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Brief Intro from Louisiana

FiveOhFourFFiveOhFour Posts: 8
edited 09/30/2015 - 3:56 AM in New Member Introductions
Just a quick intro. I've been silently reading some correspondence on this board, and it really rings true. Despite trying to explain my situation to my "normals", at the end of the day, only people who have experienced chronic pain can truly relate. I'm an introvert by nature, so even trying to share my experiences with normals goes against my instincts. Anywho, looking forward to sharing and listening on the forum. I have two herniated lumbar discs, and a torn L5/S1 disc. Which of course means I have the pleasure of two distinct sets of excruciating pain, one that makes sitting on my tailbone very difficult and the other that send sharp pain from my back down to my feet. I've looked for Louisiana specific support groups, but alas cannot find any. Cheers!

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  • FiveOhFourFFiveOhFour Posts: 8
    edited 09/30/2015 - 4:16 AM
    A little more info as suggested by the moderator. I've had back issues, dating back to 2005. I e had numerous MRIs. I e had two rounds of epidural steroid injections, providing no relief. I had six facet joint injections, providing no relief, this I didn't move forward with nerve ablation. I've gone through a session of acupuncture, which was wacky to say the least. I e been through around seven sessions of physical therapy, including reverse transaction and electronic stimulation. Medications over the years have included Gabapentin, Cyclobenzaprine, hydro/oxy, and Naproxen. I also still receive corticosteroid injections during some office visits.

    And yet....pain rules the roost.
    Cheers from the Boot!
  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 2,561
    Hey man what part of LA, I am from Lake Charles
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
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  • itsautonomic said:
    Hey man what part of LA, I am from Lake Charles
    I was born in Baton Rouge, and raised in Gonzales. LSU Grad, die hard Saints fan.
    Cheers from the Boot!
  • 2dgs4cmpany22dgs4cmpany Posts: 200
    edited 10/01/2015 - 1:22 PM
    To a great support system. I'm sorry to hear this has gone on for so long without any relief. I cannot imagine! Does your physical therapist(s) coordinate with doctor who takes care of medications? I ask because it was helpful to me when those two members of my team talked. I gathered their advice and comments and shared with my neurosurgeon so we could find a solution. That worked for me, but your situation is yours of course. Do you or have you seen a neuro or orthopedic doctor? I read that you have seen chiropractor, was that helpful?

    I guess what I'm really asking and hoping, do you have anyone working towards a remedy for you? For me, fusion was my only solution due to genetic defect. It worked for me for 11 years. Then the above level went, as the ortho had said it would. Now I have what we hope is last fusion, but also a problem in that my 2nd fusion hardware has artery on it. So if I had not had surgery I wouldn't have that issue..but I also wouldn't be walking. Anyway, this isn't about me, it is about you! I just encourage you to continue a pursuit of someone that can help, goal oriented to solve.

    Love your state, your New Orleans, especially the French quarter.
  • Yep, I've seen three neurosurgeons who all indicate they don't want to perform surgery "yet", because more surgeries would then be highly likely. My PT and PM doc do speak, in order to specialize the efforts. I haven't done the chiropractic route yet, I'm a little skeptical. Thanks for the encouraging words 2dogs!
    Cheers from the Boot!
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  • North shore neighbor to you, FiveOhFour (love that username!).

    What else is there to say but, Who Dat! Geaux Tigers!

  • karonwoodskkaronwoods Posts: 1
    edited 10/27/2015 - 8:09 PM
    Karon here and newbie to this forum.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    Welcome to Spine-Health
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