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Denise, it is with mixed emotions that I am replying to your post. I always want to be positive but frankly sometimes it is hard but at the same time if someone asks I feel it is important to be honest no matter what. When you read my response, I want you to realize that this is my story. It does not mean that this will be your story. Also keep in mind that each individuals case is different and my has certainly been different and full of complications and complexities.

On Dec. 8th of this year, I underwent my 5th spinal surgery. Yep, 5th and I am so excited to say that I feel so much better than I have in years and I am on 3 weeks out from surgery. I no longer have the nerve pain in my leg or if I do get it; it is simply a quick pain that is gone as quick as it starts. Now my back pain, I feel it is better but it really is to early to say due to the incisional pain.

With that said, in November 2007 I had my hardware removed and I hate to tell you this but you asked -- my pain worsened and I had to go on narcotics 24/7. I went from taking 2 percocets a day to 110 mg. oxycontin per day. The pain was unbelievable. On December 4th, 2008, I saw my surgeon and we made the decision that we needed to try another surgery. Thank goodenss within 4 days I was in the OR. PRAISE THE LORD. My pain was a 9 on the pain scale and I was having bladder control problems. I was walking completely hunched over with a cane and dragging my right foot. I felt like I had no spinal support at all.

When I underwent surgery, my surgeon was shocked. When I had my surgery the year before, I was partially fused and he removed the right side of the hardware. When he went in this time, there was no fusion. The fusion disappeared/broke apart. I had fragments floating in the spinal column. He removed all of that. He also did a laminectomy on L3, L4, L5, L6 (extra verterbrae) and he fused L3 thru s2 with hardware. He inserted two cages. He removed all of the disc at L3 thru L6 and I was under for 8 hours.

I am sharing this because I want you to realize that IF this surgery did not work, I want you to hang on to hope. Don't give up. I really feel I am finally on the up swing. Just because this happened to me does not mean it will happen to you.

I strongly recommend that you:

*obtain a good pm doctor who is willing to prescribe meds to keep you comfortable. Some docs just don't understand what it is like to live with pain day after day and will not prescribe high doses of pain meds. No one should have to live above a 5 on the pain scale day after day. Fight for your rights.
*obtain a good psychologist who is familiar with chronic pain
*try not to talk about all this with your friends and family. They don't get it and can't begin to relate. Talk to other chronic pain individuals and the psychologist.
*consider going on anti-depressants. I did not realize I was depressed and going on these medications was the best thing I did. It allowed me to let some of the anger/emotions just roll off my shoulders so that I could keep things together for my children.

I hope I have not upset/scared you. It was not my intent. Also please realize that you are not that far out from surgery and they did have to cut your muscles to get in and remove the hardware. They also have to chisel and drill out the screws and rods. This is painful. This alone will take up to 12 weeks to recover from. Just be super careful and don't lift, twist or bend. Take it really easy and let yourself recover.

Hang on to hope dear and know that I am here for you and will subscribe to this thread so I will be alerted if you post on this thread. Good luck and I just said a prayer for you.

P.S. Go to your family doctor and have them check your thyroid levels. After my surgery last year 2007, I developed thyroid problems and guess what it increased my leg pain significantly. When I went on thyroid problems, part of the pain went away. Just have it checked in case. These spinal surgeries are very long and hard on our bodies systems.
[QUOTE=ms_west;3835248]Denise, it is with mixed emotions that I am replying to your post. I always want to be positive but frankly sometimes it is hard but at the same time if someone asks I feel it is important to be honest no matter what. When you read my response, I want you to realize that this is my story. It does not mean that this will be your story. Also keep in mind that each individuals case is different and my has certainly been different and full of complications and complexities.

On Dec. 8th of this year, I underwent my 5th spinal surgery. Yep, 5th and I am so excited to say that I feel so much better than I have in years and I am on 3 weeks out from surgery. I no longer have the nerve pain in my leg or if I do get it; it is simply a quick pain that is gone as quick as it starts. Now my back pain, I feel it is better but it really is to early to say due to the incisional pain.

With that said, in November 2007 I had my hardware removed and I hate to tell you this but you asked -- my pain worsened and I had to go on narcotics 24/7. I went from taking 2 percocets a day to 110 mg. oxycontin per day. The pain was unbelievable. On December 4th, 2008, I saw my surgeon and we made the decision that we needed to try another surgery. Thank goodenss within 4 days I was in the OR. PRAISE THE LORD. My pain was a 9 on the pain scale and I was having bladder control problems. I was walking completely hunched over with a cane and dragging my right foot. I felt like I had no spinal support at all.

When I underwent surgery, my surgeon was shocked. When I had my surgery the year before, I was partially fused and he removed the right side of the hardware. When he went in this time, there was no fusion. The fusion disappeared/broke apart. I had fragments floating in the spinal column. He removed all of that. He also did a laminectomy on L3, L4, L5, L6 (extra verterbrae) and he fused L3 thru s2 with hardware. He inserted two cages. He removed all of the disc at L3 thru L6 and I was under for 8 hours.

I am sharing this because I want you to realize that IF this surgery did not work, I want you to hang on to hope. Don't give up. I really feel I am finally on the up swing. Just because this happened to me does not mean it will happen to you.

I strongly recommend that you:

*obtain a good pm doctor who is willing to prescribe meds to keep you comfortable. Some docs just don't understand what it is like to live with pain day after day and will not prescribe high doses of pain meds. No one should have to live above a 5 on the pain scale day after day. Fight for your rights.
*obtain a good psychologist who is familiar with chronic pain
*try not to talk about all this with your friends and family. They don't get it and can't begin to relate. Talk to other chronic pain individuals and the psychologist.
*consider going on anti-depressants. I did not realize I was depressed and going on these medications was the best thing I did. It allowed me to let some of the anger/emotions just roll off my shoulders so that I could keep things together for my children.

I hope I have not upset/scared you. It was not my intent. Also please realize that you are not that far out from surgery and they did have to cut your muscles to get in and remove the hardware. They also have to chisel and drill out the screws and rods. This is painful. This alone will take up to 12 weeks to recover from. Just be super careful and don't lift, twist or bend. Take it really easy and let yourself recover.

Hang on to hope dear and know that I am here for you and will subscribe to this thread so I will be alerted if you post on this thread. Good luck and I just said a prayer for you.

P.S. Go to your family doctor and have them check your thyroid levels. After my surgery last year 2007, I developed thyroid problems and guess what it increased my leg pain significantly. When I went on thyroid problems, part of the pain went away. Just have it checked in case. These spinal surgeries are very long and hard on our bodies systems.[/QUOTE]





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