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LynnsterLLynnster Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:00 AM in New Member Introductions
I thought I would go ahead and introduce myself. Everyone calls me Lynn, hence the username. I was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis and spinal stenosis in 2005. I am not sure what happened to me to get this condition. I went to bed one night after working out with my trainer at the gym and woke up nearly unable to get out of bed because of extreme pain. I immediately went to the clinic and they took x-rays. At that time they said it was mild so I did physiotherapy/heating pad/tylenol etc.

As the years went on, the condition just became worse and worse until January 2009 when I was nearly unable to use my right let. I had to drag it along and the sciatica/back pain/depression etc. was unbearable. I was scheduled for a fusion and laminectomy within two weeks of seeing the neurosurgeon. The surgery gave me my leg back and took the sciatica away but has done nothing for my back pain or the aching butt/legs. I also cannot stand for more than ten minutes at a time, walk very far, or do any of the things I used to enjoy doing. I guess many of us have these issues.

I finally got into the pain management clinic this week thank goodness. They had a cancellation and asked if I could come in. So now I finally have people that are willing to listen and totally understand what I'm going through. They are upbeat and so encouraging that I nearly cried when I left.

Anyway, I am getting long winded here. The medications that I am on at the moment are Fentanyl patch 25 and 12 for a total of 37, hydromorphone 2 mg as needed, gabapentin 300 3 times a day, and Imovane for sleep. I am sure this will change since right now we are just trying different things to see what works and what doesn't. I am in Canada so I apologize if the names of meds are different than what they are called in other parts of the world.

Thanks so much for letting me share. Have a happy relatively pain free evening.


  • hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am so happy that you have found a pain management clinic that works for you!! this can really turn your life around!! good luck with the process!! please have a look around the forum and make yourself at home!! there is plenty of information available on the site.. you will also find this a terrific place to make new friends,there is plenty of understanding and care here...stop by anytime! there is always a spiney around! Jenny :)
  • Hi Lynn, welcome. Sorry to hear of what brought you here, but glad you found us, there is some good Spineys and much support and wisdom here on Spine-Health.

    I have Spondy/Stenosis/Scoliosis with DDD in both Cervical/Thoracic (priority 1) and Lumbar (priority 2).

    Like you I have just gotten into getting support for the first time from Pain Management group and find it a very good step and quite supportive. I did years of dealing with little medication, but being in the seasoned Spiney phase, post surgery DDD progressing more levels thru-out spine + MVA's I've graduated to chronic pain phase & requiring more and glad I found a good Pain Management group in a Univ.Med Center about 40 mi from where I live.

    Hope to hear more of what your Pain Management support is and how it helps you. My first appt. with Pain Management Dr. this week; quite timely with MVA last Thursday !
    Will see Spine Pain specialist they'll work in tandem. Physical therapy treatments including heated pool aquatherapy looking forward to.

    Well glad you found us & look forward to chatting more with you. Best to you with your Pain Management appointments !

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