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painloopy

Joined: 02/05/2010
My Story:
Hi, I'm Painloopy - loopy from all the chronic back, butt, and leg pain I've suffered with since 2003. I have DDD which resulted in 2 discs ruptured and lumbar discectomies in 2003. Pain from having no disc in L5-S1 caused a lot of problems sitting, standing, and walking. In 2006 I had an artificial disc replacement done on L5-S1which worked well for 6 months then went back to pain as it was before. Multitudes of steroid injections and various failed nerve pain meds later, I had a spinal stimulator implant put in 2007. Now I'm on permanent disability. 2013 tried radio frequency ablation on SI joints but it didn't work so in 2014 had SI joint fusion on the right side to stabilize the joint since I have significant pain there but steroid injections just didn't last long enough. Still in pain, discs are degenerating more as the years go by and always looking for new procedures or meds that might work better than all I've tried. I'm a big advocate for aqua physical therapy. Back pain community on Webmd is great. Lot's of good advice shared. I also have COPD, RA, and subsequently depression.

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Reply: SI joint dysfunction
Good news so far since I last posted about my ifuse surgery. The nerve pain finally...More
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DDD, 2 discectomies L4-5
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Reply: Spinal Fusion after disc replacement on same level...
Hi Danielle, I have an SCS also - put in 2007 and although it was hard to tell during the...More
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DDD, 2 discectomies L4-5
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Reply: The psychological effects of chronic back pain
I agree with everyone who has responded but wanted to add that I think having a support...More
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DDD, 2 discectomies L4-5
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iFuse post-op problems
I just had ifuse surgery on my right SI joint two days ago. I haven't seen the actual...More
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DDD, 2 discectomies L4-5
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Reply: iFuse post-op problems
Thanks Joy, the last time I was online with this board I was doing research for this...More
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DDD, 2 discectomies L4-5
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Reply: SI joint dysfunction
Hi Charl, I had the ifuse surgery done on 5/6. So far I've been more aggravated than...More
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DDD, 2 discectomies L4-5
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Reply: Radiofrequency ablation
I had this done around my SI joints last year but didn't have any success. From what I've...More
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DDD, 2 discectomies L3-L4, L4-L5, ADR L4-L5, spinal stimulator implant, facet and SI joint injections, too many pain meds.
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Reply: never ending back pain
Hi unappybeoch! I'm sorry you are going through much pain (and probably depression along...More
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DDD, 2 discectomies L3-L4, L4-L5, ADR L4-L5, spinal stimulator implant, facet and SI joint injections, too many pain meds.
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Reply: SI joint dysfunction
I met with the doctor about having the ifuse surgery done and it sounds promising. He...More
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DDD, 2 discectomies L3-L4, L4-L5, ADR L4-L5, spinal stimulator implant, facet and SI joint injections, too many pain meds.
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Reply: SI joint dysfunction
Thanks for the update! Sorry to hear you are having issues with nerves still though. They...More
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DDD, 2 discectomies L3-L4, L4-L5, ADR L4-L5, spinal stimulator implant, facet and SI joint injections, too many pain meds.
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