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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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Cortisone Injection on SI joint - subsequent groin...
I had an SI joint injection to the right side SI joint last week in preparation for radio...More
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Reply: Spinal Fusion after disc replacement on same level...
Hi freewaybaby, This is most helpful to know. I do have nerve pain down both legs to my...More
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Reply: Therapy In Water
This is good news! I try to tell folks all the time how pool PT really helps with chronic...More
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Reply: injections for facet pain...
I tried them 5 years ago and had absolutely no help from them but then recently my facets...More
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Reply: Dealing with pain and people who just dont get it
I can completely relate to your issue. I used to be on the go all the time. Now I'm on...More
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Reply: numb butt!
I'm glad you are seeing an MD about this. Numbness is nothing to fool around with and...More
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Reply: Spinal Fusion after disc replacement on same level...
I had a Charite disc replacement in 2006 also and still have a ton of chronic pain in...More
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Reply: Back Pain and Relationships
From a womans perspective it is VERY difficult on a all relationships. Women now-a-days...More
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Reply: Failed back surgery syndrome
Hi - I've tried fentanyl patches and they made me more loopy than usual so I had to stop...More
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Reply: Failed back surgery syndrome
NormalPlease - I really do think that I may have this condition based on the defintions...More
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