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I'm back after a long absence

j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,745
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in Chronic Pain
I haven't been on here at all lately. I just didn't feel like I had anything positive to contribute anymore. I had a serious pain spike that would not go away. It only got worse and led to depression. My feet were on fire and the BEAST was biting my lower back and just wouldn't let go.
I had just had a c.t. myelogram in DEC. and it showed problem's above my last surgery. At L,1- L-2, and also at L-1, T-12. But not that bad. And certainly not requiring surgery. I thought maybe I was just crazy. And there was something going on subconsciously. But I definitely didn't think my life was worth living, for me and everyone around me. I think 25 years of chronic pain and 7 surgeries will do that to you! I get one fused and a year give or take the next one degenerates. Get that one fused and same thing. So another fusion. and on and on.
so I went to my p.m. Dr. and requested a couple of esi's and to be referred back to my surgeon. I had been denied the esi's 5 times already.
Well they denied them again but did approve a appointment with my surgeon. He did 2 ex-rays, and a ex-ray with flection. He said I had drastic changes and kept pulling up the c.t. from Dec. and comparing them to the ex-rays we had today ( last Mon.) And said to look at the difference. And there was no need for another myelogram. It was clear I had blown out the next two above. And that he would have to redo L-5 as well.
well I wasn't happy about another surgery. But good to know I wasn't crazy. So he said they have 20 days by state law to either approve or deny the surgery. We shall see!
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You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!


  • Wow sorry to hear that Jim, Welcome back, I thought i blew a disc above my adr/fusion becsuse pain got so out of control here also. But they said nope it looks fine,

    I can understand being away when pain is out of control, i do the same thing,

    Good luck. Hopefully they can fix you up again, None of this is easy eh?
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • Jim,

    Good your back, but not good for the reason your back. At least you know your body. Hopefully the insurance won't take to long to give you a answer. I am the same as you, when the pain is high don't spend to much time on here, to hard to concentrate. So many of us understand that reason, all to well and do the same. Keep us posted on how you get along with the approval.
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  • I feel SO bad for you!!!!!!! :hug:

    Some times my pain drives me into such a mixture of depression, anger etc that I think my user name should be "pleading insanity" ;)

    Reading your post tonight is odd as I just this evening had a long talk with my Dr about fusion surgery and he said that with all that is wrong with me that I am looking at getting all the L's fused (not sure he said what they can do about fusing s, not sure why I think I need to pay more attention to the physics of this stuff) but he added that I will hernate above the L and then get that fused, and it will just keeping going.

    So I am confused now if the talk was to talk me into or out of the surgery lol

    But reading your history along with others here I do see now that this does happen often to people with fusions.

    How can your insurance NOT approve you for surgery with all this going on?
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • Ugh! Sorry to hear you are having a tough time. While none of us wish to have these problems, it IS nice to be validated and to know it's not in your head. Hang in there and keep on keepin' on!
  • Seeing your name makes me smile~ remembering how much support you gave "us" a year ago when I was lost- feeling scared and facing my first fusion.
    Now it is our turn to support you!

    I'm sorry your journey continues... But we are here to support you thru this. Ruby slippers and all. :)
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  • Sorry that you need surgery again and I hope that insurance approves it right away.

    I know you've had awful unrelenting pain since you rescued that boy that day at the racetrack. I hope you get some relief soon and praying for you and thinking positive thoughts. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • So good to see you back here again, but not good that you're facing MORE surgery.

    When one's been in pain for a long time, it's natural to be depressed, and very hard to be encouraging to others - we understand.

    Can't understand why you've been refused ESI's all those times.

    Do let us know how you're going and we'll help you get through it.



    XLIF L2-4 20.8.15
    ALIF L4/5 2009
    Laminectomy/discectomy L4/5 2008
  • Welcome back Jim,

    Sorry your having such a terrible time lately. It will get better. I will be sending good vibes your way.


  • You have always been an amusing support to others in trouble.

    I am so sorry to hear that you are suffering so much again.

    We can't change your problems (wish I could be the white witch and do just that for you), but we can be here for you and offer understanding and support.

    Hoping that you hang around and let us try to make you feel a bit more upbeat.


  • Nice to see you again but sorry you've been having such a rough time. I'm very sorry to hear that you're needing to have another surgery. Sometimes it seems like it never ends with us spineys.

    Don't worry about not being around to help others, you have to take care of yourself right now. We'll be here to support you, of course, whenever you can get on to keep us posted.

    I don't know if helping that boy started you down this path, but I do remember the old saying: "No good deed goes unpunished." Hmmph.

    We miss you, my friend, but unhappy that you're going through so much.
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