Has anyone, that has D.D.D. in the lower back plus 3 torn disc moved to a dry climate and got relief

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ace lungger
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   Posted 1/20/2009 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I have to do something, i do not what to go back to taking so much meds that  everyone around me thinks i am crazy! But I can't take a winter in this house, and live in this amount of pain. I have no life, none!!  If I stand 15 mins, my back kills me, If I walk 100 feet my back kills me, if I ride 1hr in a car my back kills me. All the Doc's and surgeons, say I have all this damage plus severve artheridous (sorry about the  spelling) and I am wondering about wheter or not a dyer climate will help with the pain? Today the high was 32 degrees, but the humidity was 68!!
 I would like to hear from anyone that has tried this and if it has or hasn;t help! I am at the end of my rope, why live in a 10 by 12 room if there isn't any hope of getting out. There are so many people that have it worst than me, but i don't know how they feel! And I know how I feel. but I would like to know if the dryer climate helps with the pain!
thanks
ACE

deb in indiana
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   Posted 1/20/2009 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I went to Fl. for 10 days and when i got home i haven't felt better and it's been 2 weeks now.Deb

ace lungger
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   Posted 1/20/2009 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Fl, is not were you want to go for dry climate, so I don't think you could say wether or not you felt better when you were down there or not. But I do thank you for reply.
ACE

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   Posted 1/20/2009 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I have DDD and 3 levels of disc herniations along with multi-levels of spinal stenosis. I also suffer from psoriatric arthritis and anemia of chronic disease. I am the ripe old age of 50. Obviously, I have pain issues for which I wear a 100 ugh fentanyl paych and take 30 mg of roxy up to 4 times a day. The florida weather does not help as ot really is not dry. We get rainy weather and cold fronts. Arizona is a state with dry weather. Anyway, my pm d
oc wants me to look at the possibility of a 3-4 level fusion so I will be looking at surgeons down here.

Alan

ace lungger
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   Posted 1/20/2009 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   

Good luck Alan,

 If you have a 3-4 level fusion, you will be sorry, there is a Doctor in Munick Germany that can fix you, but trying to get someone to pay for it ?????? The only time in 6 years I was out of pain was when I was on the 100mg Fentanyl patch, but all my family said I was craz, so I went to the 75mg, and now I am on the 50mg, and my life isn't worth a plug nickle.

 

Alan, check hard, I have never talked to anyone that has had over a 2 level fusion have any success! I would pay a attroney to right up a legal affadavit stating that I ___________ surgeon  fully supports and with out a doubt this will get you out of pain, there is no surgeon in the world that will sign that.

One level okay, anything other than that, the one above or below will go bad!

It's your life, but out of 4 surgeons 3 out of the four said it won't work!

Later ACE,  I wish you well my Friend


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   Posted 1/22/2009 2:30 AM (GMT -7)   
wolf. Us he considering doing these fusions two at a time or all at once.
HEALTH ISSUES: Herniated discs at S-1-L5, L5-L4, L4-L3. Two level fusion (2000); one level fusion (2002); Revision at L4-L3 (2003). Slight herniation at L2-3 but Neurosurgeons will not operate because of previous failed surgeries. Diagnosed with Failed Back Syndrome, Permanent Nerve damage and Chronic Pain

Medications:

Kadian, Lexipro, Percocet, Lunista, Topamax and Robaxin.


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 1/22/2009 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Ace,
I don't know about the dry air but I have to disagree w/ Wolf about our warm Florida weather helping the pain. I lived up north and go back to visit once in a while and I know for sure that I would not be the same person if I lived up there. I am able to still work here, don't know for how much longer but up in that cold I'd definitly be walking in your shoes Ace! I have DDD and some ruptured discs, stenosis, and of course riddled w/ arthritis in my back and neck for starters. I don't remember all the L's & C's because it's been 6 or 7 years since my last MRI's up there, been working on legs and hips lately. My Doc keeps writing scrips for MRI's but I keep telling him I'm still paying off the ones for my knees & hips!
Don't lauph but we had a low of 35 yesterday and 32 last night here and my back is in agony! The meds I take are not touching it and as soon as I turn off my tens unit, the pain is right there. It usually goes down a few numbers after I use it but not today! So, Yes, I live in S.E. Florida and although it was the coldest it's been here in 3 years, I'll still take it over New Jersey!
Your friend,
Pete
55 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy (Testim Gel)since 12/06 but switched to a higher dose of (Androgel) 6/08. 55 and still alive and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on an aircraft carrier heading for Hong Kong and the other on a Gator Freighter stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


ace lungger
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   Posted 1/22/2009 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pete,
 The cold kills me!!! And also something to do with the barometeric pressure, i can tell when the weather is going to change. I think I have casued my self some more problems, I have been in bed now about 2 1/2 weeks because that is were I am out of most the pain, today they say HA HA it will be 67 degrees my 4:pm, To keep my self from going insane, I work with cowboy leather, 1800's period correct. I have had a real nice gentleman waiting on his rig, and he knows how I am, if someone wants something tomorrow they have to go some were else! Me thinking okay I have done all I can do on it in the house, and 67 be nice, I will go out turn the heat on low to take the chill off, and try to finish it this pm Ha Ha!
 So I am out there sitting in a chair that has a spring loaded back, that I keep set just right in case I start having the spasmes, if that does help I have a faithing couch 6 feet away and I can Lye down, untill it settles down enough for me to make it in the house. Here I am, just putting up my hand tools that I had in the house, and all of a sudden my right legs goes to skaking and it won't stop!! And then I start shaking all over, I got to the house, laiddown, and have gotten back to no shakes. I think I have to force my self to get up and move no matter how much it hurts!! I only way 153lbs, I have lost 15lbs since I was takin off work. I have allways been a people person, never have liked being alone, so as I had mentioned, I am going to have to get up and move around, my wife works 24 hrs a week, and has done so for 30 years, when she came home for lunch today I ask her when it warms up some would she walk with me, she told me I had all day i could do that walking during the day!! I know she is going threw the change and 80% of the time she is pissed at the world, So I guess I will be walking during the day. If I ever get the W.C. thing settled, I am going to have to go to Arizona in the winter time and see if I can find a place that doesn't get to cold, and stay a couple weeks or a month and see how  it agrees with me!
Thanks for talking to me Pete.
I hope you can find some relief, someway!
ACE

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   Posted 1/22/2009 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Alan, I have c3,c4,c5,c6,and c7 titanium plate in my cervical spine. Plus I now have a herniated disc at the t1,t2 level. The problem with fusions and even plates is the additional weight can cause ruptures right on down your spine. If you absol have to have surgery it must be with a plate as there is to great a risk of failure of just a bone fusion. After my surgery I am now on 350 mgs of morphine a day and am still in pain at 8.5 on a 10 scale. When I retire, I'm moving to either southwest Arizona or southeast Cal. Why do you think all of us old people go there? (I'm 50 and have had chronic pain for 20 yrs now). You must do your best to survive w/o surgery as surgery is really only effective at fixing problems but not the symptoms. Good luck!

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   Posted 1/22/2009 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Is anybody out there?

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   Posted 1/22/2009 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey cutie, what's you doin here?

jenpen400
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   Posted 1/24/2009 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I have DDD stenosis etc. and live in San Antonio TX . Dry and warm is good cold and Damp is bad. We have weather form the West it is usually dry if it comes from the east off the coast its humid. I have to wait at the bus stop with the kids at 6:20 every morning if it is damp and cold it is murder I can't wait for the bus to get here. I sometimes wear a warmed wrap around my neck just to take the cold damp weather. Hope this helps.

jennifer
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Becoming undone
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   Posted 1/27/2009 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
For those of you wanting to come to AZ...are you going to live up north in the summer? Don't just come and check it out during the winter (which by the way, is so much nicer than the rest of the country with the exception of HI), make sure you can handle the heat,cause sometimes it can make inflammatory diseases feel worse. This summer was soooo long and last summer was longer. We didn't get out of the 100's until November...and it does freeze overnight...on occasion.

Me, I was born here. Anything under 80 and I feel cold and stiff. Yes my pain increases with the cold, but I love being able to go out and feel the warmth of the sun on days like today. So I count my blessings...

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   Posted 1/30/2009 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ace,
I live in Phoenix all year long....this USED to be the place to come for Arthritis, allergies etc. Many of us East Coast people moved here for various reasons. Unfortunately, alot of people missed the greenery of where they lived before, first came grass then came alot of the plants and trees....lots and lots of Pools. So now we are the allergy capital and NOT the place for Arthritis relief. We do have low humidity BUT when its mixed with 115 degrees and Monsoon Season, its awful!
In my opinion it is BEAUTIFUL here, 2 hours away we have Flagstaff, cooler weather in the summer and snow if you feel the urge to in the winter. Maybe some relief for some but overall not much.
edt

Denim
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   Posted 2/2/2009 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I came from the Northeast and was a workout nut. I hurt myself one month after moving to Arizona. I have been in pain the whole time, except that first month. I don't know if it would be worse elsewhere. In fact, I thought the lack of humidity might not be helpful. Just grasping at straws. I would live anywhere to be not in pain at this point.
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