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JuvaPJJuvaP Posts: 52
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi Everybody,
I'm so happy to have ound yall. After muddling around among folks who tried to empathize, but didn't fully understand, it's comforting to have someplace to reach out & touch somebody.
Thinking bck, I think my problems started quite a few years back when I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I had a hysterectome about 4 years ago, because of recurrent lower abdominal & back pain.
In the last 1 1/2 years, the pain started shooting down my left leg. Finally had an MRI in may that showed a bulging disc @ L5-S1, with degeneration & a nerve root sheath cyst @ T12-L1. Doctor prescribed oral steriods, then anti-inflamatories & recently a series of ESI's. They refused to administer 3rd injection, because I was steadily getting worse.
Over the last 3 months, the pain has become excruciating & I've been forced to take a leave from my job, because when I'd get home after sitting behind a desk all day, I'd be writhing in pain.
Recently, the pains in my lower abdomen have returned, along with the sciatica & numbness in my left foot. I have an appointment with a surgeon on 9-20. My PCP seems to think that surgery is my best option at this point. He has only given me 10mg of lortab, 4 times daily & muscle relaxers. They aren't even touching it anymore.
Anyway, I'm hoping to be able to offer as much support as I receive. Thanks for listening, Juva


  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. so glad you finally stopped by!! i am sorry you are having pain issues.. i do hope you don't have to face surgery.. if this does seem to be the route, be sure and get a second opinion.. it is invaluable to you... the more information you have the better for your recovery!!! stop by the "Back and Neck surgery forum" for some more input.. good luck to you and stop by anytime! Jenny :)
  • Welcome to Spine-Health. There are some great articles on this site that covers the gamut of spine issues, treatment, chronic pain, surgery, etc. And the forums have some great members who are very knowledgeable and supportive.

    I'm sorry to hear about your ongoing and growing pain issues, but am happy that you found us. Some of us are neckies, some lumbar or thoracic, but many of us have had two or more problem areas.

    What kind of surgeon are you seeing? Is he/she a spine specialist? Many of us here prefer a surgeon who is fellowhip-trained and works only on spines. My particular doctor specializes in serious cervical spine problems, although he also did my lumbar surgery. Having confidence in your surgeon is so important, so if this is the first time meeting this surgeon and you don't have a great feeling about him/her, then don't hesitate to get a second and/or third opinion. Spine surgery is very invasive, so having the right surgeon and having 100% confidence in them is very important.

    Again, welcome to SH and it's good to have you here.
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  • Hi Cath,
    Thank You for the warm welcome. I'm seeing a neurosurgeon & looking at his web site, it seems that he did have a fellowship. Evidently, he & his brother share a practice.
    This may sound pitiful, but I'd be afraid to try to get a second opinion. I was scheduled to see a different surgeon 4 months ago. He canceled on me at the last minute 3 different times & rescheduled subsequent appointment for a month apart. I wasted 3 months just trying to get a consult. In the meantime, the pain has gotten unbelievably worse, now it's to the point of having trouble walking & my toes are numb & the pain has progressed to the front of my lower abdomen.
    I live in a very rural area & decent healthcare is hours away.
    I think having some support is priceless at a time like this. Most people don't understand the incredible pian, because outwardly we look fine.
    Sooo happy to have found yall!!!
  • I understand about the apprehension in getting a second opinion. I never got one either. The minute I met my surgeon I knew he was the one I needed and he's never done me wrong. I had complete trust in him from our first meeting and still, two years later. I also have a great relationship with his PA. So, hopefully you'll really like this surgeon and have the same experience I had and you won't feel the need to look further.

    You're so right - it's very comforting here knowing that there are so many who know how you feel and have walked in your shoes. Our family and friends really can't understand like the members here, although they may try and can be supportive like my hubby. But nothing beats having others know exactly what you're feeling and talking about.

  • Sorry you're having so much pain and had to wait so long for a consult that never happened. Can you review your medications with your Dr? Although still in pain everyday, I'm not screaming or writhing in pain anymore due to proper titration of medications. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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