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Hi to all, I'm a newbie here ♡

Good evening/day to all. I found this sight after hrs of trying to figure out my back pain/diagnosis. Broad base herniation at l4-l5. Herniated l1-l2. DDD, vertibral slip at l5-s1. Significant hypertrophic facet arthropathy. 40yrs young female with 3 gorgeous children. Alas despairing with pain, cant stand for longer than 30 mins. Appointment for neurological doc in 5 weeks and I have no idea what to expect. Have read some of yr posts, working through them for info. Great to be here, any info would be gratefully received.... be well all.


  • Welcome to the site. I think you'll find good information and support. Make sure to take a look at the stickys at the beginning of the forums. There should be info about what to do when going to visit a surgeon. Each person is different, but treatment can be physical therapy, pain meds., going to pain management for shots. Take a look at the various surgeries as well, just so you can understand the lingo used.

    Take care, Karen

    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • Thanks for reply karen.... working my way through pages. Lots of info, very informative. It would appear that my doctor is quite unhappy to share info on my mri findings. Be well.
  • The good news about a "bad MRI" is that at least a spine specialist can tell exactly what is wrong. Some people suffer lots of pain and nothing shows up on their images. I think that would be more frustrating. Hang in there. Hopefully you can enjoy the next 5 weeks of summer as much as possible and get a treatment plan at your appointment that will help. Best of luck to you, keep us informed!
    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.
  • thoracic spine painthoracic spine pain Posts: 566
    edited 07/03/2013 - 10:51 PM
    Please read this info search for it on this site. Also the dermatone chart that Sandi has posted gives you a good idea of where the pain radiates. If your GP only gives painkillers try them combined with a muscle relaxant as opiods by themselves only worked for me when they combined the two together. I find sleeping with a pillow between or under your knees helps - it is supposed to take the pressure off your spine.. Has worked well for me and am not in as much pain in the morning.

    Make sure you get something to make you sleep as well as that is when your body heals itself. No sleep. more pain. I also use a magnetic underlay and pillow - works have no idea why. Heat helps me too.Check to see if your hips are aligned. If not go to an orthopedist who fits shoes so your hips align - it decreases the pain. Health shoes are fairly expensive but they are worth it. I have been wearing the same pair for ages and really feel it if I give them a miss for one day.

    A soft brace can help you remember not to twist or bend which we all do everyday. If you broke your arm, didn't splint it, then keep twisting it, i would never heal. Your spine is your central nervous system so that's why it's such agony.

    If you haven't already, keep a pain diary you will be surprised what makes it worse. It only needs to be Activity then pain level from 1 - 10. You can see what makes it worse and the pattern, I did mine every 30 mins for a week, as sometimes it doesn't kick in straight away.

    Blogging also helps 'cause you can write it down and relate to others who know, No-one who's central nervous system has not been damaged can understand the pain so this is a great site to talk and learn by other peoples experience.
  • Thanks all metal.... was a fear of mine that I wld go for scan and nothing wld show up! My goodness yr back photo looks amazing and sore!. The sunshine sure does keep me in better form @ thoracic spine pain... cheers for info. I have just invedted in good shoes which I agree really do help. Will check out suggested posts and again many thanks.... be well guys ♡
  • Hi all....... have just had surgery which seems so far to be a success, thank god. I have never had an anaesthetic before, have also stopped taking my pain meds. At night only I have for the last two nights had terrible anxiety, restlessness in arms and legs, palpitations, and feelings of desperation. Can't sleep and shake a bit too. Was taking painkillers for about 18 months. Targin, df118, tramadol and plexia. Anyone been through this or have any idea what this is and why just at night? Many thanks....be well x
  • For several weeks after my TLIF, I had horrendous restless leg syndrome. I was also very anxious about surgery outcome, etc. I went off tramadol and celebrex about 10 days pre-surgery and felt like I had the flu but I'm sure I was going through physiological withdrawals.

    Hope this info helps.

    Life is short, embrace it with all you have.
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