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BrokeDowninPA15BBrokeDowninPA15 Posts: 1
edited 06/02/2015 - 2:47 AM in New Member Introductions
My name is Bill and I reside just outside of Philadelphia. I'm single, never married and without children. I say that's a blessing because if I had a family to call my own, I would most likely have failed to provide financial support since 2004 because my mechanical/technical career was almost impossible to continue. I am unable to do anything and not suffer for it. This is mostly due to my back problems but some of it has to do with my nearly-usable hands (arthritis) and problems related to carpal tunnel syndrome. But I've come here to seek personal suggestions on how to deal with back pain from those who suffer the same conditions as I do and how to treat mine better than I have.

I'm almost 55 and have had back problems since my late teens and they have worsened over the years. I've lived a rough and tumble life and I don't regret it, but my back is so bad right now that my stride is one third of normal and I have to move slowly and deliberately. One wrong move and I'm down for at least a month. This isn't soreness - it's like being shot, stabbed and burned in the sciatic area.

In anticipation of questions about me, here are the conditions I have relating to my back and the list beneath it contains the treatments I have undergone for years.

Scoliosis (abnormal curvature of the spine)
Spinal Stenosis (narrowing of spinal throughway for main nerve)
Degenerative disks
Bulging disks

Epidural injections (only last for about a month)
Ice and heat pads
Analgesic patches (Salonpas)
Tramadol (I don't take Ibuprophen and Tramadol at the same time)
Rest (which is what I do 70% of my time)

I've never had surgery and to be honest I don't think modern medicine has an answer to relieve my pain so that I can maintain a productive life. I miss doing my mechanical job and the yardwork around here. I really need some advice because my condition is worsening. Thank you in advance.


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I'm sorry to hear about what you're going though. I'm a mess too brother! The only advice I can offer is....see a pain management doctor. That's what I did after many years in high level pain. My doctor gave me my life back to a point. I'm still in pain...but it's a lot lower since he's been treating me. I see him every month. He's a blessing!

    Feel better,

    "Nobody Should Have To Suffer"
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    Are you being managed for your pain by your primary care doctor?

    My primary tried to help me for about two years then she referred me to pain management/neurologist.
    That was the best thing for me!

    I already had MRI, but specialist did more testing. The EMG for me was most revealing. Doctor saw areas of my spine affected that I didn't even give voice to.
    So then the treatments could be more specific to my issues.

    Right away, doctor medicated me for daily use to take edge off pain and then medication for breakthrough pain.
    The treatments and medications were trial and to try again. I continue to see my PM monthly, same as Joey, above

    My body, the pain, has put much restriction on my life. Often housebound and many days bedridden.

    Esp with your symptoms worsening, as you stated, please let your doctor know. You may want to ask if it's time to see specialist.
    Your not alone!

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