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how did your back pain start?



  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,526
    edited 05/30/2013 - 6:50 AM
    For me, everything started during high school playing 4 years of football. Back in the 60's there was not such thing as conditioning or proper techniques. So, every day we lifted weights as much as we could and as fast as we could. Then when it came to tackling, our instructions was to use your helmet and spear right into the other players helmet! I was a very aggressive football player, it was the only way I knew how to play the game.
    During that time, I had several concussions and knocked out twice. I can always remember getting up from a strong aggressive head tackle. My arms and hands were tingling and stayed number for a good amount of time.. One year of college football and those football days were over.

    At around age 25 I was thrown out of a moving truck and landed on my butt and back. I dont think I ever really recovered from that. Then when I was 28, I was ice skating with a few friends, one turn and my leg gave out and all that was left was shooting pain. Result, Lumbar surgery #1.

    From that point on, it was a matter that I really didnt take proper care of my back....3 more lumbar surgeries. I finally started to get smart, but by that time, my cervical discs started to cause problem. The end result - 3 ACDF surgeries.

    Now in 2003 or shortly after, my lower back immobile for scar tissue and my cervical area fused, new stress was placed in my thoracic area. The new results: 4 herniated thoracic discs. This time, no surgery..

    That was my beginning of my spine disruption, Mr Arthritis then took over and started to ripped apart both of my shoulders, then on to 1 hip and is now working on the other hip. Before the year is out, I will have surgery to totally replace my right hip. At least now, I have 2 brand new shoulders and soon, 2 brand new hips.

    Where did it begin? Sometimes I wonder where it will end?

    Jon, thanks for the thread on taking me down memory lane. Just wish I had some music to go along with it.

    Twisting a little of Julius Caesar's words
    It Came, I Saw, I Conquered - Nothing is ever going to keep me down!

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Sandy, I can't imagine the scare of that accident and being pregnant on top of it. -Pain in Ohio wrote

    I was absolutely terrified. We were originally called in as a double fatal but I think that I almost gave the state troopers a heart attack when I finally managed to stand up.......the worst part was that I had just come off four months of bed rest due to pregnancy complications and my doctor finally cleared me to be up and about. We even asked him about going for a motorcycle ride and he okayed it. After our accident, he never allowed another patient to go on one again.
    Thankfully, our daughter was born a few months later, premature but perfectly fine. Seems that using my back to shield her was the right choice. For that, I am forever grateful.

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  • Reading the other stories on here makes mine seem like a cake walk. However for me it has been a nightmare that will hopefully end soon. Mine started in 2006 when I was 27. I felt a numbness in my knee and nothing else so I went to see my neurologist (I've had epilepsy since I was 12). They did an MRI and found that I had a herniated disc L5-S1 DDD and arthritis. The arthritis I know I got from my mom's side and everything else seems to be a product of that. I was very active and took ballet from 3-17 I remained active and have 3 children (2 at that time). I didn't feel any pain until 2010 and it seemed to come out of no where and it was terrible. It hurt to sit, stand and walk for more than 30 min at a time. I have a full time job so by 12 noon I was done and ready to go home but I had to push through the pain and was worthless by the time I got home. I'm sure everyone knows how that goes. I tried oral steriods, injections, nerve blocks, pain killers, muscle relaxers, creams, PT, chiropractor, nerve ablation, cymbalta, went to PM for 8 months and finally gave in and had the fusion done 6 weeks ago. Hopefully my journey through pain will be this short time although it feels as though it has been an eternity. For now patiently waiting to see some results any kind of improvement.
  • ron
    i am lucky that i have not met your friend Arthur. He sounds like he is a pain, ha ha , pardon the pun. i too was a child of the 60's and graduated high school in '65. college was different. i went on the 11 year plan. was supposed to graduate in '69, did in 76. then with my credentials and my masters in education, i got all of that finished in 96. which means i spent 30 years on and off in college with over 200 semester units. at least they give me more money. my pain journey did not start until i was in my 50's so i had a lot of good years pain free, active, and able to go boom boom with ladies. so i have 12 years of chronic pain as opposed to your many years. i feel lucky in that department at least.
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • I've had low back issues for 15 years. Three years ago I was on the first day of vacation at our cabin,I reached for the coffee pot and down to the ground I went. My lower back and upper left leg felt like I had daggers piercing them. I nursed my pain for the rest of the week with no relief. Went to my doctor and was given pain meds and muscle relaxers for two weeks. Long story short had mri then myleogram which showed a far lateral l3/l4 herniation. Had open decomperssion and laminectomy surgery. Diagnosed with failed laminectomy syndrone and neuropathy. I have had countless steroid shots, physical therapy, doctor visits, medication trials, spinal cord stimulator trial and the list goes on. Have the need to ambulate with a cane since surgery. Currently under the care of pain management (since June 2010). A real life changer. Have learned to modify, pace and replace my daily activities.
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  • thanks
    all of these stories with different reasons have a common thread through them, back pain has affected our lives and we have adjusted to compensate for the pain
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • Amazing to me how many people know but don't really know where their pain started. By this I mean small triggers but no major accident. Every new specialist I see always asks me how i first injured myself and all I can do is guess. I believe the final straw that threw me into a constant pain was laying hardwood floor but looking back the issue had been off and on long before that and the cause.... I guess I will never really know. I used to think this was abnormal and feel like I was the only person out there with no dramatic injury to pin point how this whole mess started. Thank you for starting this post as it is always nice to find out we are not alone.
  • Nice thread with great responses. It's an excellent way to get to know the folks on here. Keep up the good work :-)

    Kuddo's to you!

  • aaron
    one does not get 100% adjusted, one just learns to put it in the back of the mind more and more. honestly, i don't really think about it that much until i get home from work and fall asleep on the couch. that is when it hits me and on the weekends where i just want to sit and relax. a week with teenagers takes it out of me. hang in there.
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,111
    A Nascar race is where it all started for me. We were camping and staying in a trailor that had bunk beds. I slept on the top bunk while my best friend slept on the bottom. She started snoring so loud that no one could sleep, even people that were not in our camper were yelling for her to shut up, Lol, I was leaning out of the top bunk hitting her to get her to stop snorning, it wasnt working. So I grabbed her blanket and figured if I pulled it off of her she would wake up, roll over or something but when I pulled on the blanket she pulled back and I filipped out of the top bunk onto the floor landing wrong on my neck. I knew I had hurt myself but didnt realize how bad until a few days later when the pain was so bad that I drove myself to ER and crawled in the door on my hands and knees, The rest is history............7 surgeries so far
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