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hbgirlhhbgirl Posts: 1
edited 09/08/2015 - 10:58 PM in Lower Back Pain
Hi, I am new to Spine-health and have been dealing with low back pain for 18+ years. I had failed back surgery which made my pain much worse than before the surgery. After years and years of therapy, acupuncture, pain meds, DX 9000 (a contraption that basically stretches your spine) and so on, my PM doctor gave me a pain pump with dilaudid in it. I have had it for a few years now and unfortunately, it only helps with the pain in my lower back so I still need pain meds for the "referred pain" in my hips, knees and break through pain in my back.

The referred pain in my hips / knees is so bad, I can't exercise. Walking more than a few minutes is excruciating and feels like my hips are popping out of their socket. X-rays and MRI's all show perfect hips and knees, so it is very frustrating dealing with this phantom pain. I have been on so many different narcotics that I am immune to most and am looking for something new to try. I have an appointment in a few weeks to discuss with my PM.

Also, since being disabled 6 years ago, I have gained 50 pounds which only makes my pain worse. I am unable to do much physically, so it's been difficult trying to lose the extra pounds. Before all of this pain, I was very active and fit and not being able to exercise, along with not being able to control my pain has caused me to become very depressed and I have very low self esteem. After 30 years of marriage, I am in the middle of a divorce due to all of the above. I have been separated for 4 years and we are finally doing the paperwork to get it done. I am very lonely and fear I will be alone forever since I am unable to "take long walks on the beach, go hiking, etc" that everyone else likes to do and I am only 52 years old.

Can anyone relate???

Thanks for listening to me babble...


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,712
    edited 09/08/2015 - 10:59 PM
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