I am a 43 yr.old in a 80 yr.body.plzexcuse typo this hard at this timein life.I used a tens unit bought on ebay,it stopped pain until I realized my pain was out of a 10 range when I took it off. I have rup. disk l-5 with compressed spinal cord. This has became a living hell,I cant walk,sit,or stand long, so I move constant,a new dr. said why no op. I have begged for relief. I hate all this fentanyl, oxycodone,and still pain I cant take.I cry,hate me,and get really sad,it happpened overnight last sept.24. life stopped as I knew it.Have you had this too?? What helped you get better,I am lost in a world I just dont understand anymore.I think knowing I had cancer would be easier than never knowing what will chip next,inflame and swell..I cannot pass urine well,or have BM. Pain to bad sit there.A month without it is misery,yuck. Do I execise,have surjery, ot finish my breakdown and forget it all:(. I am so tired of pain and dr. thats says you are on alot meds,and still hurt. yes sir I hurt, no I dont sleep,sorry I am crying,when he ask why! Why I want to scream I am pissed off that you can ask that and do nothing to teach me how to help me.Maybe you had dr. that took time to help you, mine is great,she was gone..I saw another,did test see if I was in pain like I said,I think I passed,I was give a shot and my meds. But I want to build back some of all I losing. 30pds in 2 months alot,to much pain.no hunger.Please any stretches we can do stop this pain down hip and leg,back I can take,its that burning nerve,it so bad i am slowly becoming immobile.I went from 3 jobs to screaming pain. HELP ME OUT PLEASE MY KINDRED FRIENDS
Heavensfarmer, I am so sorry you are having the problems you are having right now. I too, have suffered from these identical problems for about 40 years. Being very young at the time mine started, I put all my trust in the doctor I saw at the time. It was the thing to do that many years ago. He did surgery on my lower back, & messed me up for life. Tis not to say that surgery for you is not the answer. Things have come a long way in 40 years, plus I had a surgeon that was a previous "mash" surgeon. Meaning "chop,chop", & put them back together again. My second surgery was basically a cleanup of the first one removing bone chips etc.. from the spinal canal. This was done at a teaching University by a top Neurosurgeon, & helped me tremedously, so don't rule out surgery as an option. Just make sure you get more than one opinion. Things & ways of doing back surgery have changed alot in 40 years.
Even if you have surgery does not rule out the fact that you could have pain the rest of your life. A lot depends on what they find in there, & how well you heal, etc... For some it helps, & for some it doesn't. There is always the route of pain relievers, but you will find if this is the road you chose, that you will build a tolerance eventually, & have to have it increased or changed periodically. I know people that surgery has helped tremendously, & others that it seems made it worse. You have to completely understand what is going on with your back, do lots of research, & build a trust with the physician you chose. I was told after my second surgery that I would have to have it done about everry 10 years, but by the time it came around to the 10 year mark, I had nothing but scar tissue left, & no one would touch me with a knife. I suffer the consequenses of chrontic pain, scar tissue problems, an aracnoid cyst in the spinal canal, & sciatica all down my legs & feet. Over the years I have dfeveloped many other pain problems, but no need to go into all of that. You need to have a good neurosurgeon go over your MRI results with you to see if surgery is the answer for you. If the spinal canal is compressed it is usually reccomended. You are the only one that can give the final answer. I am sure lots of others will tell you don't let anyone cut on your back, but even tho' I had a bad experience, if I could find a reliable doctor I would do it again today. In fact I need surgery on my neck, thoratic spine, & lower spine, & found a surgeon who would do it all except now my bones are so bad they won't hold the screws required for the plates so here I sit medicated to the hilt, hoping the new medicine for my bones will allow me to one day have more surgery on my back. Good luck to you, I wish you all the best...
My pain specialist has helped me immensely. When I started going to him, after 2 lumbar fusions with cages, screws and rods, and a neck fusion - I couldn't sit down. I had severe sciatica pain going down both hips & legs. He does procedures called "Rhizotemy" or "RF ablation" where he can see the spine via a fluoroscopy device and he isolates the nerves causing the pain and he burns those nerves. And Viola! The pain is gone in those areas until the nerves regenerate (grow) which can be from 3 months to over 2 years in one hip. He also did a piriformus block that did essentially the same thing for a different area - it relieved the pain. There are things that can help. Perhaps try starting to get into the pain section of a huge regional or teaching hospital. The bigger they are, the more cutting edge they are and can have something you just might benefit from. So stay positive - there are things that can help!
I really recommend you try physical therapy. It will sternegthen the muscles around the bulging disc and may alleviate enough of the pain to allow you to walk again. Developing the muscles in the spinal region and the abdominal region will take pressure off the spinal chord as well. You will have to be taught the exercises in physical therapy and then make sure you do them at home regularly, but it maybe enough to reduce your pain to a manageable level without having to do anything invasive. Your doctor would have to write a prescription for this type treatment.
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