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I am new to this so bear with me ok... I hurt my back when I was 18 yrs. and am now 46. In 1979 I had a lumbar fusion on L4,L5,S1 and a lamanectomy at L5 . I also hurt my neck at the same time but it didn't give me much problems til about 5 years ago. I have three bulging disc between C4 through C7( I'm told they aren't too bad). I have nerve problems in my hands and have had a NCT for carpel tunnel. It showed moderate. I have muscle knots in my scapela and upper back and neck. My low back was helped a little with the surgery since I no longer have the shooting pains like knives that all the sudden happened with no movement. But I still have a lot of pain if I do any work that requires using my back...which is almost everything. Sweeping and mopping are a killer. I use pain meds. Vicodine and the Dr. has me on Soma to help me sleep at night. Otherwise I wake up and can't get back to sleep with the aching in my back. I am seeing a Neurologist, who just gives me the pills and pats me on the head. I also see a chiropractor once a week. If I miss a visit my body lets me know. I also see a massage therapist once a week and although it feels good, it only lasts for the rest of the day and when I get up the next morning my back and upper body and neck are back to square one. I have tried to work in the last few years and I don't seem to be able to last since my back starts hurting worse and I need more pain medicine. Is there anything out there that can help? I saw the neurologist yesterday and he just put me on another drug called Topamax. I was taking Daypro and he wants me to ween myself off that for the new one. Has anyone taken these drugs for their back pain? I saw it was for seisures. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks...God Bless...
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Originally posted by Momof8:
I am new to this so bear with me ok... I hurt my back when I was 18 yrs. and am now 46. In 1979 I had a lumbar fusion on L4,L5,S1 and a lamanectomy at L5 . I also hurt my neck at the same time but it didn't give me much problems til about 5 years ago. I have three bulging disc between C4 through C7( I'm told they aren't too bad). I have nerve problems in my hands and have had a NCT for carpel tunnel. It showed moderate. I have muscle knots in my scapela and upper back and neck. My low back was helped a little with the surgery since I no longer have the shooting pains like knives that all the sudden happened with no movement. But I still have a lot of pain if I do any work that requires using my back...which is almost everything. Sweeping and mopping are a killer. I use pain meds. Vicodine and the Dr. has me on Soma to help me sleep at night. Otherwise I wake up and can't get back to sleep with the aching in my back. I am seeing a Neurologist, who just gives me the pills and pats me on the head. I also see a chiropractor once a week. If I miss a visit my body lets me know. I also see a massage therapist once a week and although it feels good, it only lasts for the rest of the day and when I get up the next morning my back and upper body and neck are back to square one. I have tried to work in the last few years and I don't seem to be able to last since my back starts hurting worse and I need more pain medicine. Is there anything out there that can help? I saw the neurologist yesterday and he just put me on another drug called Topamax. I was taking Daypro and he wants me to ween myself off that for the new one. Has anyone taken these drugs for their back pain? I saw it was for seisures. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks...God Bless...

Good morning - I had a lengthy note written, then hit the wrong key. Am jsut recovering from C-4/5 fusion using plates and screws, and had C-5/7 fused using bone bank graft 7 years ago. both surgeries have helped, as my discs are degenerating, thanks to ranch life as mentioned by a previous writer. Problems started in 1976, and weren't correctly diagnosed until MRI in 1983. Top it off with a sprinkling of fibromyalgia and Parkinson's Disease, and you have a general picture of me. I try to do water aerobics and walk a mile a day, and must now learn to be much kinder to my back. The neurosurgeon says sitting is harder on your neck than standing or walking, so I have anew lifestyle to adjsut to. Also, pain management may be in my future, too. As an RN, I know that this new field is helping many. Keep us informed about your travels, as it will be good infromatin for all. Lory





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