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Hi. I’m Michelle and I’ve recently had a lumbar spine surgery, which really went very well for my back and took away all the pain. But about three weeks after the surgery I developed nerve pain in the top of my foot and in my big toe . I just begun to take gabapentin but my system doesn’t seem to enjoy it. I feel spacey but I can tell it lowers the pain except at night. Just today I tried wrapping A lidocaine patch around the top of my foot and kind of over my big toe. It is really made a difference today, then again I am not sure if it’s the gabapentin small dose, or the patch I put on. I have had this chronic pain now for approximately two months perhaps a little longer.
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I would like to hear more fromtwokitties. Concerning her upcomingsurgery on her legs.I seem to be suffering from the same conditions. Seeing chiorpractornow,not sure.have it so bad in hips and downlegs. Had PT also,cannot take onemile walk anymore. I too am 72.Love to hear from anyone.Success
HI @leh09, I’ve been through a great deal of chronic pain most of my life. What would you like to talk about?
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I’m sorry 2 hear you’ve been coping with chronic pain a long time. I haven’t had it that long.But,about 20 yrs..I do find it hard 2 cope with so much all the time.Or just about.Take care.
dbentley – I had the pain stimulator put in about 3 years ago, onethat St Judes uses, true it rumbled my body badly, did no good, andwould continue to rumble even after shut off. Had it taken out lastyear. True there may be a newer model, but I am reluctant to have a6th surgery with 38 staples again. Nothing seems to work for me. hankyou – you have an updated one that seems to work better, but one canonly withstand so many surgeries…..
to @briansr from ladyjan85 Had the trial on neurostimulator and thenthe implant for over one year. Did nothing better than a TENSunit which is only supposed to make your brain forget the pain and listento the rumble. Huh. If a lot of pain, up to 9 and 10 level does no good.Since this reqired 38 staples to remove, and I had the best neurosurgeon Icertainly would not try it again. They admit it MAY reduce as much as 50%of some pain….
@twokitties. Do not worry over a laminectomy – it is a smallincision to remove the troubled area. Wait until you need surgerywithlong incisions up and down with rod and screws. I have had 5surgeries, and many needle procedures. I sincerely hope yours worksand that is as far as you need to go in surgeries….ladyjane85
Hi I have chronic pain since 2015 I go to a pain clinic. I used to be involved in the pain association. I’d love to talk anytime. We can do it right here
What is the pain assosiation. Ive been in pain for 33yrs, 8spinal surgeries and 5 auto immune diseaces
@briansr Do you mean this chat group, or do you mean a Dr who is part ofa Pain Management group? ladyjane85
@success101 Hello. You said you would like to hear from me. Just to tell you a little more about me. My leg pain has been ongoing for over 2 years. I’ve tried physiotherapy, dry needling, various recommended exercises, chiropractors, acupuncture & an epidural. Nothing helped. I take morphine to be able to cope & I get things done. My surgery is scheduled for June 6th. The thought of the scalpel in my back,makes me shiver but my surgeon is very reassuring & has given me hope. You say you have the same condition. How are you coping?
Would like to hear from others who have gone through this.
@twokitties Hello twokitties my name is briansr..I saw your post and wish you all the luck on your surgery. Ive had 8 low back and cervical surgeries, all were a have to. The first two were lumbar L4-S1, I couldn’t walk. You might need some help when you get home. I am done, everyone I’ve had has caused the disc above or below to crumble. This has been a 33yr battle and they want to another one. I’m sure yours will go fine. I asked my dr what was wrong with me and he just said I was messed up. I will say a prayer for a speedy recoverj and no more leg pain. briansr
Hello brainsr. Thanks for your interest. Your situation is much more dire. I certainly hope for better days for you. It is frightening that you’ve had to have multiple surgeries seemingly caused by the previous. I don’t think my surgery involves any discs, only osteoarthritic growths that are are causing spinal stenosis.
Hello ladyjane85. After reading the many posts of multiple surgeries & decades of pain, my situation sounds minor indeed but these posts are also quite frightening. What if my surgery doesn’t help also or only leads to more pain & less hope! Must stop over thinking & stay positive.
@ladyjane85 Keep a positive attitude and all will be well surgery helps most people. 19lin
Hello twokitties. I think your situation is dire compared to mine. I do have lots of pain in hip and legs.exercises everyday from PT.That has helped.Seeing chiorpractor .Will have to see how she works out. This has been going on for one yesr.Somenights not much sleep. Still hani,g in there. Did figure out cannot wear flat shoes.
Wedge heel works good. Meditate,and,so far hope,,to be back walking. Good luck to you.
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