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HAVE HAD ENOUGH!!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Chronic Pain
I HAD A L5-S1 DISCETOMY IN 2005 AND IT SHOWED THAT I HAD DDD IN SEVERAL AREAS OF MY LOWER BACK. IN MAY OF THIS YEAR SUFFERED ANNULAR TEAR IN SEVERAL PLACES ON L5-S1 DISC. COULD NOT WALK,STAND,SIT,LAY DOWN,DRIVE,HAVE SEX,OR DO ANYTHING!!! MY BUTT HEAD OF A SURGEON STATED THAT I NEEDED A ALIF DONE, HAD IT DONE AND HAVE HAD A HELL OF A TIME SINCE THE SURGERY. IF I KNEW THAT I WOULD HAVE GONE THROUGH THIS I WOULD HAVE NEVER EVER HAD THE SURGERY. I NOW HAVE CHRONIC PAIN, RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME,NO APPETITE,PAIN THAT NOT ONLY FEELS LIKE SOMEONE IS TAKING A SLEDGE HAMMER AND DRIVING A RAIL ROAD TIE THROUGH ME. THE PRESSURE FEELS LIKE I HAVE A ELEPHANT SITTING ON MY LOWER BACK AROUND THE SURGICAL SITE AND HIP. FEELING THAT MY LEFT HIP FROM MY SPINE ALL THE WAY TO THE JOINT IS GOING TO EXPLODE. I DONT SLEEP AND AM ON NO PAIN MEDS. HAVE NOT BEEN SINCE MY SURGERY WHICH WAS ON THE 15TH OF AUG. MY SURGEON WHICH I FIRED STATED THAT I DIDNT NEED PAIN MEDS DUE TO MY AGE.(I TURN 30 IN APRIL). X-RAY SHOWED THAT THE SRUGERY WAS A SUCCESS,BUT WHY IN THE HELL AM I IN SO MUCH FREAKING PAIN? I JUST WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP AND BE PAIN FREE FOR JUST A FREAKING DAY.. HELL I WOULD GIVE ANYTHING FOR JUST AN HOUR OR TWO... WOULD REALLY LIKE TO TALK TO PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING THROUGH THE SAME THING..MY EMAIL ADDRESS IS PBLACK79@GMAIL.COM PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW YOU ALL ARE DEALING WITH STUFF LIKE THIS..
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  • That you get the relief that you seek, and soon. I know that chronic pain is difficult. I also know that you can and will make it to the other side of this hurdle should you choose to.

    One Love,

    Stephanie
  • It has to be extremely frustrating for you right now, but have you ever been given the option or had a referral to a pain management doc or clinic?

    In my experience, most surgeons and many times primary docs, do not feel comfortable managing on-going or chronic pain. I can't say positively, but it may just be that your pain has become chronic on some level and you might be better served by a Pain Management physician.

    The sad truth, is that for many of us, by the time a surgery is actually performed, our pain "gateways" are opened and we need an experienced professional to help get them closed back up or at least managed. I know in my case, I went untreated or under-treated for so long, that I have become chronic and will most likely be on meds and involved in some form of pain management for the long haul.

    This is not to say that you are in the same boat. Just trying to give you some possibile reasons or explainations for why you are still dealing with daily pain. To me, it seems like giving PM a try would be worth it. It definitely gave me back a better quality of life, as it has for many other people that I know. There really is a light at the end of the tunnel, if you can find a good and caring doc to help.

    I hope you can find someone to help shed some light on what you are feeling and dealing with every day. Again, I'm not saying that this is a permenant thing for you, but just that it can take some time and some further treatment to help you get back on your feet. It really is unfair when a doc leaves you "on your own" to get through the aftermath of an injury or surgery. There should have been something put in place for you, if the surgeon didn't want to do your follow-up care himself/herself.

    I wish you the best and I'll be floating around here if you want to vent or if I can offer any support or advice. I'm sure I don't have all of the answers, but I'm willing to help if or when I can. Take care and please know you are not alone. Mitzi
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  • I can't believe a surgeon would not provide pain management after surgery, at ANY age!!! It's stuff like this when I read of an idiot doc I can hardly contain myself from not posting.

    Did you discuss any post-op pain control before surgery? That is appaulling that he/she has made you suffer. Pain meds after surgery aside from helping the pain obviously they also help us rehab!!

    I agree with Mitzi 100% it's time to get to a pain mgmnt doc and get some help. Call and see if you need a referral sometimes you don't, sometimes it has to do w/insurance reasons. If you have a regular general medical doc they can do a referral, it doesn't have to be the surgeon.

    Bless your heart hold on and you WILL find some help.
    Good luck and let us know how you're doing.
  • You and I must share the same doctor! It really sucks that they won't listen to you and choose to let you live in your pain. My angry (at doctors) thoughts are with you...
  • I had an endoscopic microD done last december for an annular tare and that surgery was also failed. I, much like you would never have had the surgery done if I had known that I would be worse. My PM doc did my surgery and I am thankful that he is not arrogant like lots of surgeons and believes that I am still in pain and continues to treat me. But, I can very much relate to how angry that you are and I think that you should be warned of the surgery possibly making the pain worse. My doc has told me not to even consider a fusion unless I am unable to move because of the failure rate. He has also warned me that ADR has not been perfected and that he would in no way consider that. Good luck to you and I hope that you find relief soon.
    BTW- My solution has been opiates which has ben pretty successful. It may be something to think about.
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  • I hope you're looking for another Dr. and get an MRI. You need pain meds. Be tenacious and find a Dr. who'll find out what's going on. You shouldn't be suffering so much. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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    Thank you all for taking the time to reading my "venting" words.. I just dont understand these dr's who spend the time and money to go to college learn this profession and start the practice to TREAT people.. The DR that I had was an EXTREMLY intelligent man. He basically PAVED a road of gold in describing the surgery...
    His own daughter had the same surgery he performed on me a week to the day that I had mine. SHE is 19 years old were I am 29. During one of my exams she called him and he told her that he would get the brace for her back. I had my surgery on a friday afternoon at 4:30, I was released at 8:30 the next morning. HE DIDNT EVEN RELEASE ME HIS ASSOCIATE DID!! I asked what I should and should not do, if I needed a brace, the associate told me that he really couldnt tell me all I could do and he called my dr right there and asked about the brace and my DR SAID I DIDNT NEED A BRACE. At my post-op I asked again about a brace, due to the fact that I had such a rough time with the recovery he still said NNNOOO..... Im tired of these idiots.. Yesterday a friend gave me a website to take a look at. I did and its the medical board website so that you can research your dr. I did and my surgeon that had the impecable background has had not one but 2 malpractice suits against him. WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO?? HAS ANYONE ELSE GONE THROUGH THIS?STILL IN PAIN, AND IN TALKING TO SOME FRIENDS THEY HAVE TOLD ME THAT ME BEING A MALE AND BEING 29 (30 IN APRIL) ITS GOING TO BE REALLY HARD FOR ME TO FIND A Pain Mgmt Doc.. WHAT IS IT WITH THIS AGE CRAP? AND BEING MALE? I DONT UNDERSTAND THIS AT ALL.... SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME UNDERSTAND THIS!!!!!!!!!
  • dude I feel ya I had surgery at 18 and have had pain my whole twenties imp 30 now I had 2 discs partially removed now my mid upper back feels like a drill is going through me 24/7 been on pain meds for 7 years wife thinks imp gonna leave her a widow. I don't know wtf to do either so don't feel alone
    I was in top shape for 2 years after steroid use to see if that would help. I felt a little better but pain was always there no changes. I get sick of hearing I dam addicted I could flush all this shit if I did not hurt. God I would give to feel like I did at 16 again! not to mention I have bone spurs in my low back my right leg is numb in 2005 I had 6 months of pure hell ! my sciatic nerve was crushed somehow and I had a charleyhores for 6 months straight! the pain was brutal!! I could not even tap my foot due to nerve damage or lift myself up on my toes. I still walk with a limp can you believe this pain pales in comparison with my upper back pain!!! Alright take it easy
  • dont feel to bAD my operating doctor refused to see me when my work comp insurance account was dried up. i offered cahs he still said no
  • :* :H I've had back pain for 6 years, the past 2 being severe. I'm 21 years old/93 on the inside 8} . I, too, get the 'you're too young for this and that' speech. Even though I have a hard time with docs, I still get more meds than some people. I've heard from many people older and younger than me that have the same problem. My soon-to-be former doc says I'm too young to have this pain but obviously believes me because he gives me a relatively high amount of the med I take. He thinks that because I'm younger than his average patient, I should deal with it, suck it up, and not let it stop me from doing anything ~X( . For the record, I have a protruded disc at L5-S1 and nerve problems, many nerve problems :sick: . I did gymnastics and tae kwon do for many years, so I think overuse/many injuries over time is how I started my problem. Since I still have a ton of pain, although not the added complication of surgery, I can relate to what you are going though. Other than the great ideas already offered to you, I try to sing in my head while doing ANYTHING to distract me from the pain. I can get lost in things like counting while I walk so it makes it a bit easier to cope. I notice that if my mind is busy even if my body isn't, time goes faster and I have a tiny bit less time to think of ways to remove my body from the waist down!!! =)) =)) =)) I'm here, I'm very caring and I would never judge, so send me a note if you need to chat or if you need a distraction...
    Much love and understanding :* ,
    Lisa
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