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Hi guys-
I'm upset that I'm back on this board instead of going out dancing, but I'm glad the board and you guys are there for me when the pain is just too much.

Anywho, I'm back because after my micro-d, I felt good for a while and then started to develop pain again. I did PT-made it worse. My neurosurgeon said it's sacroilitis and he gave me injections of cortisone and novocaine in my sacroiliac joints on both sides. The injections helped for about 3-4 weeks before the pain would come back. I saw him again on 2/11/04 and he said something's not right. He thought I might benefit from interbody fusion and wanted me to meet with his partner. I met with him on 2/13/04. He said if I'm in excruciating pain, fusion is always an option. BUT, he wouldn't recommend it because I'm a 25 year old woman. He said I would need a 2-level fusion at L4-5 and L5-S1 which adjoins to my pelvis and would limit my range of motion tremendously for things like childbirth (I don't have any kids yet, but look forward to it someday). He also said it causes a lot of strain on adjoining discs. So, my perfectly good L3-4 disc could potentially become herniated and then I have a new problem. He said if I could hold out for a year or two, they're going to be coming out with artificial disc replacements and he thought it would work great for me. He said in the mean time, I could try transforaminal epidural injections at L4-5 to try to reduce my pain.
Here's where I get depressed........
I'm gonna go for the epidurals, but I'm not feeling hopeful. I've had a total of 11 epidurals in the past and they only worked on my L5-S1 herniation, but not L4-5. If it reduces my pain, I'll be ecstatic. If not, then what? I'm not sure I can wait 2 years. I'm sure you all know when you're in pain, a day can feel like an eternity. Perhaps if there was a guarantee that the FDA would definitely approve it on a certain date, I could begin the countdown. But, knowing the way the FDA works, I can see 2 years turning into 4 and I know I can't wait that long. I would like to have my first child by at least 30 and I'll be 26 in April. I know I couldn't carry a preganancy with my current pain, so what do I do?
My other gripe is if I do wait for ADR, I can't work in the mean time. I was almost fired from my last job because I was using too many sick days. I went on disabilty before I was fired, but in NJ, disability only lasts 6 months and has since expired. I've tried finding a job since then and am having a lot of difficulty. I tried collecting unemployment, but they said I had too many physical limitations to work. If I do find a job, there's always the fear of losing it because my back pain could decide to come to work with me on any given day. So, money is getting very tight at this point, which is obviously very stressful, both on me and my marriage. My husband doesn't quite understand why I can't just try to ignore the pain and get a job. (Non-sufferers never quite understand).
My back has taken my life away. I had a wonderful job making very good money and now I'm counting pennies. I'm tired of my back determining the outcome of my life.
Thank you very much reading my EXTREMELY long complaint list. I guess I needed to vent more than I thought I did.
I would like to know what you guys think-have any of you gone for the fusion and regretting it? Is anyone else holding out for and ADR-if so, what do you know about it?
I'm so stressed about the whole thing.
Thank you~Sioux-z-q
[QUOTE=sioux-z-q]Hi guys-
I'm upset that I'm back on this board instead of going out dancing, but I'm glad the board and you guys are there for me when the pain is just too much.

Anywho, I'm back because after my micro-d, I felt good for a while and then started to develop pain again. I did PT-made it worse. My neurosurgeon said it's sacroilitis and he gave me injections of cortisone and novocaine in my sacroiliac joints on both sides. The injections helped for about 3-4 weeks before the pain would come back. I saw him again on 2/11/04 and he said something's not right. He thought I might benefit from interbody fusion and wanted me to meet with his partner. I met with him on 2/13/04. He said if I'm in excruciating pain, fusion is always an option. BUT, he wouldn't recommend it because I'm a 25 year old woman. He said I would need a 2-level fusion at L4-5 and L5-S1 which adjoins to my pelvis and would limit my range of motion tremendously for things like childbirth (I don't have any kids yet, but look forward to it someday). He also said it causes a lot of strain on adjoining discs. So, my perfectly good L3-4 disc could potentially become herniated and then I have a new problem. He said if I could hold out for a year or two, they're going to be coming out with artificial disc replacements and he thought it would work great for me. He said in the mean time, I could try transforaminal epidural injections at L4-5 to try to reduce my pain.
Here's where I get depressed........
I'm gonna go for the epidurals, but I'm not feeling hopeful. I've had a total of 11 epidurals in the past and they only worked on my L5-S1 herniation, but not L4-5. If it reduces my pain, I'll be ecstatic. If not, then what? I'm not sure I can wait 2 years. I'm sure you all know when you're in pain, a day can feel like an eternity. Perhaps if there was a guarantee that the FDA would definitely approve it on a certain date, I could begin the countdown. But, knowing the way the FDA works, I can see 2 years turning into 4 and I know I can't wait that long. I would like to have my first child by at least 30 and I'll be 26 in April. I know I couldn't carry a preganancy with my current pain, so what do I do?
My other gripe is if I do wait for ADR, I can't work in the mean time. I was almost fired from my last job because I was using too many sick days. I went on disabilty before I was fired, but in NJ, disability only lasts 6 months and has since expired. I've tried finding a job since then and am having a lot of difficulty. I tried collecting unemployment, but they said I had too many physical limitations to work. If I do find a job, there's always the fear of losing it because my back pain could decide to come to work with me on any given day. So, money is getting very tight at this point, which is obviously very stressful, both on me and my marriage. My husband doesn't quite understand why I can't just try to ignore the pain and get a job. (Non-sufferers never quite understand).
My back has taken my life away. I had a wonderful job making very good money and now I'm counting pennies. I'm tired of my back determining the outcome of my life.
Thank you very much reading my EXTREMELY long complaint list. I guess I needed to vent more than I thought I did.
I would like to know what you guys think-have any of you gone for the fusion and regretting it? Is anyone else holding out for and ADR-if so, what do you know about it?
I'm so stressed about the whole thing.
Thank you~Sioux-z-q[/QUOTE] :bouncing:

Hi! I didn't read all of your post, but you need to get the book, Pain Free: A REvolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain. Pete Egoscue is the author.
He's an anatomical physiologist who is right on target. I was more or less on my back for 18 years, and now I'm walking my dogs 5 miles a day 7 days a week. I'd walk em even more, but I have other interests too--like Yoga, and that takes an hour and a half to 2 and a half hours a day--because I really enjoy it. He has at least two pain clinics. The last time I looked a guy who was hiking in the Himalayas was thanking him for making it posssible. But get the book, read the first three chapters and then start doing the e cises :bouncing: :bouncing: It's all a matter of alignment! But we got to work at it--but it's not difficult. It takes Pete about two hours to get you out of extreme pain. Check it out. Your library has it. :wave:





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