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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 lumbar discectomies in 2003. 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 later, I had a spinal stimulator implant put in 2007. Now I'm on permanent disability. Still in pain and always looking for new procedure s 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: 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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Reply: Failed back surgery syndrome
TRS1960 - I agree with you that the term can implicate the surgeon and surgeries are...More
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Reply: Failed back surgery syndrome
Wow - a lot of great suggestions here. I am definately going to look into gabepentin....More
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Reply: Failed back surgery syndrome
Oh - ok. They usually have cortisone in the steroid shots so that is what I thought you...More
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Reply: 3 Laminectomy's, 4 Diskectomy's, can's handle the...
Wow! I just want to tell you that reading your story makes me realize how we all (those...More
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Reply: Seeking direction on battle with bulging discs
Thanks Joy - it does explain a little better what you meant. I agree it is best to figure...More
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