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Having a Bad day!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I need to vent....

I am hag a bad day, pain 10/10

I am 3 months post 3rd surgery. I was feeling a little better, having stopped PT to rest my very irritible nerves in my back.
I got stuck in my car yesterday...nasty road crash diverted traffic and added an unforeseen 15 minutes on my journey.
I am gutted at how that has made my pain come back with a vengence, almost like pre-surgery.

I don'y have any disc's anymore so why does it hurt so bad? I know driving is bad for Lumbar spines but 35 minutes in a car isn't excessive.

I'm so upset. :''(

I have maxed out on all my pain meds again. One step forward and back again. Surely I will get my life back? I do nothing now, and as soon as I try and push the nothing boundary out the damn nerves flare off.

OK, rant over. Any helpful tips?
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  • Sorry about your bad day. It doesn't take long for me to hurt from driving or even being a passenger in a car. I know all about the 1 step forward, 3 steps back dance. It never fails when it comes to back problems. At 3 months post op I started PT but it quickly went sour. Are you totally out of meds, and have you asked for a refill?
  • I have a pretty good regime going, I titrate the doasge and add is required but when it is like this nothing much helps.
    I have the insane urge to scold my back (Don't know why) and hit it, hard.

    I have been so patient, will it never end?

    Another question - My nerve thing in my back goes off really quickly. Like it is positional except I am not aware of exactly what I do to set it off. Has anyone else experienced this and any ideas how I could switch it off?

    Thanks fellow spineys - hope you all feel better than me.
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  • I have a pretty good regime going, I titrate the doasge and add is required but when it is like this nothing much helps.
    I have the insane urge to scold my back (Don't know why) and hit it, hard.

    I have been so patient, will it never end?

    Another question - My nerve thing in my back goes off really quickly. Like it is positional except I am not aware of exactly what I do to set it off. Has anyone else experienced this and any ideas how I could switch it off?

    Thanks fellow spineys - hope you all feel better than me.
  • Hello Itsalongwalk,

    WOW do you ever bring back memories with that. Is it in your very lower back, almost your butt? That's where mine was. I had no idea when I would get zapped. I could never figure out what movement set it off. Mine was almost like an electrical shock. I remember that I basically had to slowly walk it off. Thank goodness it never went off when I was on the ladder finishing work on our windows.

    Physical therapy helped me. My therapist said I had like a big knot back there. She really worked on it.

    Sound familar?

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Somehow I hope you get relief from your horrid pain.

    Take care.

    RichT

  • someone described it as the ugly pain - both works well!!

    I have stopped the PT as that felt like it did more bad than good. This buzzing thing has gone on for ages. After each of my 3 surgeies it settles but comes back.
    I feel like the lid off a ressure cooker after surgery, dispite the immediate surgery pain. Then I go back to this...Like tinnitus in my back / leg. It is lower, coccyx and leg. But I get a winded feeling in thoratic spine area - I want to hit myself hard.
    Weird.

    Mine last for days. Deep heat helps for 2 seconds! LOL!
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  • Hello Itsalongwalk,

    OUCH!!!! Lasting for days is totally different than my "zap". Have you sought out the opinions from several neurosurgeons?

    Take care.

    RichT
  • Go to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and get yourself this thing called a Back Joy. It is not a cushion -- it looks like a scoop for your butt to fit in. You sit on the edge of the seat, get your butt into the Back Joy, then scoot back into the seat. It sort of holds you up so your posture is better and the bottom of your spine stays out of contact with your seat. My cousin, a nurse, recommended it to me. I thought she was a bit nuts, and I really didn't think it did all that much for me until I took a long drive (over half an hour) without it. I was in AGONY!! This thing really does work. Google it -- you'll probably find a video on it. The cheapest price seems to be BB&B.

    Linda

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • I know that I get so mad when I drive, and especially when there is a traffic delay. It's like I get mad at all the other drivers....don't they know I'm in pain and need to get home as soon as possible???

    I hope you can figure out what is causing this pain, and how to get rid of it.
  • I am there with ya. We are at the same point from our revisions. I don't feel a ounce different then before I went in or even before the first surgery.
    Guess I am stuck with it. I do not though have any leg pain or nerve pain anywhere.
    I just want to crack my back in half and ask for a brand new spine <:P <br />
    Hang in there!! I'm going to pain managment on the 21st to get some relief while still healing!!! Oh and a used treadmill for this winter, as its turning out to be not such a great one...

    Keep us up to date on how ya feel!!
    xoxoxox
  • I know what you mean!! I get so much anxiety when I get stuck in traffic, even as a passenger. We have heated seats (on purpose!) and I keep them turned on to help with the back spasms.

    I rarely drive, but recently needed to pick my son up at work just a few blocks from home. He wasn't ready when I got there, and probably had to wait 15 minutes. I suffered for 3 days getting over that!!

    I haven't tried it yet since getting my SCS on Monday as I can't drive until after my stitches are out this Monday and the doctor clears me. Plus they say no driving with the spinal cord stimulator turned on. BUT, once I get home and that nerve pain flares, I will get to turn on the SCS and jack it up, hopefully blocking out the nerve pain. This things is so awesome and I really recommend it if your doctor eventually thinks you are a good candidate.

    Of course, there are tests (EMG for one) and others that patients go through before doctors admit "Yep, it's permanent nerve damage". They seem to prefer to just keep saying "give it time, nerves take time to heal". While we suffer. Ugh. I'll try not to get on my soapbox!!

    Do you feel any better today? I hope it calms down soon.

    ( ( HUGS) )

    Cheri
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