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New Member! L-4, L-5, S-1 Cage and Nerve problems still!

Hi Everyone!

I am a 35 yr old female. I had a few bad car accidents when I was younger. The worst was at 18 (1996/97) I owned a 1967 Camaro RS/SS. It was my baby. I was T-boned by a flat bed tow truck towing what else? a full size truck. Luckily the lap belts in my camaro worked well and held me in. Also, luckily it t-boned me on the passenger side and no one was with me. My passenger door was hit so hard it was right next to my steering wheel. I was knocked unconscious for a few minutes. When I came to I couldn't breathe. I got out and started crying. Not because of hurting but because my car was a total loss. The engine was on the ground frame bend and so on. Anyway. Back then I had tons of pain a few days later but, think I was 18 and made of steel I didn't get my back checked out. Fast forward to 2003 I was babysitting my niece. I went to pick her up. She was maybe 30 lbs? My legs just gave out from underneath me. In my head I just thought. "Weird". So I just went on with my day. 3 pregnancies I always ended up having horrible pain in the last two Months in my lower back. Chalked it up to being so tummy heavy..lol Then fast forward to February 2005 on Valentines Day I decided to go with my cousin to help her get some crafty stuff to decorate a poster board for her boyfriend. She had a small Dodge Dakota. We were in traffic because of construction (as always in Las Vegas) and a kid. He was maybe 20 or so, was texting and back then there were no smart phones so it was a really small screen I am sure. He didn't see the traffic was stopped and BOOM! He hit us so hard the bed of the Dakota went into the cab and pushed so hard. I was sitting sorta sideways talking to my cousin at the time. (with my seat belt on) As soon as I got out of the dodge I felt a horrible pain in my lower back. I thought I had metal stuck in it. I went straight to the hospital. Come to find out I had 1 herniated disc, 1 bulging disc and it was going to push on my spinal cord.

After a year of therapy, the 3 steroid shots, MRI's, I finally got a discography. The discography must have scared the living crap out of the doctor because 3 days later I was in surgery. 1 year and 1 Month after my accident I was told that if I didn't get it done ASAP the disc had drained so much the bone was invading the spinal area. I didn't have time to be scared but, when they say it's a 50/50 surgery. I started freaking out. In the hospital after surgery I ended up pulling off the compression leggings, I pulled out my catheter. I was horrible. It took me 6 months to recover and not "feel" the metal in my back. Thank goodness I had a wonderful husband to support me. (even thru the yulky stuff)

After a year on medication I was pretty good. No problems. Then the nerves decided to take control. Around 2011. I was approved for disability because the only job I have ever had a career in is the Casino/Hotel operator pbx/reservations department. Which is a sit down job for 8 hours straight or more depending on ot. I just couldn't do it unless I was highly medicated and spending the rest of my time in bed depressed.

So now we come to present day. (finally right? lol) This is where things get bad. Since 2011 I have had caudal injections, joint injections, nerve burning. I had a full head to toe bone scan. Nerve tests. You name it, I've done it.

Just this last Friday I had another set of injections. My pain on the right side has gone from about a melon size to a silver dollar. I do not want to begin to let everyone know what I am on. It is Percocet 10mg, Soma 325mg, Ambien 10 mg, Zoloft 100mg (for Social Anxiety Disorder) due to my back and being in public places. I was on Morphine 30mg then after about 2 years I asked to be taken off the morphine because it was just too much. As a kid and growing up I have a real phobia of taking medication and swallowing pills. I have a bad gag reflex so the least amount of pills I take the better. And my Mother passed at 43 because she took a ton of medication from the age of 14 because of a car accident she was in where she was thrown from the backseat and that dislocated her hips and one shoulder. Her heart just stopped. So I have a bad "white coat" syndrome where my blood pressure on the bottom? goes up. Really high.

So yup there's my story. Still having pain. I lay in bed about 20 hours out of the day (that's including sleep) I have 3 kids from me and we just adopted my cousins daughter in 2010 when she was born. So I have a 15 yr old, 14 yr old, almost 10 yr old, and the youngest she will be 3 soon! My kids help A LOT. But, I can be super stubborn too. If the laundry doesn't get done I do it. I know with how short I am the worst thing for my back is vacuuming and laundry. The of course I pay for it. I am sure a lot of you can relate. Happy Tuesday!! (BTW I'm pretty informed on most because I used to do medical typing and research on my mother's medical history)


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Hi, I was just diagnosed with bulging disc. My primary doc is recommending epidural injections. I am not in a lot of pain...the numbness in the lower left leg and foot are more my issues. I am just looking to see what other people have experienced and if there are other options. I recently had ruptured disc fusion surgery (C5-C6) in February, so have been slowly getting back into exercise, and now this set-back...I would much rather go PT or yoga type route rather than injection therapy. I am a 49 year old female who has always been fairly active....injury and inactivity is a new experience for me.
  • The biggest thing that I read in the original post that isn't helping you, is the inactivity. The more you lay in bed, the worse your physical condition will become. Rest used to be recommended for low back pain but it is not anymore due in part to the fact that the more you fail to move around, the worse, your condition becomes, and the more muscle tone and mass you loose.
    You should talk to your doctors about getting you into a physical therapy strengthening program , to help you get more physically active, and build up your core muscles to protect your spine a bit more. Then start walking, several times a day, in short periods at first, but as your strength and stamina build, add another block or two to your regimine.
    While we have backs that are damaged, and are in need of surgery, the best thing that we can do to help ourselves is to push a bit to stay as active as we can so that we don't sabotage our own recoveries and activity levels.
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