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RapunzelRRapunzel Posts: 1
edited 11/05/2013 - 3:54 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi there! I am new to the forum, which I suppose is fairly obvious.

I do not have back problems myself, but my husband and dad both have some pretty big problems. My husband has never gotten a consistent diagnosis on what is wrong with his back, and why he is always in pain.

My dad is the reason I have come to this forum today. He is not my biological father, but he raised me for much of my childhood. We lost touch for several years because I moved far away, however we are back in contact, and he is very much still my dad.

Anyway, he is in a wheelchair now, and has degenerative disk disease and a severed nerve in his lower back. This severed nerve I think extends down one of his legs, because one of his legs/feet is not functional. I guess his doctor said it was foot drop, but my dad knows that it's not. I am learning more about the situation each time I visit, however, my husband and I do not get out to my dad's nearly as often as we would like.

I am hoping to gain some knowledge about back problems and pain management, as I am determined to add my voice to my dad's and get his concerns and needs heard by his doctors. But I don't want to do that if I know nothing about back pain management. I will probably be posting this in the actual pain management forum as well, but I figured this is a decent enough introduction. :) I am willing to learn about any and all forms of pain management and run them by my dad. He is currently only on I think 5mg of Oxycodone, and that is not doing anything for his pain.


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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
  • I'm new to all of this. I have an appointment with my neurologist Monday to discuss how soon I can have surgery . I'm expected to be in a wheelchair for atleast the next 80months.
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