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New here... just a bit of an intro

My name is Matt, I'm 29 years old, be 30 in a month, have full custody of my little one who'll be 4 in November; its just me, him, and my back which never stops hurting.

I had a severe tear at the L3-4 level last year, and they did a 360° fusion there a year ago. Thanks to the major nerve damage and the compression on my spinal cord, my body decided to develop CRPS after the surgery, bilaterally, though the left side is far worse, all from the mid calf down.

To add to that, failed back syndrome, just recently confirmed with a new set of MRI's just last week, and now growth in a previously minor tear at the T12-L1 level, now pressing on nerve roots and my spinal cord, and making more things hurt.

Yup, I'm new to chronic pain, but no stranger to pain I guess, I've been in gut wrenching unrelenting pain that has never quit, for more than 18 months. Just hoping to find other people like me, who truly understand what it's like to wake up every day, and have to look into my little one's eyes and make his breakfast, while I'm waiting for that first pill of the day to finally kick in. Where what used to stand a man, is now just a groaning heap of ouch and titanium.



  • 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
  • Sadly, too many of us know where you are and understand what you are saying.....the key to learning to live with chronic pain is to learn to manage it , to learn to change the way we have always done things, and to make adaptations when we need to. We have to accept it , as it is, and learn to live with it, not let it consume our lives.
    It's not an easy road, it is a journey, not a destination.
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