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Worst Leg Pain in my Life

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,322
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Chronic Pain
Since my discectomy last month BOTH legs are killing me. I have never been in so much pain in my entire life. Never has pain broken me down to a sobbing blob throughout the day. Never, have I ever felt this bad. We have a large family, and my parents moved in with us, so this "conidtion" of mine is affecting a lot of people on a daily basis. It's so bad, there's not a place you could touch on either leg that doesn't have pain. It starts at my navel and goes down both legs and it's constant. I'm up to 100 mg of vicodin a day, and I still cry from the pain. The backs of my legs are the worst, like stiff hamstrings. I tried taking a bath today but it hurts sitting in the tub. A friend of mine called today and asked how I was and I broke down and started bawling. I had no control over my sobs, and that has only gotten worse. I'm scared of what I've become. The pain management specialist couldn't get me in until Jan 19, even though I was at the ns office the day after Christmas confiding in him that I had actually contemplated ending it all because the pain is so unbearable (here I go again getting my laptop all messy with tears) My next surgery isn't until Feb. I really need this place, with people who understand chronic debilitating pain. So thanks for reading, and any advice is always welcome.



  • i hear you .and i can sympathise .when i had my second operation {nov07 }i have been just like you .i live in manchester uk i take 320mg of oxycodone and i am still in awful pain .its my right leg .its like someone is crushing it and pouring boiling hot water on it all the time.all i can say to you is see if you can get your med upped and try to rest with your legs up {a lazyboy recliner works well} an an electrically adjustable bed with a good mattress help too.i have been like this for 12 years but over the last 3 years i am now house bound with chronic pain.i am up again because i can't sleep more than 3 hours .if you ever want to chat feel free to email ; me
  • I haven't had this test but have heard how bad it can be. It sounds torturous for you. I'm so sorry! I can't imagine dealing with that day after day not knowing when it will get better and end. Sounds like you have some nerves really ticked off.

    Hang in there and take care,

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  • I do hope you find relief soon...I'm sure it's torturous having to bear what you're going through...try to remember that we're not dealt more than we can handle (although I'm sure it truly feels that way)...see if you can get a med increase and hang in there
  • I'm sorry to hear you are in so much pain. I know what you are going through, after my surgery my left leg wouldn't even move and I was in so much pain I ended up in ER. I even passed out once.
    It took some time, but it did get better. I think the hardest part was emotional. I was so afraid and couldn't help but wonder if I was going to be like that forever.
    If your legs are burning ice does help. Sometimes a warm or hot bath brings my pain levels up. Nerves tend to cause a lot of heat and it sounds as if your nerves are none too happy.
    You might ask the doc for some steroids, or a some type of nerve medication to get them to calm down a bit.
    I have no medical training, only personal experience and those were some of the things that gave me a bit of relief as my body healed.
    I do hope you heal!

    Love and prayers
  • I know what you are going through, I had my discectomy L2-3 on Nov 21 08 and now my leg pain is unbearable sometimes I lay and just cry, I also burn all the way up to my bra strap and feel like I have bricks in my back when I lean against something. I dont know you but I will say a prayer for you because it is a pain that can not even begin to be described!
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  • I'm sending good vibes and healing prayers your way too. It doesn't matter if any of us know each other personally. There is a bond with our pain. Sad, but I'm so glad I've found others like me. I agree, ice packs help me. They are the best after I get dinner started, I say "ice pack" and my 18 month old and 2 year old race to the freezer (it's got the freezer on the bottom) and they both bring me one.
    These are definitely emotional times.
    Thanks for "listening"

  • scinmyheart said:
    ...try to remember that we're not dealt more than we can handle (although I'm sure it truly feels that way)...

    I've been so caught up in my own pain, I've lost sight of the big picture. Thanks for the "grounding" words of encouragement.

  • Yesterday was a much better day. My spirits have improved and I'm getting my hair done today. Maybe next week I'll have my nails done :D It's time for some "me" time OUTSIDE the home. I'm so looking forward to a newer haircut instead of french braids all the time!
    Thanks to all of you who took time to write words of emotional encouragement for me. I appreciate you all!
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