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Looking for advice, year and a half post surgery

beardbrobbeardbro Posts: 1
edited 09/17/2015 - 12:15 AM in Chronic Pain
Hello everyone,

This is my first post here, so if I am not in the correct forum please forgive me. I am looking for some advice on what I should do to help manage my pain or if I should get another opinion from yet another doctor. A little background information on me --

On 02/04/14 (22 years old at the time) I had a transpedicular thoracic discectomy performed. I had been dealing with intense pain and numbness/tingling for about three months. Only after becoming temporarily paralyzed in the middle of a store, I had decided to go to the hospital. Took a MRI and put me in surgery the next morning. The doctor did not want to do a fusion due to me being young, but compared my spine to a "wet noodle" in terms of strength/rigidity and said he has never seen my condition at such a young age.

Fast-forward to today. After countless months in physical therapy and a second opinion from another doctor (who only recommended more physical therapy, without taking another MRI) I am in constant pain no matter what I do. I can't sit still too long, nor can I stand too long. I can't exercise without being in pain for 2-3 days after. I have lost my career as a Paramedic/FF due to the pain, among other things I will not complain about.

I am wondering what you all on this forum think I should do? Should I just get used to it? Get a third opinion? I can provide more information about my surgery and/or photos from the MRI if needed.


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