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Back pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello, :H I am a 37 year old white male 5' 10" 203lbs. I have been haveing back problems for 13 yrs. The pain has gotten to the point of unbearable within the past year and half. I have had an M.R.I. and regular ex-rays. I have been diagnosed with sever degenerative disc disease and mild spinal stenosis. I have meet with one doctor a neurosurgeon he wants to a spinal fuion. I do not. So for now I am seeing a pain managment specialist. I have had three rounds of quartazone injections, that have not helped at all. He has put me on pain pills, Tramadol. Now I am schedualed the do a nerve burn procedure 11/17/08 in hopes to give me some pain relief. I have also seen a chiropractor as well. He wants me to do some decompretion table tratments, I dont now if it will do any good but I'll give it a shot. everone tells me I need surgery. Well I can not do surgery because I can not take that much time off work and still keep roof over my families head, but I'am to the point were it is getting hard to function with the pain. I'am at a loss I dont no what to do.


  • It sounds like you are doing everything in the right order. There are no guarantees with surgery that it will help your pain so it is always best to try every conservative treatment first. Maybe you will have some luck with the nerve burn. It has always worked well for me. The members here are very good at answering any questions that they can and being supportive. Just remember that we are all chronic pain sufferers just like you and not qualified to give medical advice. Good luck to you and please keep us posted.

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  • :) 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 having chronic pain. it can take awhile to find treatments which may give you some relief. you are doing what you can by moving forward with each procedure. please be patient and give yourself a chance at recovery through conservative measures. i would be really careful using a chiropractor. are you doing any pt? by the way, please think of getting a second opinion if surgery is your final option. :? good luck and please keep us posted! Jenny :)
  • I've been off work since february and I'm trying 2nd opinion Pain management Dr. and it will be my 2nd opinion Ortho surgeon in January. Did the NeuroSurgeon do tests to rule out any damage to the nerves? That would be a reason for surgery. Other than that I would go for a second opinion for surgery or even 3rd opinion. Of course that's just from what I know and it is in no way medical advice. 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
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