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I am new to this site and a little nervous about posting since I have never done this before. I am litterally laying here in bed with so much pain as I write this. First let me just say that I have been suffering for many many years with back pain and in June 2009, had an MRI done with the following findings:

T10-T11: Mild right lateral disc bulging is present
T11-12, 12-L1: These levels appear normal
L1-L2: minor disc bulging is present
L2-L3, L3-L4: These levels appear normal
L4-L5: Mild disc bulging is present. No associated stenosis or nerve root impingement is noted.
L5-S1: The disc height is diminished. Anterior osteophyte formation is present. A diffuse disc ridge is present. There is a superimposed right paracentral disc herniation present fairly close to the proximal right neural foramina. There is associated right lateral recess and proximal foraminal stenosis. The disc height is diminished compared to the prior study and the reactive osseous signal changes are new. The right-sided disc herniation/protrusion is also somewhat more prominent.

This was compared to an MRI that I had done in 2002. I have been living with pain and have tried to take painkillers but they make me sick. For many years I have been treating the pain with 6 to 9 Advil per day, but was just recently told that I was bleeding internally and must now have a colonoscopy done just to be safe. I have been on oxycotton, (spelling) many years ago and it made me sick so I had to stop taking it and it did nothing for me. I have stopped taking the Advil and was put on 50 mg of Tramadol but I cannot take this either as it makes me very dizzy. My regular doctor just told me to split the pills in half and take one every 8 hours along with a perscription muscle relaxer that she prescribed for me. Needless to say, none of this is helping. They can't prescribe many painkillers, because I was told by my docotor that most of the painkillers are codeine based and I cannot take codeine. I can't even sit because the pain is so intense on my spine and when I stand up, I can't move and it takes me awhile before I am able to walk which I do very slowly. I was told by my orthopedic doctor that I should try having the Epidural shots. As he is definately not pushing surgery. I have also tried going to the Chiropractor and have been on the decompression machine for about 20 visits so far. It has truly helped my sciatic problem, but cannot get rid of the spine pain. Last week while I was there, I tried the machine on my stomach rather than my back and that did not sit well with me at all. For the rest of the day I was not doing well. The next day I had no pain and then the next day on Monday while at work, I was walking from the file cabinet to my desk when I almost dropped to my knees in pain. About 40 minutes later I tried to stand up and I couldn't move or even shuffle my feet. I had to be brought out in a wheelchair. I have been out of work since 10/20 and have been in pain since with a couple more episodes of that magnitude during the week. I have tried to get an appointment with the Pain Management Dr. and was told that that he was away for several weeks and the earliest appointment I would be able to get is November 6. I don't think I can last that long. I have not been able to do anything and am in constant pain. Everywhere I call, because I would be a new patient, they cannot see me until late December.

I am at wits end. I am tearful all day because I feel like this is my life and it is not going to get any better. I have read some information on he Epidural injection and it scares me to no end. I am not looking for a short term fix. I want to live a normal life but I feel like I am a prisoner in my own home because I cannot do anything.

If anyone has any insight or has gone through what I am going through, I would greatly appreciate any comments you may have or words of advice. I apologize for this being so long, but thanking you in advance for even taking the time to read this if you have gotten this far.

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