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Lower back pain

farnsworthffarnsworth Posts: 3
edited 10/03/2014 - 7:04 PM in Chronic Pain
Hi people's, in 2003 I had a 3 level spinal fusion.....3-4, 4-5, 5S1, 12 months later I had the hardware removed and then a few years later I had bone growth removed, I now have Chronic back pain now right lower back/ hip driving me stupid and I can't do any house chores or even kick the football with my son, I take Tramadol morning and night which doesn't help much at all...I am very moody and and very short tempered as you can imagine.
I work full time but I don't know how I cope, only this week I had that much pain in my lower back I could hardly walk let alone sit but know one except my family knew how bad I was...got to pay the mortgage, I have days when I am very depressed and feel like giving up, except for my wife and 2 kids who knows.....anyway just saying hi and introducing myself, thanks.
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  • LizLiz Posts: 8,835

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • When was the last time you had any updated imaging or other testing done to see what might be causing the ongoing pain?
    Things change over the years, and the increased , ongoing pain may be related to your previous surgeries or it may be something new.
    It might be wise to see a new surgeon for a consult and to see if any new imaging is in order to see what's going on.
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  • Sandi, I haven't had any imaging for a while now as I live in Tasmania and the surgeon I see is in Victoria, I am going to go back to my GP and get him to refer me to a pain management.
    I can't afford to miss any time off work at the moment so that makes it a bit hard, so I will see what my GP thinks.
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