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edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello all, I came accross this site quite by accident but I'm so glad I did. I'm a 57 y/o male living in the northeast corner of Georgia practically on the South Carolina line. I have been dealing with chronic low back pain since the mid 70's and have run the gamut of therapies, treatments, medications, exercises and various doctors and practicianers. I drove a tractor trailer cross country for decades till I got to the point in 2004 where I couldn't climb up into cab any more. I have been on SSD since summer 2006. In 2004 I finally broke down and in desperation saw a medical doctor for my back pain. Long story short(er) I had a lamanectomy/fusion at L3,4,5 which turned out to be semi-sucessful. The result was I was no longer falling but the pain never got better and in fact has progressively worsened. In April 2006 after 2 yrs of dealing with a multitude of pain killers I had an intrathecal pump implanted that dispensed morphine sulphate and marcaine. This was just changed to fentanyl last week and unfortunately I've been flirting with withdrawal ever since. I'll be going back to the clinic later this afternoon to have the pump output increased.
I have battled the usual battles connected with chronic pain and long term narcotic use most notably depression. I have tried to find outlets for myself to keep both mind and body busy. I volunteer with the local humane society doing what ever I can given my physical limitations. I find that helping the helpless and giving of myself does more to relieve pain and depression than anything I can find in a doctors office. I look forward to contributing to this online community and hope to get to know as many of you all as possible.


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  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. what a blessing you are to so many helpless creatures. i spent many years working in Mexico with horses and cows hit by cars as well as dogs left neglected in nearby towns. there is no relief like that of a warm set of arms and a low, loving voice. i have a dog from the pound now and she is the best friend ever. it seems like you have tried everything for pain relief and have now reached outside yourself. good luck and i hope you find some comfort here on the forum! Jenny :)
  • Chig from one Georgian to another. You have come to the perfect place for support and understanding. Please keep us posted as to how you are doing and if I can ever help you with anything then please just let me know. Take care...Miki
  • I can vouch for the hospitality of Spine Health and of those from Georgia! Welcome, I'm glad that you stumbled across us.


    P.S. I'm not from Georgia, but one of my best friend's is!
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  • would be me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As if you couldn't tell from our avatars..... :))
  • I don't know Miki, that sure doesn't look like you with sunglasses on! =)) Plus that sure doesn't look like Georgia in those pictures! =)) And it sure as heck doesn't look like Okinawa. We must be dreaming. =))

    Who better to have a good laugh with, then a great friend!!!
  • Welcome to spine health

    Christina :)
  • I am so sorry to hear of your years of suffering and hope that you find relief soon. I already know that you have a good heart by helping out helpless animals. I will look forward to seeing you around the forum.
    BTW - My sister and brother in law are team drivers and my sister is also having severe back issues that are just about to force her off the road and get it looked in to.
  • very true my friend and you are so right that wasn't Georgia or Okinawa but it was D.C. when we had our wonderful trip there along with the Jesster.....great times indeed with alot of wonderful memories to last a lifetime.... =D>
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