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Hello everyone! This is my first time posting on a forum about my back problems. The first time I was told I had any problems with my back was in 2005, and since then have had numerous MRI's and visited many doctors trying to find someone who will want to do more than just give me drugs for my problem. I have finally found a doctor that actually understands how much pain I am in and that I need to get something done so that I can have an active role in my childrens lives.
Currently the Dr. has determined that I have a herniated disc at L5-S1, which is pinches the nerves on the left side. He also told me that I have DDD, does anyone know if there is anything that you can do to prevent further damage to other discs in the spine?
My current medications are Oxycodone ER 20 mg- one tablet every 12 hours and then Hydrocodone 7.5/500 four times daily as needed for breakthrough pain. The only thing is I have noticed that these extended release oxycodone do not actually work for 12 hours, at least not for me. I have been dealing with living with pain 4 years now and I would love to be able to wake up just one day without being in pain.
In 2008 I went in for the epidural injections and all that managed to do was put me in more pain, after getting the injections twice I was referred to a neurosurgeon. The first one I went to told me that I have two options. Either go in and shave down the bone that is pressing on the nerves, or go in for major surgery to remove the disc and replace it with a cage and then do a bone graft. We left there debating on what surgery I wanted to do, but when I received a bill from them with another patients billing included on my statement I decided that I wanted a second opinion. I just don't feel comfortable having someone open up my back that can't even bill me correctly. I currently have an appointment with another surgeon at the end of February.
I look forward to being able to discuss my back problems with others that understand what it is like to deal with the daily pain that I deal with.
Thanks for listening, sorry it was so long.