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Another newbie currently in PM

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello everyone!

I am so glad to have found this site!

My name is Kristi, and I am 34 years old.

I initially injured my back jumping in a swimming pool back in 1997.

I do NOT know why it happened...I just know when I broke the water, I felt the top part of my lower back go right, and the bottom go left, and I could not move my legs for about 30 seconds, and I had to swim to the side of the pool with just my arms.

When I did regain use of my legs, I had to stand like a caveman...my body bent forward, and my knees bent...if I erected myself to a normal position, it felt like lightning shooting out the top of my head and the bottoms of my feet.

I have dealt with the symptoms of the slipped disc about every 3 years or so, and then I would seek out the help of my chiropractor to get me back in line.

This time, it wasn't working, so I had an MRI done which now shows 2 discs slipped (L-4/L-5) and a lot of arthritis and degenerative disc disease going on.

I have a very high pain tolerance, which makes me almost impossible to treat chiropractically (he says I have the highest pain tolerance he's ever seen in his working career), and when it got to be too much, I sought out a PM clinic.

Now, I have had a cortisone injection, and feel marvelous...except for the fact of knowing that my x-rays show what looks like 2 tiers of a wedding cake toppling over for vertebrae. LOL

I have another injection this Monday to prepare for a nerve ablation.

I am blessed with the pain tolerance, which I will admit I do abuse in lieu of taking medicine, because even the most mild medication will knock me out for HOURS up to a day (like the ultram I have is doing now...take one, out for 12 hours).

Anyway, I tried to keep it as short and sweet as possible...but there is "me" in a nutshell, and I look forward to getting to know all of you and to begin lending my ears to those who are in the same boat.



  • I hope things go well for your ablation. I wonder if that would be helpful for me. I've had only 2 epidurals, and trigger point injections. I don't feel this pain Dr. has anything else for me and I will mention to my Family Dr. on Friday this Dr. doesn't even use flouroscopy, I don't think he even does ablation. Thanks for sharing. See you around. 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
  • It is great to hear that you are finding relief through the injections. I have had very good luck with the rhizotomy and hope that you will too. Good luck and keep us posted.
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  • Hi Kristi, and welcome!
    I have slipped discs too, injured while on the job. I had 3 epidurals under fluroscopy and it helped me a lot. I have pain every now and then, at least on a scale of 4/10. Life goes on, I still drive, etc... but no more riding the roller coaster with my kids whenever we go to disneyland or legoland, or to any amusement park. I usually just enjoy myself taking their pictures/looking at them having fun.
    Again, welcome and thanks for sharing with us.
  • Welcome to the board >:D< .

    I also have a bad disk too. Meds do make me zonk right out also, but I take tramadol and it doesn't make me tired?! The percocet is really a knocker for me! LOL. I am sure that you will like it here. Welcome!!!

  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry you are dealing with chronic pain. ~X( you seem to be doing all the right things. you are blessed to have a high pain tolerance. good luck with your future pain treatments. i hope they continue to give you relief. Jenny :)
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