Wanda, so sorry you are feeling the pain in your body and mind. Our minds can play tricks with us and it can be detrimental to our well being. I hope you will see a Dr. to get your depression and anxiety somewhat under control. Once you do that, try to get with a Dr. who will help you with the physical pain. It all seems so overwhelming when we are so focused on our pain. It's sometimes hard to believe we will ever be well again. I hope you get some relief soon. Please keep us posted and know there are people who have gone through the same things you are going through now even though it doesn't make your pain any less.View Thread
Fed UP, have you tried ice and the Sciatica excersises? Try laying on your back on a bed and pull your knee up to your chest to stretch the muscle. Afterwards put some ice on it for about 20 mins. Hope you van get some relief.View Thread
Good Afternoon Patty, I'm so sorry you are in such pain. Yes it is a nightmare when you can't find any relief and to be under the influence of all the drugs we are prescribed it difficult to live. I personally can't take anything for pain in the morphine,codene line of drugs. I told my Dr. I wanted him to try me on Prednisone. He told me he would if I understood all the negatives about it. I told him I would rather have a quality of life rather than a quanity. I'm taking 10 mg's daily and it helps me to be able to live with my pain better than all the other drugs the Dr.'s have had me on. I do get flareup's if I do anything to aggravate it then I just rest and use ice. I am limited to what I can do but a least I'm not in that "terrible don't care about living" pain. I hope you can get some relief soon.View Thread
Good afternoon Buckeyenation. I wouldn't worry about the cyst on your back. I've had several of them and they are just what the dermo. says they are. As far as the back you could have overdone the exercises and pulled some muscles. Unless you are suffering severe, debilitating pain I would give it a few weeks and see.View Thread
You're right Di the quality of life is what matters. I find if I try to do things I once enjoyed doing it puts me out of commission for a while until I can get the pain down somewhat. I've had a good life but I have fought these back problems since I was 13 yrs. old. That's when I had my first surgery for the scoliosis. I got busy raising a family and the scoliosis progressed. I'm sure if I hadn't had the second surgery my spine would have collapsed and I wouldn't be able to breathe.
2 or 3 times a year I go on the medrol dose pack to get some relief. I don't like taking opiates because they make me feel so wiered. I've probably eaten my stomach up by taking so much Ibuprofen, acetimenaphin and aspirin over the years but I think I'd rather do that and be in my right mind.
I'm going to keep working with pain management and see if that works for a few months before I make a decision about the surgery.
I hope you and yours will have a "Very Merry Christmas" and a great "New Year"View Thread
Good Morning Dave, thanks for asking. I'm having some Facet and epidurals done to try and stave off any more surgery. The Epidural didn't help but I think the Facets have alleviated some of the pain on my left side.
Thanks Di for your answer. I have had scoliosis surgery with rod implants from 5T to 3L 25 yrs. ago. Now all the pain is below that fusion and going down into my legs. some days I can hardly do anything because of the pain and my legs and feet cramp so easy.Right now I'm having some facet injections done and I think it has helped some with the pain. I wanted to avoid more surgery if possible because I remember how painful the rehab was after. I'm so happy you have had a successful outcome from your surgery. It seems like every one who has back surgery has to go back and have a second or third one done. I'm 66 and don't know if it would be best to live as best I can with the pain or go through another major surgery. The last Ortho Spine surgeon I saw (3mos.ago) said he could tie onto the rods that are already there and go down into the pelvic area with more rods and screws. He said it would alleviate some of the pain but couldn't guarantee it would get rid of all of it. My concern is why go through all that and still not be pain free. Guess I'm just looking for excuses because I'm afraid of having it done again. Thanks for responding to my question and I wish you the best.