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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in New Member Introductions
I'm new to the forum and wanted to say hello and introduce myself. I am disabled due to chronic pain and other health issues. My back problems are getting bad enough to start considering surgery (ouchie) and I thought it would be a good idea to research my alternatives to the conservative treatments I have received. I have survived through years of pain on meds and injections of various sorts.

I have been pretty much house bound for the past three years and would really, really miss my old life. I do the best I can but sometimes that isn't very much, as most of you know. One of the worst times was when I quit working. That was probably the scariest thing that ever happened to me, but things did work out after almost losing everything I have worked for for 30 years.

I have lots of questions :? and look forward to asking them :) !!

Thanks for listening and for letting me be a part of your community.



  • The puppy has a needle and syringe.

    This is what my nightmares are made of ;) !
  • Skippy welcome to Spinal Health. There is a wealth of Information on this site and the chat room also has allkinds of Good people with various surgical experience and outcomes , plus alot can be come good cyber friends to laugh and joke with to help take your mind off your pain and help at times with sleepless nights.
    On the lighter side, you had stated in your post you had injections of various sorts. By the looks of your avatar, your first step to feeling better may be to find a different way to get your injections LMAO, welcome aboard lol.I hope you dont get your injections that way too often.
  • I will try the chat room. I really need to make myself more knowledgeable about these things. I have really focused on some of my other health problems and just wore myself out. Can't ignore my back problems any longer.

    It looks like you and Paul both have a lot of experience with different surgeries. Have you recovered from your April surgery?

    Thank you both for answering (and so quickly)! It's really awesome to have a place like this where you can make friends without leaving the house.


  • Hi Skippy,

    So glad you found us here and what an adorable doggie.

    I'm sorry that you have been dealing with chronic pain here and understand about losing your job and many of ua have here. We also are grieving for our old lives back as well as you are.

    I know God has a plan for each and everyone of us, so that's what I'm holding on to and trying to understand the lesson.

    But just know you have found a very good supportive place that can hopefully give you all the answers you need.

    Welcome again and see you around the forum.

    :) Pebbles
  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i think first thing you should get someone else to give you your shots. his claws must be cold on your butt! lol! seriously, i hope you find some pain relief soon. i am pretty much housebound as well. i am considering using a wheelchair again. could this help you? please keep us posted and good luck! i hope to see you around the forum! Jenny :)
  • Thank you for the welcome.

    Pebbles, once I got the financial (disability) stuff in place things started looking up. That financial stuff is a bugger. I am getting the depression under control and am at a pretty good place now. You make adjustments, you know? I do the best I can do to stay involved with my kids lives and try to be proactive with my health care.

    Lulu, I have never needed a wheelchair and I'm sorry to hear that you have. I have days where I need a cane and sometimes I can't straighten my back and standing and walking is very excruciating but I can still do it.

    I will post more about how pain effects me later. I need to rest now. I just really appreciate that all of you have taken the time to welcome me to this site. I'm excited about getting some answers to some questions and also being able to relate to people who are in the same boat I am.


  • Look forward to hearing your experiences and sharing within the board. We all must keep that sense of humor and include all members of the (re: avatar)family. LOL

    Take Care
  • Lulu I meant to ask you if there is anything they can do for your hips and legs but I rearranged a sentence and then deleted my question. What is a lamenectomy? Is there anything they can do for your nerve damage? Do you know what caused the nerve damage in your leg and hip?

    I had a borderline EVP on my legs a few years ago and an emg about that time showed that I had some nerve damage in my arm.

    I had a lot of tests run before they finally did the MRI on my back and they couldn't figure out what was going on. Now it seem like my PM doc thinks most of my pain is due to my back problems and osteoarthritis but she doesn't really explain much. Readings the posts on the different forums is giving me a good idea on what sorts of things I need to be asking her. She gives me a lot of injections that don't last too long but have made things bearable until recently.

    I read on someone's post that it might not be good for your bones to get so many injections (I've had A LOT). I a little worried about that.

    Nite for now.

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