PAIN AFTER CERVICAL DISC FUSION

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REALTRUTH
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   Posted 3/11/2008 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
confused  I  HAD CERVICAL DISC FUSION 6 YEARS AGO FIRST USING BONE FROM MY HIP THEN CADAVER BONE AND TITANIUM PLATES I CAN MOVE NOW BUT SUFFER CHRONIC PAIN IN UPPER BACK, NECK AND LEFT SHOULDER AND ARM I'VE HAD MANY TREATMENTS:
ACCUPUNCTURE, CHIROPRATIC, TRIGGER POINT INJECTIONS, PHYSICAL THERAPY, AQUA THERAPY, EPIDURAL, ETC. I TAKE VICODINE JUST TO TAKE THE EDGE OFF NOTHING REALLY HELPS   ANY SUGGESTIONS?

Chutz
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   Posted 3/11/2008 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Realtruth,

And welcome to our forum! It sure sounds like you've tried many things. I'm on narcotic pain therapy for fibromyalgia pain. It will never totally take away the pain but sure will make it tolerable. Do you see a pain specialist? That might help. Or you can just tell your Primary Care Physician that your pain isn't being controlled well enough and your quality of life stinks! Also, keep a pain journal starting today. Write in it several times a day what your pain level is on a scale from 1-10; what you did to relieve the pain; if it helped; what you were doing at the time; you get the picture. Then when you go to your doc hand it to him/her and have them read it...thoroughly! They will get a good picture of what your day to day life is like. It's much better than "oh, it hurts like crazy right here".

By the way...may I ask you to type in lower case. It's hard for many people to read the capitols. Also, on the internet, using all upper case is considered shouting. ;-)

Thanks and keep in touch,
Chutzie
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REALTRUTH
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   Posted 3/11/2008 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Chutzie

Sorry for the caps I am fairly computer ilterate I am i my 50's and this is new to me
As for a pain specialist I have been to 2 tried pacthes with litcane etc. Also my internist and orhtopedist only suggested giving me a larger am't of vicodin each month, I have tried many antinflam. meds, as well as antidepression and other pain meds
I appreciate your sugestions I am hoping someone out there has had the same surgery and share with me what they have tried and if anything else works

thanks
realtruth

REALTRUTH
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   Posted 3/11/2008 10:03 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you Bonnie after reading discrption of treatment I remembered being sent to a chiropractic center with a scrip from the ortho MD that actually said treat for myofascial pain that was a few years ago I remember it helping a little unfortunatly the woman doing the treatment moved out of US and I can not find anyone in my area that can do it

realtruth

notnu2cp
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   Posted 3/14/2008 12:50 AM (GMT -7)   

Welcome RT to the forum and sorry your having such a time with pain,that is what this place is all about.

Too bad you cant find another Doc in your area to do the treatment as it looked as though you were getting some relief and maybe in time it would have been more. Is travel possible for you at all? It may be that another Doc can and does do it but maybe a hour or so travel might be necessary as alot of us have to travel to get to a Doc who works for us. I know you said your not computer lit well many of us arent but the more you play with it the better it will get but you can try a google search in your area and see what pops.

Also the vicodin is not alot to write home about as far as pain relief for chronic disorders goes and maybe talking to your Doc about getting longer more even relief is something it may be time for and I gather from your post that upping your med is not something your too keen on doing but you also deserve the best quality of life offered hence the long acting meds play out better for chronic pain.

The pain journal is something alot of us do to help as a learning tool for our potential treaters,it also played a very good part of my disability award as well. It kind of gets sticky at the Docs trying to relay when over the course of a month or 3 months we had pain the most and what instigated it as if your anything like me I do well to recall yesterdays menu must less something that occured months and weeks ago.

My Doc has even made copies of a page now and then and added it to my record on those times an increase or addition of a med has been needed,makes it simpler to make it part of my medical chart then his having time to jot a few lines to try to show cause.

Anyway good luck to you and I hope you find some answers here and if nothing else you sure will find understanding and compassion.


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