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NO RESPITE FOR US BACK/NECK PAIN SUFFERERS

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  • backache99backache99 Posts: 1,314
    edited 01/07/2014 - 8:48 PM
    its very hard to cope when you were once an active fit person who was a hard worker .and now to be on the scrap heap is disheartening there are many people on here with far more serious spinal issues than myself BUT even though my spine problems are limited to the L4/5and S1 what I have is extremely bad. the fact that I was born with an extra pair of ribs and have thoracic outlet syndrome {in remission thank god!] and I have also got an s2 ..my spine was always going to give me problems I also have bowel and bladder issues too ..this is NOT what I expected at my age and how I have looked after myself ..its kick in the head! my daughter has problems with her l5 it flared up a few years ago there is a slight bulge but not bad enough to operate and she has no central protrusion into the spinal canal so she was advised to leave alone .she is slim had no trauma to her back ..it just happened one day ..my mum had a bad back and has done since she was about 30 my high speed car crash was going to give me hell come what may ....I will just have to cope with it and learn to live within my limitations its hard work my head still wanst to do stuff but the body won't let me ..I am an electrical engineer and I now have to pay an electrical engineer to do stuff that I could once do ..very annoying !! as long as I have my home comforts and painkillers I can just about cope .and my wonderful wife !!
    happy new year to all
    tony
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • While suffering from tremendous pain and feeling utterly miserable I have recently reflected on one aspect of my problems and it is this. Primarily from reading the posts from Jon and others I have to say that if I had to develop serious spinal issues I'm grateful that it has come at this time of my life. The last two years have been so difficult but I am now 74 (just). If all this occurred while I was still working and had a more active life (Did someone mention sex?) I'm not sure how I would have coped.
    I am retired and fully qualified to sit on my backside and do nothing that required movement or activity. Blessed with a wonderful wife who does everything for me and won't allow me to exert myself, I count myself fortunate compared to some of you. My sympathies are with you.
    John
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  • john
    i teach and plan to retire in June my wife is understanding also. but having a mindset that lets me not complain about chronic pain has also helped. i believe it is in one's make up. like i said before, some people can be navy seals and some cannot. it is not saying i am better but i guess i have a different mind set. i refuse to let pain get the best of me. 12 years and 4 back fusions have taught me this
    jon
    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.
  • You are here. Helping us. Encouraging us. Educating us, an just being with us. Your input is valuable.
  • backache99backache99 Posts: 1,314
    edited 01/12/2014 - 7:57 PM
    although my knowledge of my condition is good unfortunately .like most ;;professional patients .it means very little when you are awake at 3 am .and there is precocious little that you can do apart from pound down the pain killers ..it seems so EDIT unfair..there was a time where I would not even take an aspirin .clean mind clean body ..and all that ! I believe that there is a time line .we are born ..stuff happens then we die ..I know that sounds a little morbid but it's true ..I can.. but won't on here give you 4 examples just in my family where the unfairness element has intervened and dropped not just the emotional bomb but the devastation that certain life even leave behind ...I am sure there is not a family on the planet where bad stuff has happened .a wife with breast cancer a disabled child an injury at work ..all these things alter life and its how you deal with the chance that will affect your outcome ..and the knock on effect of all around you ..food for thought ....
    tony{UK}

    Post Edited for Inappropriate Language by Liz The Spine-Health Moderator Team
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
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  • Become bitter. (I pray that I don't have to eat those words someday). There are many things I would. Like to say. But we are not aloud to talk about. (Which I think something wrong with that) but I get on ron's nerves enough as it is, so I will just say this. I will pray for you. :)
  • to my post edited !??
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • You might have said "poo poo"....;)
  • LizLiz Posts: 9,109
    I have now shown where I edited your post, I didn't do this at the time as I thought it looked less conspicuous, but I was wrong I am sorry.

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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