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Hi my name is Tina I have been in chronic back pain since Feb 20 2007 I remember this day cause not only was it the day that changed my life forever it was also my daughters birthday! I was a back seat passenger with no seat belt. We were hit from behind about 45 mph (we were at a dead stop) when we were hit we were then knocked into two other cars as well so I was like popcorn popping in the back seat. I had a ruptured disc from the accident. After lots of physical therapy, pain pills, and chiropractic care I was finally referred to a Neurosurgeon it was he who found out I had a ruptured disc along with nerve damage to my Lower spine. He referred me out to a Orthopaedic surgeon who took one look at my MRI and stated that I needed a fusion at L4 L5 I was scared I left his office thinking I am going to do everything in my power to make this pain go away with out surgery the thought of some one cutting on my back was not an option in my book!! NO WAY!! Well 2 yrs went by and the pain was starting to get so bad I was having a hard time doing simple tasks around the house going to work ect. I finally gave in and scheduled my surgery. July 2009 I went in and had the fusion done post surgery was the most excrusiating pain I had ever experienced (even worse than natural child birth) He assured me everything would get better!!! Well here I am almost 2 year post surgery and I continue to get worse everyday simple things like dishes laundry vaccuuming and driving are so debilitating I can barely get through. I have been on a long list of pain pills that I have had no luck with I am now taking percocet 10/325 2 prn 4-6 hrs. It seems to take the edge off but not for long. In the approx 2 yr post op I have had several different kinds of injections, spinal stimulators, physical therapy and aqua therapy and unfortunately have had NO relief at all. The depression is now starting to set in with the fact that I can no longer do the things I used to do and no matter how hard I try I am not going to be able to as well!! I have four wondrful children two are grown and out of the house but I still have 2 here and I think that my 10 yr old suffers the worst. She does not understand what is happening to her mommy why there are days she can not get out of bed. Do things with her. Go outside and jump on the trampoline with her ride ect..... My primary Dr is sending me to a pain manangement dr. she has sent over my record and he will be calling me with an appointment as soon as he goes over everything. I have not given up the fight yet however I am beginning to think that there is no light at the end of the tunnel I am 38 yrs old and it is hard for me to comprehend that this could be the end of life as I knew it. I have tried to stay possitive but no matter what I avoid doing the pain is still there rearing its ugly head every morning when I wake up. I am greatful everyday that I have found this site. Not only are the people here in the forums a god send, I also spend alot of time in the chat. It is so good to see that I am not alone and they treat me with dignity and respect and understand what I am going through and do their best to keep my chin up. AND I THANK YOU FOR THAT. I have never been really religious but I do believe the people on here are gifts from heaven and are my guardian angels that have been sent to save me. Just when I thought I could not take one more day of this I found all of you here and I am greatful. So for all of you newbies (newer than me) This site is well worth your time spent. I am living proof.
Thank you so much to all of my guardian angels for if it not for you I do not know where I would be today!!