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makenammakena Posts: 16
edited 05/06/2015 - 1:04 AM in New Member Introductions
I have been on this site everyday just to stop feeling alone in pain...Until i decided to be a part of it...

i hope i made the right decision...

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    Being on this site.....I'm sure you discovered...you definitely are not alone!
    As Ron mentioned, above, it would be helpful to know more of your situation and struggles.

    Others can then share their experiences.....and we benefit each other!

    Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • makenammakena Posts: 16
    edited 05/08/2015 - 3:25 AM
    I was diagnosed of 2 bulging discs from an MRI scan last month after 3months of so much pain on my leg around the groin...
    The doc told me the best they can do is give me painkillers. Taken enough of them till they don't help with the pain anymore...i workin an office meaning i'm meant to sit almost all day and whenever i have to stand and walk its the WORST part of my daily life now...can someone just tell me if i will ever get okay...i just turned 21 years and this is really taking me down...i cant cry in public over the pain and makes me have severe headaches everyday...
    is there a way awta this??
    its really bothering me and making my life hard to cope with...i never had any accident or injury before so cant tell the cause of this...i dont do anything hard like lifting things...what could be the cause?????
  • Makena,
    Thousands of people walk around daily with bulging and or herniated discs and don't even know it, Why? I wish I new, lol..... I'm 37 and have worked in the medical field for 20 years, I LOVE IT!!! But due to a work injury I've had two back surgeries for bulging discs, the second being a fusion to later find out I may not of needed either one. I got married Oct 12, 2013 and got injured Nov 2, 2013. Needless to say, my entire marriage has been based on this injury just to find out it's my SI Joint, not the discs giving me ALL the problems!!! I now need a third surgery on my Left SI Joint and still have no quarantines that it will resolve everything. My new Surgeon is concerned that there may be permanent damage due to the fact this has been going on for so long.
    I have ADHD and take medication for it and many people don't understand the reality of that alone, so I explain it like this...... Just imagine putting a five (5) year old in the middle of a candy or toy store and telling them they can't touch or have anything!!! Well, that's my life...... I used to be VERY active and busy, plus work my full time job and now I'm bed-bound.
    I wish you the best of luck getting answers soon :)
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    Please continue good communication with your doctor about how you're feeling.
    Are you seeing a spinal specialist?

    What kind of shoes are you wearing to work? Sometimes any kind of heel can contribute to your alignment being off and stress on the spine.

    On this site is old post called......the blend.
    It has suggestions on ways of coping with pain, besides pain medications.

    There's a search on this site...top right...and that can lead you to much information, also.
    Keep us posted with how you are doing.
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    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • makenammakena Posts: 16
    edited 05/09/2015 - 12:01 AM
    i know the feeling of a kid in the middle of a candy shop not allowed to touch NOTHING coz im one too...haha
    The pain has taken away all my happiness at this age already...i sometimes cry till i cant shed more tears...but with all i still keep believing that God is with us in this...Sorry for the pain and believe along me that al will be fine...about the past surgeries and the future one, you have gotten through the past ones and can through the coming one if its a must do...
    all the best and always keep in touch please...

    The fact that im from Kenya is enough tell that, me accessing a good doctor is somehow hard...but i have been seeing an orthopedic who i try to trust...i have always been on sneakers and flats for like forever...(tomboy) so still leaves me with no source i can think of for 2 bulging discs...recently i have been having a very bad foot drop and it worries me even the more.would i be having a problem with the muscles too or is it just from the spine thing????...Thanks so much for introduction to the blend...its seems promising with different nice ideas...
    keep me updated with any other ideas...

  • Schlegs14SSchlegs14 Posts: 10
    edited 05/11/2015 - 4:04 PM
    Foot drop is a concern for the the Doctors and or should be and also incontinence of bowel or bladder is another huge concern. I got "yelled" at for wearing flip flops, lol..... I was told to wear good supporting shoes with good souls.
  • Hi! I am sorry you hurt so much...just like schlegs said above i would call your md about the foot drop...i also used to think my shoes didnt make that much difference because they were flat and well made, but my podiatrist told me that if i chgd brands and use an orthotic it might help a little...i can say that it does help when i am @ wk and if i have to wear different shoes for a special function i cannot walk @ the end of the day...best of luck to you!
    Erin Roche
    L5/S1 Hemilaminectomy
    SCS implant in 2012
    plus much much more...
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