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Hi all and Janice I wish you well with your upcoming surgery.
I just had my second triple disk lamenectomy and discectomy in Nov 2002. There was mild relief, went through therapy blah blah blah, and now I am in more pain then I was before the surgery. I still have pain down BOTH legs, tingling in my feet and NOW pain accross my lower back due to the surgery, standing <-> sitting very uncomfortable. I just had another MRI and the Neuro secretary (I couldn't reach the neuro) said that the MRI came back negative for herniations, but the contrast shows the scarring is probably what is causing the pain.
********MAD RAMBLING****
I have been going through this on and off for 14 years (almost 1/2 my life)and I am a little fed up. My Neuro also is no longer taking my insurance so now I am gong to have to switch, again. You always hold out hope that surgery will help but now I am screwed. I have been taking neurontin, but got off it after it was effecting my job, taking percoset (endoset 5/325) everyday. I am in pain most of the day since I don't want to take this to much so of course that wears on me mentaly. I just hate taking so many pills. I feel out of it more often than not. I can't even remember what I used to be like.
GRRRRRR. I know there is nothing I can do, I know that i will have to deal with it but I am tired and frustrated. There is always the hope that it will end but it doesn't look like it will. I have always been a positive person and never let this get to me but I can't shake it this time. At least before I got a respite, a couple of weeks, maybe a month with nothing an occasional flare up that would put me out of work, but at least a break. I have now been in pain for at least 5 months straight with life to go. I hate being like this, I hate feeling weak and trapped. It effects my life, my wife (we want to have kids...yeah right have other issues thanks to nerve damage)my job, everything. Everyone has their problems, I have mine but I don't know what to do. Any suggestions, helpful hints anything?
If you got this far in the post, thank you. Every one who has had surgery or back problems has felt everything I have. My wife doesn't understand either, how could she? thanks for listening.



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18 years old no trauma but severe leg pain
traction for 2 weeks didn't work
Epidurals, steriods didn't work
1988 triple disk Lamenectomy L3-4,L4-5,L5-S1. good for about 6 months pain on and off for the next 12 years
EMG shows nerve damage right leg
Nov. 2002 Triple Disk Lemanectomy, discectomy L3-4,L4-5, L5-S1. WORSE. MRI shows scar tissue causing pain. Neurosergeon says nothing can be done.
Seeing PM doc on Neurontin 1800 mg daily stopped taking neurontin effecting job performace
endocet 5/325 everyday
[QUOTE=Hazmat]Hi all and Janice I wish you well with your upcoming surgery.
I just had my second triple disk lamenectomy and discectomy in Nov 2002. There was mild relief, went through therapy blah blah blah, and now I am in more pain then I was before the surgery. I still have pain down BOTH legs, tingling in my feet and NOW pain accross my lower back due to the surgery, standing <-> sitting very uncomfortable. I just had another MRI and the Neuro secretary (I couldn't reach the neuro) said that the MRI came back negative for herniations, but the contrast shows the scarring is probably what is causing the pain.
********MAD RAMBLING****
I have been going through this on and off for 14 years (almost 1/2 my life)and I am a little fed up. My Neuro also is no longer taking my insurance so now I am gong to have to switch, again. You always hold out hope that surgery will help but now I am screwed. I have been taking neurontin, but got off it after it was effecting my job, taking percoset (endoset 5/325) everyday. I am in pain most of the day since I don't want to take this to much so of course that wears on me mentaly. I just hate taking so many pills. I feel out of it more often than not. I can't even remember what I used to be like.
GRRRRRR. I know there is nothing I can do, I know that i will have to deal with it but I am tired and frustrated. There is always the hope that it will end but it doesn't look like it will. I have always been a positive person and never let this get to me but I can't shake it this time. At least before I got a respite, a couple of weeks, maybe a month with nothing an occasional flare up that would put me out of work, but at least a break. I have now been in pain for at least 5 months straight with life to go. I hate being like this, I hate feeling weak and trapped. It effects my life, my wife (we want to have kids...yeah right have other issues thanks to nerve damage)my job, everything. Everyone has their problems, I have mine but I don't know what to do. Any suggestions, helpful hints anything?
If you got this far in the post, thank you. Every one who has had surgery or back problems has felt everything I have. My wife doesn't understand either, how could she? thanks for listening.



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18 years old no trauma but severe leg pain
traction for 2 weeks didn't work
Epidurals, steriods didn't work
1988 triple disk Lamenectomy L3-4,L4-5,L5-S1. good for about 6 months pain on and off for the next 12 years
EMG shows nerve damage right leg
Nov. 2002 Triple Disk Lemanectomy, discectomy L3-4,L4-5, L5-S1. WORSE. MRI shows scar tissue causing pain. Neurosergeon says nothing can be done.
Seeing PM doc on Neurontin 1800 mg daily stopped taking neurontin effecting job performace
endocet 5/325 everyday[/QUOTE]

Welcome to the club Hazmat, Your not alone, I have just gotten results from an MRI where they can't see anything due to metal artifacts and as a result have been condemned to a life(the rest of it) of pain. I start Pain management next week. I've been thru the angry period and am now in the depression phase after three years of debilitating pain. I'm actually looking forward to it as, at least its something. I think the hardest thing is maintaining a positive attitude. Especially when your better half (mine too) cannot "see" what your going thru. I'm not the type of guy but I'm thinking of joining a support group. I understand there are alot of them out there. So good luck, and be good to yourself first eh. I have to go as I have spent my load writing this. PS: don't you love it when a Dr. says change your lifestyle.





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