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TexasTornadoTTexasTornado Posts: 1
edited 12/25/2015 - 1:45 AM in New Member Introductions
I am a 52 year old female. My chronic pain began 16 years ago and the fun just continues. I worked as a paramedic for a few years, but decided to hang it up for a safer and less stressful secretarial job. I lifted a box a work and the pain was horrific. I went to a chiro (for the first time ever) who did an adjustment that caused me to be unable to walk out of the office. 3 surgeons ended up saying I had degenerative disc disease and herniated discs at L3-5 and stenosis. I had a laminectomy and fusion with instrumentation at L5/S1. Only at that level because the surgeon said we start small and have a place to go if it didn't work. Well it didn't. First, I suffered an infection that entered the spine. Second, my body decided to form scar tissue in excess called arachnoiditis. Third, the fusion failed. For a few months it looked liked things were getting better, but then things started to regress to worse than the original issues. Recently a doctor reviewed all my , x-rays and CTs and said I was NOT a candidate for surgery because of the odds of failure. However, I think that at the time I was the mother of a young baby and they thought it would get better.

After surgery I had so many procedures to try and return me to some sort of normal. Injections, spinal blocks, rhisotomy (destroying specific nerves to block the transmission of pain). Nothing worked. I now have a spinal cord stimulator that helps somewhat, but I am on pain medications. Sleep is a frenemy that I see for a couple of hours each day.

Now for the real fun. I was recently also diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I am now on Enbrel. Basically I am only able to get up for short periods of time and mostly I am bed bound. Walking is painful, sitting is torture and laying around is soul crushing.


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • My condition -knee replacement / hip replacement /hip revision /spinal cord stimulator / leg bone cut shims installed steel plate & screws holding leg together / been in pain for 10 years cannot take pain anymore
    Trying to find info about Pain Pump -Waiting for Doctors to call me to get pump operation - REALLY WORRIED - Doctors said going to use Prialt medication can anybody give me any information -Thanks
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    You sure have been through a lot.

    I can relate to the pain, and I spend much of my time in bed as it is least painful, as you've described.
    Years ago, my pain management doctor did a sleep study on me.
    I was surprised he was able to learn anything as I didn't think I slept enough during study.
    But he did see something, and was able to medicate me.
    That worked for a time, then the adverse reactions I developed became too much and I needed to discontinue.

    I also see a psychiatrist who has helped me much with antidepressants and anti anxiety...and for a time, talk therapy.
    I continue to see him for med management, and he also prescribes meds that help me to sleep....not a perfect schedule, but more regular sleep. For me the sleeplessness was crazy making. I was so irritable to say the least.

    There is a post here titled, The Blend. You can find using search on this site, upper right on page.
    That has helped me much! ..with the concept of other ways for me to distract my pain...and also with my physical restrictions.
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  • I can only say that I applaud that you are fighting to do what you can about this pain. Although I may not know what it is exactly to be in your shoes, stay strong. Meditation helps a lot to rebuild some sort of clarity and to have some peace restored in the middle of all this. Easier said than done... I know, however never lose sight that every day alive is a day we never knew we'd get.

    A huge hug to you!
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