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Jul 25, 2018 · Overdid it again! in Spine Health

I suffer from pain from failed back surgery syndrome, spondilitis, sciatica, herniated L4-L5,L5-S1, severe neuropathy from back surgery and many more thing than there is space to write. I have worked so hard to get myself able to walk again. It has literally taken me years to get where I am and in the course of a weekend…I totally set myself back to square one again. Thais weekend I moved and even though I am not supposed to lift more than a gallon of milk, I lifted boxes and tried to get myself and my son moved. I took my pain medication, used my tens and scs and as of Sunday I was in so much pain that it hurt to even breathe. I called my girls to come and help but I just feel so ashamed and embarrassed and sad because I had to call them over on their days ofc to do for me. I couldn’t even get out of bed all day yesterday and forget sleep. I’m afraid I did something really bad to my back. I felt it pop when I was trying to stack a large box over my head. I know, I know, i shouldnt have even tried it but i did and now its too late. I’m not sure if I should go get it checked out of wait for a few days. Maybe I just overdid it and it’s just angry muscles. What do you guys think?

Jul 25, 2018 · Sciatica pain in Spine Health

I have had 2 laminectomies. If anything, my back feels much tighter and more sore than before. It involves removing some of the vertibrate at the facet joints to create more room for a surgeon work, in my case both a microdiscectomy and an implanted spinal cord stimulator. In some cases it also frees entrapped pinched nerve roots due to osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease. Carefully consider pros and cons of the surgery and ask many many questions before hand. I was not well informed before my surgery about all the things that could go wrong and did. Better to be safe than sorry.

Jul 16, 2018 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Nice to meet you @ psearby17! It might be a good idea to mention how you've been feeling to your family dr or pain Dr, if you have one. It's common for someone to develop depression and anxiety when they are is constant pain. There thing your Dr can do to help with the. I have major depression, all my life. It did get worse after my failed back surgery and my Dr needed to increase my dose.
Do you have grown children or parents that you enjoy visiting with? Even something like that or a phone call to a friend is just enough to distract you from the pain. It's about all I can do these day since walking is so difficult. I know about the inflamed coccyx. I broke mine during a forcep delivery of my oldest child. I still have to sit on a hard chair with a leg under my butt to take the pressire off. My mom's was so bad it poked through the bottom of spine and thru the skin! Have you tried strategically placing pillows in a way that takes the pressure off that part of your spine? Have you tried a tens? There are good ones on Amazon if you're interseted. Have you spoke with a surgeon or pain management yet? You need to sleep or it's just going to make things worse. Keeping you in my prayers {{hugz}}

Jul 15, 2018 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

@mdmo thanks for the info about the pain pump. My pain Dr keeps pushing me to have one but I've been dragging my feet with it mostly because I didn't want another surgery. I have a neighbor who has one and he likes his but he never goes anywhere. Most of my family live a great many miles from me, one daughter lives in Germany. I usually spend a month at a time there. Knowing that I may have trouble getting my medication helps me to decide.

Jul 15, 2018 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

@lioness it sort of is like a tens but no one else can feel it if they touch you and it doesn't really feel the same. The wires (paddles in my case) are implanted between the spine and the vertebrate and the wires are funneled under the skin to a battery under the skin either in the butt, back or like mine, the belly. Its sort of like what they use for people who have pacemakers. Similar battery
You use a hand held device to adjust the amount of buzz, intensity and to switch between programs. I have to charge mine every 3 or 4 days but some come with a non rechargeable battery.

Jul 15, 2018 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

@lioness my mom used to use that on my brothers for growing pains! I remember her rubbing their legs when they played to hard and had leg pains at night. Mine isn't restless leg although I used to get that all the time. I had a b-12 deficiency and once started taking it that stopped. I can literally see my muscles jumping in my leg and if I move the wrong way, I get a weird kind of cramp from my thigh to my foot. Sometimes if I push really hard behind my knee, I can make it stop along with the stinging in my foot but it's only temporary and I can't sleep that way. My pain Dr had a cream compounded and shipped to me that helps some. I put it everywhere and then wait 10 minutes and follow with lidocaine cream. I'm not sure what exactly is in the first cream but I do know it has Gabapentin and some sort of muscle relaxer that is absorbed through the skin but they said it has something for pain in it as well. I may have to look up Arnica cream though.

Jul 15, 2018 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Thanks @nmo2016. I'll take all the prayers you can give. I try not to get discouraged especially when I know others are suffering much worse than I am. Some days are better than others. Keeping you in my prayers too.

Jul 15, 2018 · Implantable neurostimulator for chronic pain in Spine Health

I have a Medtronic with paddle leads since 2015. I should have asked more questions about the procedure and what would happen if I changed my mind after I had the permanent placed. I assumed it would be flexible wire leads and it wasn't so when I went in for my trial, I had to have another laminectomy while I was awake so that they could put in my paddle leads. I then went home the same day and returned 3 days later. If I wanted the permanent, then they would put me to sleep and implant the rest. If I didn't want it, then they would put me to sleep and take out the paddles. I didn't have to wait or go through all that surgery over again but I could have done without another laminectomy since it was only a few months after my first one. It did help my pain for about half my nerve pain in my leg but did nothing for my back pain that is getting worse every day. I thought it was for both but it wasn't. I have a regular stim not the hf kind so it is a bit too intense sometimes with the buzzing. I wish I had waited since my nerve pain became manageable over time and my surgeon says he will not take my paddles out since it was small inside my spinal canal so I have to keep it even though I don't use it much anymore. Also, if you get paddle leads, you can't have an MRI even to the head. I wasn't told that before hand. Good luck hope that helps answer some questions.