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I have been a spine health member here for five years. I started with just cervical issues. I have had two level acdf at C5-C7. I also have a moderate L4-L5 disc bulge with root nerve impingement. Lumbar issues are relatively new in the last few years where cervical issues have a ten year history. Now I have a compression fracture at T12. I have tried all conservative measures ice, heat, traction and so on. I have also had at least twenty injections in my cervical and lumbar spine spanning five years. I am a chronic pain patient who has been on opiate pain meds and muscle relaxers for quite a while. As stated above I also have had surgery.
My point is nothing cures us. Nothing takes the pain away. The best we can hope for is a lessoning of symptoms for a few hours until next dose of pain meds or what ever else we do. As I have read here on Spine Health the five year study on having surgery vs conservative treatments is about equal. Except for really bad nerve entrapment its a toss up as what to do. I know there are exceptions to the above. I am just amazed we in the modern world do not have something better to offer chronic pain patients. I have resigned myself to being in pain the rest of my life. I am not really sure taking pain meds is the answer either. I have so many side effects to long term opiate use I am about to toss them and suffer on without them.
This is just me venting as I am really hurting today. I hope everyone is feeling good today.