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DeeannmarieeDDeeannmariee Posts: 2
edited 05/07/2015 - 11:07 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi. I've been dealing with chronic low back pain for more than 20 yrs. it took a while to diagnose. First it was muscle strain. Then it was this or that. I had X-Rays, CT scans, physical therapy, multiple meds. Finally, had an MRI. There it was... A herniated disc. Since then, I've been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, mild scoliosis, bulging discs, arthritis, bone spurs, and the disc space between L4-L5 is about 10-15% of what it should be. I did have microdiscectomy in 2000, which is why I believe the disc space is so small now. I've been on every anti-inflammatory known to man. I've been told the only thing that can be done is fusion. One surgeon said he would only do the surgery if I was six months medication free. Another told me he wouldn't do the surgery because of my weight. I'm on neurontin, cymbalta, and Vicodin, and flexoril for pain. I was told I would be in a wheelchair "in five yrs". That was ten yrs ago. I can't stand up long enough to cook a meal or wash dishes on a good day. I've been practically bed bound the last week because of the pain. I'm scheduled for injections on Monday. Can't come soon enough. I have had multiple rounds of injections. When I sit, my feet and lower legs go numb. When I stand I have severe muscle spasms. Laying down anymore doesn't give me much relief. Well, this is my story.


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    I hope your injections on Monday are helpful to you.

    I've been increasingly bed bound last couple of years and. I've been using paper plates and plastic utensils for that time and have no plan to change it. :) and cooking for myself is microwave and sometimes something I add hot water or milk to.
    On this site is...the spoon theory. You can use search on site if want to read. It definitely helped me to reassess what I want to use those "spoons" for.......esp on those better days.

    I am not a candidate for surgery. It seems a little confusing that doc holds surgery out to you..but no pain meds 6 months ?
    Does doctor say how to get through with out your meds?

    And then the surgeon wants weight loss.....if I understand correctly.
    Is that a realistic goal?.....I mean the number of pounds they want you to lose?

    Keep us posted ...esp with how your injections work out for you.
    Check out the site for info of all kinds....old posts, articles, videos....
    Hang in there!
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