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Hello All

New to this whole forum layout, So after about 2 hours of reading I hope I'm introducing myself in the right place. Hopefully you will read my sarcastic/frustrating/ introduction with the attempt at comedy relief I'm striving for.

I am 37 years old and decided I'm staying this age and will just add years of experience after this point. My painful life began one busy morning when I was trying to get out of bed. February of 2014. I have been told by a spinal specialist in March of 2015 that I have scoliosis with two "perfect" curves exceeding 65%, which will need 2 to 3 spinal fusions to treat the "numerous compressed nerves, and to hopefully correct the numerous future leg issues, and liver, and possible bladder control problems" (direct quote) In between Feb of 2014 and March 2015 after my Family doctor( General Practitioner) review X-rays, Ultra Sounds and my MRI scans stated it would be best if I didn't return to my housecleaning business or to my employed job of "jack of all trades" at one of my local retail outlets. Which sucked, and resulted in my depression on top of my financial burdens. I have seen pain specialist, physio therapy, and do the "safe" exceercizes (spelling mistake) regularly.

This past March the spinal specialist stated that I would have to quit smoking before he would set the date for surgery. I smoked since I was 16 and the year I have spent home doing nothing, I at that time was up to about 3 packs a day. (At least that's what my supportive, understanding husband has stated, sore subject for a share on another thread) So the results of that one and long awaited appointment to the spinal specialist is that he gave me a brace that allows me to stand/sit for many hours, compared to only 20 minutes of each position. And because I want to be pain free, and a contributing family member again, I have successfully(knock on wood) quit smoking for three months and eight days. My family doctor has sent an email of to inform the specialist to that info.

As a result of this sudden onset of pain or I guess compressed nerves on ( or is it in /whatever) my spine I now suffer from cysts in my legs, constant swelling from my chest down to my toes, lack of bladder control (can't believe I actually confessed that) And being treated for severe depression. ( Which I disagree with, I think my feelings are completely normal considering)

I finally agreed to start taking antidepressants this past April as long as my family doctor would agree to write a note that would allow me back to work, at least for shorter time periods and with my brace, pick up grabber, cane, and mobility walker for when I needed it. It was a great trade off, I think I did good. I now work as a cashier at the local retail outlet for 2, 6 hour shifts with more then regular breaks, a week. (Yeah me)

List of Medication
Pregabalin 200 mg a day 100mg morning 100 mg evening- results I can walk limited with cane or walker depending on how much I did the day before. ( or the hour before/ sorry I digress)
Tecta 40mg a day- suppose to protect my tummy from all my medication ( I'm a mother/ sorry I simplify things. )
cyclobenzaprine 10mg- suppose to be 1 at bedtime, bad days I take it in the morning too
Tylenol 3 345 mg 1 or 2 tablets every four hours needed- results I find this causes constipation which aggravates my back and make it more painful, so I haven't refilled that bottle since last May. I use it only as a back up/ or for long car rides. ( oh I can't drive, funny thing is I wasn't allowed since I was 20...medically/never really grabbed the info why, yes 17 years ago I was very ignorant)
Antidepressant I forgot the name, tell you the truth I don't even have the bottle as I gave the empty bottle to the pharmacist last week, and our car broke down, we r in the country and can't make it to town to pick it up. Please if there is any doctors or judgmental people out there. Don't judge. No money, no car that works. Hmm might explain why my introduction sounds more like a rant
And my favorite drug of all: Ketorolac 10mg 1 every 4 hours to be used for only 7 days. < why I need the Tecta. I use this on days like today or while I'm working. Today I'm cleaning my house after my family of boys tried their best to clean it since April 2015.

I think I included everything that was needed. And boy it helped just to type it all out. I look forward to reading others thoughts on Spinal Fusion surgery/ depression( and whether that should be an added diagnosis or just assumed) / Family survival, or whether divorce is in my future/ thoughts on whether the people awaiting surgery should have some sort of financial aid, or help/ Or how to lose the added weight after quitting smoking ( i have a sneaky idea that my spinal specialist will now email back my family doctor and say I need to lose weight.

Anyways please don't boot me. I am a recovering workaholic/smoker suffering from chronic back pain/ nerve damage/ bed wetter mother and wife to four boys. Oh and according to my doctor depressed about it all. ( who in the right mind can be happy about it)

Tammy Sue< the flamingo lady who finally found out why she stood like that for years! Hi all feel free to here, here me, or to trash me. I'm pretty used to both.


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