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M, y name is Marci123, and I live in Melbourne. I have been an LPN for the past 36yrs., and now I am like the patients I have cared for all those past years. I'm not very happy, since I'm not able to work now. My big day consists of Md. visits, or grocery shopping trips, usually to Wal=Mart, where there is only 2-3 carts for the whole store. That's always a hassle. I have been out of work since last Nov. I thought about volunteering at the hospital, or something. Mostly, I do my exercises from my chair, watching Tv, or on the computer. I can't walk for very long, I have 3 herniated L/S disc's, from falls last Oct. and a severe scoliosis , pain down both legs now, and weakness more on the L leg, and now some on right. My MD here wants to do an ant/post. TLF, and soon, and I am really scared to have such a drastic surgery, and keep putting itoff. I am planning to have a partial L knee surgery done soon, to fix that part, I hope. I can't stand all this pain. My MD has me on M/SIR/ MSER, neurontin,flexeril, paxil, and a lidoderm patch. He did restart my epidural injections this past week, he did 3, one into the sacro/iliac nerve this time, and I had so much steroids I felt like crap all lasty week. But it did help the pain, and swelling. I was doing some studying on the spine-health site this aft., and was enjoying some new info on some meds, I didn't knowabout. I'm looking forward on learning more, with time.
M Cooper


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • kamgramkkamgram Posts: 483
    edited 10/21/2013 - 3:30 PM
    I also have back pain and have had 4 spine surgeries over past 19 yrs. I just had a total knee replacement 8 weeks ago. I understand having pain coming from many sources. I hope you receive the support and help you seek. If you would ever like to talk or have questions about knee surgery just PM me.

  • I certainly can relate to your pain and frustration. I have had 6 back surgeries (all fusions) in 9 years. I had my last one sept 24. I am almost pain free. Or as pain free as I can get. I had an 360 fusion with instrumentation. It wasn't fun but it did the trick for the time. Then my spine started collapsing in on itself so I have to have a larger fusion. I should have had the surgeon put in
    zippers front and back he went in so many times. I am on so many pain meds I look like a pharmacy. I have had all the other treatments before doing surgery, accupuncture, rhyzotomy, prolo therapy,injections under the flourososcope. The only things that really gave me relief were the fusions. I know people don't want to think of surgery and hospital time but sometimes when you have tried everything it is the only hope.

    good luck and keep me posted.

    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
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