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2nd year in and I'm emotionally exhausted. So much pain. Sleepless nights. Whole left side from hip to toes. Loss of bladder and bowel. Constipation to tell point I'm on hands and knees screaming as I birth a small turd. Now headaches, nausea and night sweats. Standing to cook dinner and can't go more than a few minutes. Sitting is out of the question my tailbone is excruciating pain. Xray showed degenerative disc disease (moderate) (((although symptoms severe))) MRI is tomorrow. Consuming my life. Quit working in October applied for disability. Pending. The birds are chirping outside. I never sleep and keep him awake tossing and turning and whining and crying and jerking due to stabbing pain.



  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745


    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • As far as being able to reply to discussions goes, just scroll down to the leave a comment box, type in your reply, when finished click on the post comment and you are done.

    I can tell by your post that you are in pain and frustrated, I hope you are seeing a spine specialist, orthopedic or neurosurgeon, that is where you need to be, I am surprised that you have let this go on for so long, an x-ray is not a very good indicator of what is going on in your spine, the MRI will most likely show what is really going on, and get you on the right track for treatment.

    Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.


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  • MarWinMarWin OhioPosts: 700

    Sounds like you definitely have a lot of compression on your nerves going on. Do your best to keep moving, just don't over due it! For your digestion, it could be a result of your pelvis being misaligned by posterior tilt. I say that because you are having constipation issues. Posterior tilted pelvis has been known to be the issue for many pains, and digestive and reproductive problems. 

    Something(s) that may help is to start using your diaphragm to breathe properly. This can help "massage" and workout your digestive system as well as give your lungs and heart room to do their thing. As the diaphragm expands it pushes down on the digestive area and slightly bloats the belly. That's normal....just watch a sleeping baby and see how they breathe. At the same time the expansion of the diaphragm will allow your lungs necessary room to expand properly, and pressure can be taken off the chest and heart too. When you breathe out, the opposite happens. Breathing this way ultimately becomes a cycle to which your body can find great benefit. Very similar to the benefits your muscles get from flexion and extension. 

    Getting enough hydration through the day can also help things with your digestion. Couple those two with getting your pelvis in good alignment could possibly get you on the path to pain recovery and better movement (pun intended)! 

  • Last Nerve, Chip was spot on when he said the MRI would probably show the problem. My gut feeling is you’ve been in discomfort for awhile now and not seeking medical help. But your definitely headed in the right direction where a treatment plan will help! Please keep us posted.....David 


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  • Hello Last Nerve, I have a completely different take on your issues. I have hideous pain issues as well. 

    Quick background...back sufferer who finally waved the white flag and surrendered. MRI showed significant nerve compression due to degenerative disc disease, spondylethesis, stenosis, and 5 disc herniations affecting lower lumbar. Surgery was performed this past October with multi-level laminectomy L2-S1. Needed 2 cages where very damaged discs were along with fusion at L4-L5 and L5-S1. 

    Enough of that, fast forward 2 months later doing terrific from this major back surgery. Out of nowhere developed crazy pain. Same saddle area where the nerves from your lower spine exit and run through that entire region then down the legs and feet. What my surgeon termed radiculopathy. All related to nerves! My pain is now 24 hrs a day, and standing or walking makes it worse. Latest MRI indicates a new development called Arachnoiditis. Involves membrane surrounding spinal column where nerves are. From so much trauma to the area and compressed nerves for so many years we speculate. Point is you must see spine specialist who will order MRI. Make certain it is done with contrast. That will then indicate source of all your troubles.

    Let me know how things turn out and Good Luck!

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  • William GarzaWilliam Garza TexasPosts: 3,934
    edited 04/24/2019 - 11:28 PM

    How about where it hurts the most first?

    Physical,mental and emotional...which usually overlap in any number of ways.

    Not sleeping always adds to misery. .and the "fog" which adds notjing to your life and makes things harder to figure out when your constantly awake.

    I used to just want uninterrupted sleep so my batterys would recharge and give me a fresh start and perspective..riiiight.

    Whining  as you mentioned is a normal response to something that won't stop hurting us we want someone close to make it stop... Open lines of communication are key

    Sometimes its everything..and sometimes its the smallest thing to set us off into misery. Your part of a world wide family that walks the walk every hour..we have been there,are there and are able shoulders to lean on.

    Hang in there...just know that were here with you.

    William Garza
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