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hangingonhhangingon Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi, I am a 44 year old woman. I had c3,c4&c5 fused with metal and bone 4 years ago. The surgery was a total success. In fact I came out of the OR with NO pain!

2 years later my lower back started hurting (no specific reason). I went to my pain specialist as I did before my neck surgery. He did a procedure where he ran radio(something) into my back to kill the nerves.

Since that procedure my pain has worsened significantly and I have almost constant muscle spasms. The pain runs from my buttocks down the back of both legs. The left leg pain ends before the knee while the right leg pain ends mid calf.

He ordered an MRI after I finally went back to him this month. He read the MRI and said nothing was wrong and he couldn't help me anymore!

I currently take naproxen RX 2x a day
gabapentin 300mg 3x a day
methocarbamol 7**mg 3x a day prn
ambien 10mg at bedtime prn

I have tried pt but couldn't take the pain. I was on hydrocodone and flexeril and my new md took me off them because the hydrocodone was addictive and the flexeril could be abused.

I have never abused my meds and they didn't work anymore than the ones I am currently on do.

I have been very depressed and bone tired. I still work my 40 a week, very poorly. I am constantly moving for my job. My thoughts are getting darker as is my personality. All I can think about is my pain and before I do ANYTHING I ask myself...how much will this hurt.

I am going to a different Dr. Monday to ask for stronger meds and a referral to a neurologist.

Any insights, helpful hints or words of encourgment are appreciated.

Thanks in advance,


  • I can really empathize. I struggled from the time I was 40 with increasing pain in my neck and back. At that time I was told I was not appropriate for surgery. I did the pain management and PT and meds. I had MRIs periodically, and this year (at 52) I was told I needed surgery very soon (which I had in May). I wound up going on long term disability 3 times and this last time I was approved by Social Security disability. The pain, fatigue and depression all became severe.

    I strongly recommend getting help for the depression. Pain, fatigue and depression feed off each other and increase the others. If you can break the cycle, or lessen it, it may help.

    Take care, and others understand how difficult this all can be.
    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • KarenD, I feel for you. My mother had surgery for stenosis 3 years ago and she is still in terrible pain. I agree that the chronic pain causes depression. I forgot to mention I am on Effexor too.

    It doesn't seem to help, but I am trying to take pro-active steps to get the help I need. Right now disability sounds good, but I don't think I can do it. I need money too badly to not work. Hopefully I won't be eating those words later. :S

    I hope you can find some relief from your pain too. Looks like I found the right site for this topic.

    Take care, my prayers are with you.
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  • I wish you well with your new doctor! Hopefully he can help you more then the last one. Did you see your mri that the doctor read to you? I had an experience with a doctor who told me that my mri was fine and he didn't know what my problem was and all along there was significant stenosis in my spine and three herniated discs flattening my spinal cord. Doctors don't always tell the truth and i don't understand what they think they will accomplish by saying nothing is wrong especially if there is. Please make sure you get copies of your tests that you get done,if the doctor tells you there isn't a thing wrong then at least you can have him explain to you everything that is said on the report.
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