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Failed Surgery

I am new to the forums. I have been suffering with spine issues for 25 years. I was healthy and fit when I had my first episode with debilitating back pain. I walked every day. I was almost always in some sort of exercise program either timed dancing to music at home, exercising to a tape or participating in a health club. i went dancing every weekend and i ate healthy, allowing myself the occasional treat. my weight was average for my height. One evening after work, i stopped at the mall to do some Christmas shopping and began having a lot of discomfort in my lower back. I was 35 years of age. The pain was intermittent over the next few years, and i never took even an aspirin, but i used heating pads to relax. one day i got up out of the chair and a pain hit me so violently that i passed out. came to and crawled to my bed. i had been on a thirty six hour bus trip a few days prior to this incident. i was in agony for the next thirty days as i was waiting for my health insurance to kick in. i have a lamenectomy at L5, and have been having increasing pain and discomfort ever since. i have had physical therapy-aquatics included. i used creams, medications heat and ice packs. last december i had a fusion at l 4. i have developed severe lumbar stenosis, arthritis in my spine, scar tissue impinging on the nerve root, an additional herniation at L3 and suffered a fracture during the fusion procedure. i still do the same things to treat the pain-medication, heat, ice, creams and can no longer do physical therapy. i cannot sit in a chair for more than a half hour at the most and i cannot lean over, lift more than five pounds or engage in any activity for any length of time beyond a few minutes without suffering debilitating pain. i am a young 62 years of age and i do not want to just lie down and stop trying to be active to at least some degree. i nearly fall down when these episodes in my buttocks and upper back thighs attack me. and it is getting progressively worse. i have recently moved and am going to see a new orthopedic/spine specialist next wednesday. i live in hopes that they will tell me they now have spine implants!! haha. i wish. i just need to vent sometimes. and hear what other people are experiencing. and perhaps something i share can help someone else. i feel for anyone who is going through this. pain, i have dealt with for decades now, pain meds help some. but sometimes they don't even touch some of the pain. the injections offered little relief and only temporarily and the pain from the shots was horrific. i love life and i don't like to hear myself complain because there are a lot of people worse off than me. but that doesn't make the debilitating issue feel any better. bless you all!


  • I had a failed l-4-5 fusion,failed scs,failed injections,i walk 50 ft legs burn,pain,numb,cant find any help,take oxy 40mg every 12 hrs and try to live with it.i bought a used scooter for flea mkts ect, Rick ncpa
  • unfortunately .what you are both saying can and does happen with spinal surgery ,what some people don't know or forget is that the majority of spinal surgery especially fusions are done for spinal stability and not pain relief .its also not uncommon for laminectomies and discectomies to give on going pain many lamini and discos end up with the patient having to have a fusion in the long run
    pain is the most common problem and its not like normal back pain that the majority of healthy adults suffer with occasionally the pain that come from surgical intervention is another animal altogether its like comparing a cold to pneumonia .my advice ...if you can ..is try to keep moving .but I know that's not always possible due to sleep deprivation and severe pain in that case painkillers and complimentary therapy is the only other thing to do ,
    pain can steel your life away and many people with intractable pain have no choice but to just take each day as it comes
    wishing you both a better day
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  • nannyb52nnannyb52 Posts: 2
    edited 08/21/2014 - 8:45 AM
    thank you liz, pink floyd (hubby's fave group lol) and back man. i will visit the links you provided liz. pink floyd, thank you for your comments. and i agree about moving. i do a little laundry, cook, do a little lite house keeping, and if i go grocery shopping, i have to use the electric carts. i wish it was just the pain, but the pain and weakness hit and i cannot get back to the car or even to the front of the store for help when i have an episode. it is not a fun way to live and i am trying my best to adjust to it. it does not allow me to work or engage in any activities where i might be of help to someone because i cannot be depended upon. for someone who was so active the adjustment is difficult. but i am blessed with a positive attitude and so i am able to keep plugging away, i will say that on days like yesterday when it gets so bad the i holler out an d then have to lie down for 3-4 hours, i think to myself if i had to live like this every day i would probably not want to go on. if a person has never experienced this kind of agony they don't understand. that's why i am glad i found this forum. the scooter is a good idea. i am going to see if my insurance will help with the cost of something like a little haveround type of device. wish me luck! going to the sites now, liz. happy weekend eve!
  • How about a pump that you could put a numbiing agent in so you don't feel the pain
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  • Spiny_MaloneSSpiny_Malone Posts: 225
    edited 08/21/2014 - 3:55 PM
    Hey... It's just for today.... I've used a wheelchair, walker, toilet raiser and a bath transfer bench and a cane. I'd even use those walking poles...or anything just to get out and about
  • Was in a car accident at 15yrs old my L1 was crushed into my spinal cord
    so bad it flatten my cord, the surgeon removed the crushed bone
    and it took 5 months before I walked again. In my early 40s I blew out some disk
    in the gym and started having pain more often and looked into
    a second surgery the surgeon said he could take 70% of my pain away well
    Nothing worked the pain is 24/7. Come out with something that will numb the. pain

    he gave me 170% more pain and I only wish I never had the surgery
    Ive tried everything from meds to shots and everything inbetween
    Well I ended up with 170% more pain, now I can only wish u never ss
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