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  • I posted before I read the rules. Sorry. Was just happy I found this site.
  • Hello,
    This is not my first time to the site but the first time I have registered and commented. I have had two cervical fusions, 5-6 and 6-7 in 01 and 03. I have also had a lumbrr hemi-laminectomy about 4 years ago. 2 and a half years ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Now I am having symptoms of another "bad" disc, with pain in my neck, left shoulder and upper arm and pins and needles sensation in my right arm down into thumb. I am on Cymbalta, baclofen, meloxicam, simvastin, levothyroxine, gabapentin, hydrocodone as needed and methocarbamol as needed. I am looking for answers or experiences concerning the "masking" of serious problems due to pain meds. My primary care dr. is wonderful and has ordered an MRI and is suspicious of adjacent disc disorder. He is hoping I don't have to fail physical therapy first. Sorry to ramble but I am worried about being a hypochondric as well as worried I will have to have an additional surgery. My daughter is getting married in July and I don't want to mess around and then have someone say oh you need surgery and either be miserable for her wedding or have a cervical collar adorn my dress.
    Thank you and I look forward to learning from this site as well as contributing if I can.
    always wondering.....
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  • thinking about surgery have questions how long hosptial stay will I have 2 have some1 stay with me when Icome home thanks
  • VickyVVicky Posts: 7
    edited 02/21/2013 - 4:26 PM
    Wish I had read this first.. Sorry I was totally lost.. Thanks I'll explore this site more before I post all over the place lol..
  • Hi everyone. I stumbled upon this site approximately 10 months ago as I was getting ready for my C5-C6 ACDF. I haven't posted anything just reading mostly. Despite my denial about me being a chronic painer... I have finally accepted the fact that I will have pain issues for the rest of my life. I guess I should change my user name... since I haven't ran for over a year and a half ;) It's good to know that there is forum such as this to where I can share and find support from people who have gone through and is going through similar experiences. As much as I love and appreciate my family and friends, sometimes it's good to hear "I know exactly what your going through." Support is key when you have a chronic condition. Thanks!
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  • Hi today is my first day on any type of forum anywhere so please bear with me. I had lumbar fusion surgery L5-S1 1/11. To me I think I have done very well-- my neurosurgeon told me to have my GP prescribe any meds I may need. I have worked hard to try and need nothing for pain--if I overdo it and pain is severe I take something stronger than alleve. I frequently have spasps in my legs at night especially if I have been too active--I don't know if this is normal or not. I have been taking 1 flexeril a day at night to help with this problem. My GP is not willing to order any meds--is this realistic for my back issues? I'm really concerned about the spasms. Is there some other professional I should be seeing instead. I'm also developing right hip bursitis. I know how to tolerate pain but I don't think it's normal for me to expect to never have discomfort. I feel like my GP is reacting to many who abuse meds which is not my history. If anyone has any ideas I would be receptive.
  • I am going to have a Decompression of L4/L5 in May. Looking for any info and advice on it and what to expect. The surgeon said that the disc is pinching nerve root and caousing the low back and leg pain. As well as the numb leg feeling. They tell me they will cut away the part of the disc that is protruding and open the canal as it is becoming very narrow. Every thing I have seen has talked about fusing the two joints together, I don't think that iswhat they have in mind for me.
    I've been suffering with this since an accident at work back in Oct. of 2011. Yes, the co. insurance wants to drag it out of course
  • English lyonEEnglish lyon Posts: 1
    edited 04/02/2013 - 4:04 AM
    Hello, I just discovered this sight and am looking forward to gaining new info as well as helping through my own experiences. Ihave chronic pain in my back and knees. Both of my knees have total replacements and I had a 3 disc fusion with nerve decompression in my L3-4 through S1. I see a pain specialist and am going to have some treatmens for pain. I live in Las Vegas and most docs won't prescribe Oxycodone. My current doctor is new to me and he has me taking M.S. Contin 60 mg twice with perc 10 for breakthrough pain. So far this regime isn't helping much but he won't adjust the meds until I have my treatments. I look forward to meeting many of you..............
  • This is David I am new at this forum
  • Hi, Im Colin and live in Leicester
    I'm 44 and have chronic lower back pain
    Just introducing myself
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