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Hi, my name is Lila and I'm 52 yrs old. I've had several fusions, 3 cervical levels and 6 lumbar levels due to degenerative disk disease. A year after the lumbar surgery I had all the lumbar hardware removed. I've also had a spinal cord stimulator implanted and removed. I still have lower back pain but it's tolerable. I'm starting to have thoracic back pain which I'm being told is coming from my back trying to compensate for the lower back not moving. I also have a lot of leg and feet pain and that is my main challenge. I have been on methadone for about 2 years and it usually does the trick for my leg and feet pain. I haven't found anything that totally takes care of my back pain and leaves me being able to function. Your forum seems like a place to come with questions and sometimes to vent a little. I know my husband, God love him, gets tired of hearing about it even though he'd never say so. I am looking for people to talk to who understand what it's like to be in pain most of the time and maybe get some info that I don't know about. We are moving to the Surprise, AZ area in the next 6 months or so and would like to find a good pain management doctor who doesn't treat people like drug dealers or medication seekers and one that is familiar with how to use methadone correctly. I have tried a whole gambit of medications and it seems to work the best for me. So if it's not breaking any rules I'd love some suggestions on doctors in that area. We currently live in Maryland. Thanks!


  • gaj399ggaj399 Posts: 270
    edited 08/11/2013 - 8:37 PM
    Unfortunately it is against the rules to give out doctors names on the open forums, however people could private message you with names if they know any. I'm afraid i'm absolutely no help as I live in Michigan, but I'm sure once people start waking up and checking the posts that they'll send you a PM.

    You've come to the right place, there is a wealth of knowledge on this site, don't be afraid to look around, information is right at your figertips.

    I hope you have more pain free nights, I know it's a fight that can be hard to fight at times.
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 08/11/2013 - 8:43 PM
    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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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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