything seems too much for me right now and I'm fed up with the pain taking over my whole life but I don't know how to stop it!

I have tried loads of treatments, have done lots of research and generally have tried to learn as much about chronic pain as I possibly can (given the fact that the side effects from my medications often hinder my ability to concentrate and let things sink in and stay in my brain). I am hugely open to anyone who has any stories to tell, remedies to tell me about, advice to offer,etc.

I am also hopig this site will enable me to begin to create a support group for myself and others who are interested as I am rather lonely and could do with having some poeple to talk to who literally know what I'm going through and understand where I'm coming from. Thank you to anyone who takes the time to read this and/or reply- I look forward to learning how to use the site properly and making online friends.



  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    I am sure that you will find your time on Spine-Health very rewarding. This site is a powerful and integrated system that is dynamic and continues to grow.
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • terror8396tterror8396 Posts: 1,832
    edited 05/31/2013 - 7:03 AM
    the moderators just posted a list of items in dealing with chronic pain, treatments, meds etc. just check the site or ron dilauro's site under faq. it is pretty extensive and answers most questions. it is under the post of steps to getting treatment.
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • Welcome you are in the right place.Im recovering from back surgery right now and I know how you feel. When we are in pain its hard to tell people your in pain. Have you had an MRI? You might need to see a surgeon .I tried everything for my pain and finally went to surgeon.Hope you find help here PMme if you want KATHY
    Kathy B
  • Essurefree -

    I'm not using any of the birth control you mentioned right now so I don't think it has anything to do with my situation, but thank you for posting the advice I appreciate it.
  • Hi All

    I am also new here and would like to hear how people handle such pain because I know that drugs/medications can not relieve the pain all the time!
  • Hello CazzaB, welcome to the forum, you are at the right place and I hope you would get the solution to your problems soon. I am also new here and am enjoying my stay here.
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