← Return to Spinal stenosis and ablations


Spinal stenosis and ablations

Chronic Pain | Last Active: Jun 1 11:28am | Replies (18)

Comment receiving replies

Hi Justin,
Thank you for answering. I have been afraid to tell my doctor that the ablations are not as effective because I dont want to take heavy pills (kidneys iffy) or have surgery. Is there anything else I could do? I know I sound whiny. Just feel caught between rock and hard place.

Jump to this post

Replies to "Hi Justin, Thank you for answering. I have been afraid to tell my doctor that the..."

Ablations are not a cure all as you know. I don’t believe there is a sure fire cure that instantly cures neuropathy. Those of us with disk narrowing, spine issues causing pinched nerves leading to neuropathy, etc. don’t expect any magic bullets but we keep searching like you are. Back injections help but again only temporarily and too many can cause bone destruction. At some point I have found you must come to terms with your physicality and learn to cope as best you can.

Justin: I definitely agree with your decision to not get surgery. I’ve had pain in my back, hips, legs, and shoulders for fifteen years and six years ago I had back surgery hoping that I’d be getting some relief from it. After the surgery and post-surgery rehab I got a letter and a phone call from the head of the hospital where the surgery took place. The gentleman informed me that the surgeon who operated on me had made a bad mistake while operating. He apologized profusely and then advised me to hire an attorney and use him. I was stunned but followed that advice which was found in my favor and I received financial recompense. The thing is, money can’t obliterate one’s pain which I still have and it’s more severe than prior to the surgery. I see a pain management doctor once a month and I have been advised to get all sorts of treatments which I have read up on extensively and none of the treatments offered have or proven to be of long lasting benefit to anyone who has had the various treatments (mostly ablation, pain pump etc.). So I’m pretty much resigned to life long pain, taking pain meds that barely work. Sorry to be so negative.

Thank you for the hugs. Hugs back to you.