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I am a 36 year old father of three and have been married to my wonderful wife for 17 years as of last Saturday. I am just posting my first message but I have been reading the forums for the last 6 months as a way of dealing with the effects of my pain. I had a posterior/anterior 3-disc (L4-L5-S1)fusion back in Feb 2004. I went thru the whole ordeal trying to avoid my fusion but nothing seemed to work. At the time, I lived in Anchorage, Alaska and the PM doc was a nice guy but he had me on so many different drugs that there is a 6-12 month period after my surgery that I don't remember a whole lot. To make a long story short, my family and I moved back home to Oklahoma in 2004. For the last 2 years, the pain has started to get worse. I have been seing a PM doctor for almost a year now and he seems to know what he is doing.
I just went thru the SCS trial but they were unable to get any relief in my lower back. 90 percent of my pain is in my lower back. They implanted 3 leads (one for each leg and one just under the skin in my lower back.) The lead in my lower back had to be clipped because it felt like it was burning me when I turned it on. The doctor and the ANS guy said that it was due to the excess scar tissue. They were unable to adjust the program to give me any type of lower back relief so I will not have the permanent SCS put in. This really bummed me out. I am supposed to go see a nuerologist some time next month because the PM thinks that my L3 may have ruptured which would be the cause of the increased pain that I am been experiencing. I am currently on methadone 10mg/3 x day, Lyrica 75mg / 2 x day, Baclogen 10 mg / 3 x day.
I want to thank everyone for all the useful information that I have read over the course of the last 6-9 months.