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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:21 AM in Chronic Pain
I'm Deb. Good to be were with others who can relate. I've
lived with chronic back pain for 20 years (Work injury) , neck and upper back for 9 years from MVA. I just kept plugging and working (RN)best I could until I fainted and hit my head last spring; that has stopped me...traumatic brain injury. Now I fell again on icy stairs and wrenched my spine, neck, hips and knees. My spine is riled. I've seen a chiro for 1st time for $$$ reasons (I'm not working so we're hurting money wise, but chiro adjustments not helping much. So... I see a pain specialist in 2 weeks..have seen one in the past. Took NSAIDS through the years til GI can't handle them anymore. Neuro says I have fibromyalagia but methinks there's a bit more underlying...scar tissue, arthritis...etc. I haven't had a new evaluation so its time and the pain doc may send me to an ortho I know. Lyrica and Tylenol (woe to my liver I know)doesn't take care of the pain. I used to take Tramadol with success but my brain gets too wired on it now. Also have anxiety and sleep disorder with Brain injury. Cannot tolerate Amitryptilline and lots of drugs now.

Past surgeries/procedures: L5-S1 allograft fusion 1988 from work injury, ACDIF with plates and screws C5-6 from MVA, old and new arthroscopic knee repair 1984 and 2007 Past ESI's to neck and low back.

MEDS: Synthroid, Topamax (seizure after head injury) Lyrica, Lunesta, Xanax days, Valium HS, Tylenol Arthritis

Hope to get to know some of you soon and thanks for this forum and its very helpful info! :)



  • Hi Deb,

    Welcome to Spine Health. Bummer about the road you have had to travel that brought you here, but welcome to a place where we understand.

    I certainly hope that your pain management doc will give you a referal. At least get someone to take "a look" at your spine and see how things really are. Especially if you slipped on ice and fell. Duh! You would think that would send them into an imaging frenzy.

    So did they categorize your brain injury as a "closed brain injury"? Just curious. I have been reading a lot on that and it is amazing how it is just now really being recognized and being treated more aggressively.

    I can't take most NSAIDs for very long before they begin to rip me apart, but the Cox-2 inhibitors work wonders.

    Well, welcome and I look forward to hearing about you getting some great help and some pain relief!

  • I am terribly sorry to hear of all of the accidents that you have had and all of the damage that they have caused. You are right you are here among friends that really do understand. Anytime that you want or need to talk, please feel free to post. There is usually someone online to talk to. Good luck with your PM doc and please keep us posted on the outcome.
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    Welcome, Sounds like being an rn, you know your way around the medical field. Personally, chiros. have done nothing but hurt me more. But other than saying that I'd like to welcome you, you'll get allot of support and help here.
    Good luck, Jim
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • I can relate to your handle!!! and will probably have some of your procedures and meds soon (have had some in the past..ESI's..discogram, 2 fusions) I know for sure I have facet syndrome too and DJD and some bone spurs. Lord knows what else is new in there ..LOL!

    Thanks for saying HI and your kind words..hope you're having some Good Days. :)

  • And welcome to spine health!! Nice to meet ya :). I hope all goes well with your appointment in 2 weeks. Please keep us posted as to what is going on and if you ever need to talk please just post. Cuz trust me we ALL understand!!!
  • Your handle must be 'Ask me about my Grandbabies!' or "Babies" guys can be Daddies a lot later than we can be Mamas...LOL!

    I too have been leery of chiros all my life and mine is using the tiny thumper only...no bone crunching techniques allowed on my tender spine!! I am now on a 2 week vacation from him and am seeing what the pain does, I may not return. I will see what the PM and ortho I see (I assume) recommend based on their eval of any new scans they wish to do. I am not yet sold either.

    Thanks for saying Hi

  • Great Pic!And thank you for taking the time to welcome me...very sweet of you. :)

  • for the pic comment. That was taken of me and my husband back in June when we went on a sunset sail down in Key West,FL.
  • Yes I have a mild to moderate TBI- traumatic brain injury. I cannot work anymore (after 30 years as a nurse) and my family is dealing with a new Deb...new personality and everything. TBI is an invisible disability thats been overlooked for a long time and just now being recognized.

    Many of our vets struggle with TBI- My neuro tells me some ADHD kids may really be kids who hit their heads.

    So glad you can take Cox 2's..I can't even with Prilosec OTC-- I will get night time heartburn.

    Thanks for the welcome!

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