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claudiacclaudia Posts: 167
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Lower Back Pain
WELL, MY ATTORNEY FINALLY RECEIVED, THE REPORT FROM MY SECOND OPINON, WHICH HAPPENS TO BE THE DOCTOR THEY HAD ME SEE FOR AND IME EXAMINE, GO FIGURE AND HE SAID I NEED SURGERY HE RECOMMENDS AN L-2 L-3 L-3 L4, REVISION OF L4-L5 NOT SURE ABOUT S-1 AGAIN,I THINK THERE IS ONE PROB L-2L-3 THAT IS SMALL NOT BAD AT ALL BUT HE SAID I SHOULD FIX NOW INSTEAD OF LATER, I DO NOT THINK I WANT TO DO THAT, IT HAS BEEN 3 WEEK TO A MONTH AND THEY FINALLY SENT THE REPORT, THE PAIN IS GETTING SO BAD CAN HARDLY SLEEP, @ 2 IN THE MORNING I AWAKE WITH PAIN I CAN HARDLY MAKE IT TO THE KITCHEN TO GET MY MEDS I DO THEN I SIT TIL THEY KICK IN. I AM FINDING HARD NOW TO DRIVE AND WHEN OR IF I HAVE TO GO TO THE STORE THE CONCRETE KILLS ME!! THE PAIN IS ALL OVER STANDING IN THE KITCHEN TO COOK, IS GETTING WORSE, COULD IT BE THE COLD WEATHER? WHO KNOWS,the pain is shifting to both sides now and sometimes my knees doc says the knees is from my back pain i said to him i think i need a knee re-placement!!The pain in my left and right buttocks is so much worse,this is worse than it was before my first surgery....i dont know what to do how long do i have to wait 3 doctors now said i need a revision and a level higher, i just want the maddness to go away ,so i can go on with my life....i do try to walk for 45 min but that is also getting harder to do!!

On Nov 21 06, I had an L-4 L-5 S-1. had a spinal stimulator trial, and pre-alt tons of injections but doc says i have so much scar tissue that injections will not help me !!


  • I feel for you very much and I'm sure the cold weather doesn't help. Sounds like you still do a lot even with your pain. Will more down time help? How about more rest, naps, heat, help?

    When I had my first neck operation the pain was horrifc and surgery scared me, but I thought it can't be worse then this and I rather have them cut off the nerve and have a useless arm than the pain. I know it is different in your case because it's your legs, so I am not comparing my issue with yours, but I did the operation and it was a success for almost 10 years. Now it's come back, and I insisted on surgery instead of waiting for the pain to return.

    I wish you luck and if you elect to do the surgey-make the effort and take the time to research and find the best surgeon with the best track record and a good hospital.
  • Yes, you need a REALLY GOOD DOC! I went ahead and did surgery on my neck injury other than trying injections there the pain was so bad, and I had to get a fix, not a bandaid. I'm glad i did as it helped a lot, but I have a great surgeon.
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  • Yes i guess i do alot, because i refuse to let this nasty pain get the best of me, i try to take naps but cannot sleep?

    oh my legs i am like now my knees, but i almost at times feel like crawling on the kit floor but i am hunthced back.and get my meds sit and drink my coffee,about an hour later i walk i guess i feel like i have to stay active!! i know it will be easier when i do have the surgery, i feel like i have a good surge my pain specialist recommened him. i saw 3 or 4 time i feel comfortable, also i will have the surgery at the hospital of my choice with my pain specialist which is the anasteiolgst, very happy bout that i guess 90 percent of the surgery is when they put u to sleep.wow your pain back after 10 years mine was a lil over a year after surgery, after all the test they finally found the problems
  • Actually can be caused by problems with your back. When you have pain in your back it makes you walk differently which can and will make your knees and ankles hurt. I have arthritic knees and when I have a bad flare up with my back it makes my knees hurt worse. I thought that my doc was nuts when he told me this but it actually does coincide with my back pain. Something I found that helps me with standing in the kitchen is rubber mats. You can buy rubber floor mats but they can be costly. I got a couple of exercise mats and fold them up to stand on. It really helps. Good luck and please keep us posted.
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