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End of tether

Richard__HRRichard__H Posts: 1
edited 08/02/2013 - 6:20 PM in Chronic Pain
Feeling pretty low and no doubt you've heard this sob story a million times before on these forums! Had a fall in march 2010 which prolapsed a disc l4-l5 had conservative treatments and ended up having a PLIF (edited to remove facility name) where they fused s1-l5 and l4-l5, in June 2011.
Pre op most of my symptoms were right leg related with cramps and sciatica post op now over two years ago I still have sciatic pains in right thigh at least 4 days a week and chronic lumbar pain feels like being stabbed in left lumbar region and spreads across my buttocks. Op was apparently a success and I'm mechanically good and all my pain is nerve related. Had a couple of denervations locally at pain clinic which last a couple of months take gabapentin and naproxen like there sweets and the surgeon says if its ever going to settle leave it alone ie stay away from denervations etc.
Prior to op I was active working as a fire fighter but now in the process of losing my job although thankfully covered by pension
Is there any hope or treatments I'm only 38??
Richard hooker


  • xtraviraxxtravira Posts: 27
    edited 08/02/2013 - 3:44 PM
    I'm at the end of my rope too. I've had chronic pain since 2007. Glad you said that about the denervations. My wonderful pain doc went away to do pain research and his substitute really wants to do that to me, after a diagnostic medial nerve branch block. I've had so many injections and none worked, and a cervical epidural made all my nerves go crazy! I don't know what to do anymore. Hang in there. It's either that or die, and I choose to keep living. What else can we do? I'm 32. Have had awful back pain since I was 25.
    Chronic pain since 2007. Have scoliosis. Had ACDF surgery for C5 Dec 2011. Sick of dealing with pain. I just turned 32 and struggle through but work full-time in IT.
  • Have headaches, bad, every day for over 40 years...last ten plus years increase pain from TMJ and compressed discs and MS and fibromyalgia. Am being offered facet injections but fear it will make headaches worse. Like I can't go to massage or hair salon both things freak out my neck and give 5 day migrane .... Sick and tired. Help.
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