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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
Hi Charl1942, Did you get the ifuse done? If so - how did it work for you? I think I...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-Bone /Fuse Implant System
I would be greatly interested in hearing how this procedure worked for you. I'm...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: Failed back surgery syndrome
Danielle, I just realized you were the same person I was talking to about fusions on disc...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: Failed back surgery syndrome
Hi, No I have not done acupuncture yet due to it not being covered by my insurance. I...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: Back surgery thru the stomach because of scar tiss...
I had an artificial disc replacement put in L5-S1 in 2005 and they had to go through the...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: Failed Back Sugery Syndrome
A lot of us in this community are in the same place as you. It is so stressful after...More
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Post SI joint RF ablation results
Hi all, I had radio frequency ablation done to my right SI joint area a few weeks ago and...More
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Reply: Pain still after surgery ?? Help
Hi Lovey21, I'm so sorry to hear that you are having these issues post surgery. I agree...More
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Reply: Alternatives to Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy?
I forgot to add - I still have to take a lot of meds for pain and nerve issues but less...More
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Reply: Alternatives to Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy?
Hi Ms_cupcake95, I had a spinal cord stimulator implant put in around 2007 and it has...More
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