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sweetkeessweetkee Posts: 1
edited 02/21/2015 - 4:35 PM in Chronic Pain
I'm an 43 year old female that was diagnosed with a hemangioma of the spine at the age of 34 years old. The only outcome of removal was paralysis or death if surgically removed. Alot of doctors refused the procedure because of that outcome. I started pain management and was prescribed every pain medication on the market. I started abusing the medication because I was tired of being in excruciating pain 24 hours a day 7 days a week. I hit rock bottom due to getting addicted and abusing pain medication. I was so scared because that meant no pain medication. I went too treatment and was amazed how Aleve had worked. It has worked for the last 22 months. The only time I'm in pain is during the winter. However, I use foot warmers and other things too keep me warm. It seems like when I stopped eating pork and just eating chicken and fish my mind and body began too do right. One day I hope I can get it removed or the pain stops forever. I'm starting too think the pain was really in my mind. Thanks


  • CJVCCJV Posts: 1
    edited 12/28/2015 - 3:06 AM
    Did you ever get your problem fixed? I had been having excruciating pain and stiffness for years, loss of bladder control. I had no insurance so I had to live with it. I finally got insurance and got tired of being treated like I was just looking for pain killers so I went out of network to a specialist who did an x-ray and found a couple large hemangioma. The first specialist wouldn't give me something for pain but he wanted to do open back surgery, with at least six weeks recovery time. He sent me for an MRI and I decided never to go back to him because if I was a candidate for surgery but not for pain medication I felt he didn't deserve my business.

    Not long after this I was watching the television and saw an ad for [edit], I ignored it the first few times I saw it then it dawned on me that I could go in and walk out in four hours pain free for the first time in so long I can't remember if what they were saying is true. I don't know about you but I NEED to work I have no time for risky surgery with six weeks recovery, so I gave them a call and I'm having surgery in two weeks. I'll have four days off work and go back to work the following Monday. Sounds like North American Spine may have the same kind of procedure. Look into laser surgery for your condition if you haven't been treated. They cauterize the blood supply to the tumor it shrinks up and dies without its blood supply. I think they have a couple other methods they could use also, at least you wouldn't have to worry about getting cancer from radiation, which is the most common method to remove them I hear about today. It's expensive for out of network but there are ways to finance the procedure. They will work with you on that I prefer the bank it's cheaper than medical credit cards. Hope you feel better soon
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