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Pedicle screws

edited 10/25/2015 - 6:24 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello I'm new here so please bare with me as I get familiar with the site . I had scoliosis surgery two years ago. I'm severly anger and depressed from my out come of my surgery. I feel betrayed and lost. Please bare with me as I try to explain . I was fussed almost completely from the top of my spine to my sacrum. I'm not sure how to say as others explain TL2 and all the other medical terms. But after having my surgery I feel like I made the worst decision of my life. I am worst off then I was before. I'm not seeking petty I'm seeking advice and someone who can relate. I'm a wife of 25 yrs who married her high school boyfriend and a mother of two adult children. 2 yrs ago I decided to have my back fixed as I felt constant pain and felt I needed or hoped I could live a better life. I found a doctor with a good reputation but he let me down as he made me feel like I was going to have a better life. Instead I'm depressed and I'm off worse than before the surgery . I couldn't get him to listen to me what I felt wasn't right. He always cut me off when I had concerns or anything I felt wasn't right ? To me he seemed to have an excuse for everything. or no concerns to problems so I gave up asking questions and just got thru my visit and decided I would just seek another opinion. Well the other opinion scared me. I was told My back was pretty much ruined and I was lucky to be alive ? I'm told its too dangerous to go back in and correct anything . I was better off leaving things alone and dealing with the chronic pain the rest of my life. I have a pedicle screw next to my aorta . Its too dangerous to go back in but the risk after two yrs gone by the risks where so low of my aorta bursting that I should leave well enough alone. I'm in constant pain I'm severly depressed and now I'm scared to do anything ? My children are grown but not married and I was looking forward to grandchildren and the net stages of my life. I'm 48 yrs old. I feel like I'm walking around with a ticking bomb in my back and my life is over . I don't know what to do next. I want another opinion but I have been scared to do anything even if someone was to tell me it can be fixed, I feel let down and I, scared to trust another doc or scared to make another decision. I have chronic pain and when I need help when the pain meds don't work I feel like I'm been looked at as a drug seekers. I'm not a drug seeker. I don't go crazy I try to show courtousey to the doctors and I show then proof of what I have went thru . Yet when I cant get my pain levels down I'm told this hospital looks down on chronic pain. I didnt ask for this ? I cant get anymore nicer than what I have been doing. I want my life back . I try to understand that doctors have to be careful . Please advice me what I need to do ? Oh I am under a pain management clinic . I have a doctor for depression. I had to quit my job cause I'm so depressed and in so much pain. why cause what my doctor did to me I have to suffer more ?

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  • I am so sorry to hear your story. At 48, am even more sick about it. Sounds like the rest of your life is going to be focused on managing pain, sleep, anxiety, doing things for yourself as long as you can.

    Your family sounds like they each are now robbed of experiencing things with you, including your husband.

    A good lawyer and therapist and maybe a meditation /yoga therapist will enable you to go forward and continue to look forward to what life will bring. Your family may also need some support in a similar way.

    I am so sorry that this is where you currently are. Xoxo
  • KathleenEdsMomKKathleenEdsMom Posts: 2
    edited 10/28/2015 - 6:51 AM
    I am so sorry for what u are going through. I too have chronic pain and was told there is no 'fix' surgically for me. I have been doing great with the pain meds I was on as I had a wonderful, caring doc who understood that some people just have the pain and that is their life. I feel so bad that u have gone through this surgery and now have a worry that is much greater than the back pain. The aorta is a very serious area to have a screw. Was it supposed to be in that spot? It seems to me that those of us who do have chronic pain are looked at as fakers just to get the drugs. The doc I have now is nothing like the other 2 I had who were treating me throughout my life for my pain. I have only seen 2 docs and I am 61. I am now seeing my 3rd doc and it is not going well. I have tried pain clinics but cannot afford to have all the new procedures they wand you to have. Have had epidurals and the last one he hit the nerve to my right arm while injecting. Never said sorry, just that he thought he was in the right spot. This day and age because of all the people on the street getting ahold of prescription meds makes those of us who truly need them live with the stigma of opiate abuse. They don't understand that I don't get high from my meds, I get relief. We look ok so how could we possibly need these strong meds? I would get a second opinion and just get on a pain regimen that works for you, but definitely find out about the aorta. I would be like you, sitting still and afraid to do anything. My DDD, DJD, bulging discs, spinal stenosis and so much more is hard to keep under control with less pain meds from my new doc. I will keep u in my thoughts and prayers and just know that u are not alone out there. I love this site. Keep your chin up!! Kathleen
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