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New Member

Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 2/27/2009 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello. I have just joined this message board want to introduce myself. I am a 55-year old woman who has had chronic low back pain since 1995. For the last couple of years I have also had chronic pain in my right foot, as well as chronic pelvic pain.  All of my problems have one thing in common, namely that the cause is unknown. My back pain seems to be disk-related (based on two  diskograms), although my MRI shows only one small bulge at L4-L5. The lack of a clear cause of my back pain has always been a source of frustration. The foot problem appears to be structural. Heel surgery last October didn't help. The pelvic pain apparently stems from a "pelvic floor" problem. My PT says I have tight pelvic muscles, which are impinging on a nerve (the pudental nerve). For pain relief I use a fentanyl patch (75 micrograms), which I have used for over eight years.  I work full time, for which I am grateful, as my jobs helps distract me from the pain. Well, that's my story.  Thanks for listening.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 6795
   Posted 2/28/2009 12:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Birdlover,
It's late and I'm a little out of it, but wanted to welcome you to the chronic pain forum of Healing Well. So sorry to learn of all your problems, and although doctors can't find a "cause" most all of us here with back pain have learned how complex our spines are, and it takes very little to create a lot of pain.

I'm glad you've found us. We're not doctors, but this is a great support system, and we share our experiences as well as have a little crazy-sounding fun now and then. Feel free to jump in anywhere!

Again, welcome. BTW I'm a 59 y/o female, so we're about in the same age range. I got laid off from my part time job while I was out on medical leave for lumbar fusion surgery, so now there are lots of problems on my plate. Lots of problems on all our plates!


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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/28/2009 1:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Birdlover,
Sorry to hear of the complex problems. Most of us who have dealt with this kind of pain for a length of time hear on a regular basis from the medical profession that thre are not many clear answers. My PCP nad I have a great relationship and he does not doubt anything that I relate to him. He also lets me know just where he is at and his frustration at not being able to do more. I also work full time which helps tremendously as a diversion. My main problem comes about 8 pm when I try and settle down and the distractions end. The I come face to face with what has been there all day but hidden by all the business of the day. This is a great site and it helps to talk to others that experience the same things. Through this forum we find we have more in common then we thought at first. I am also in the fabulous fifties.

Regular Member

Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 489
   Posted 2/28/2009 2:48 AM (GMT -6)   
just want to say HI.
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Surgery to fuse L3 and L4 vertabra Dec. 31,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.

New Member

Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 8
   Posted 3/1/2009 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, i am new too, and don;t think i have a lot to complain about compared to some.  my problems also come from two bulging discs, L3/4 and S1/5 bi-lateral.  luckily they are not bad enough for surgery but i get a lot of leg pain, thighs and knees, and various pins and needles and buzzing, and heat sensation in my feet,  i can't sit down for very long so am unable to work.  it is very slowly improving, 18 months in now and still spend a lot of time lying on floor!  tramadol helps a little but trying to come off it.  trying a lot of natural supplements instead.  I am 47 female.  Doc thinks weak back due to gallbladder surgery in 84 - old style huge scar - and 3 c-sections. 

Regular Member

Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 28
   Posted 3/1/2009 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new as well, but wanted to welcome you aboard. Seems like nice loving people here!!

Medical Problems:  Chondromalacia Patellafoemoral Syndrome-Bilat Knees, Causes me alot of pain
                                  Major Depressive Disorder/Anxiety/PTSD-My main problem I can't get a handle on
                                  Fibro-Not treated with meds, streching, relaxtion techniques help me
                                  Endometroisis/Adhesions Stage 4-Better after my total hysterectomy
                                  ADD since childhood, treated with meds when in school, just started back on meds
Meds: Pristiq(depression) Ambien (sleep) Dexedrine (ADD) Clonozepam PRN (anxiety)
            OTC-Womens One A Day Vitamin  Glucosamine/Chondroitin and tons of Emu Cream for knees
I lost my mother to suicide in 2003, my father to cancer in 2007 and my grandmother this month...I have not been right since my mothers suicide, mentally speaking.  I am trained to save lives, and I could not save her......

Veteran Member

Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 773
   Posted 3/1/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi and Welcome to all of you!

So sad to see that we are all here for the same reason with different causes!  Most of us here have some or most of our symptoms with an unknown cause (or have heard gee you have problems in your L spine but none bad enough to cause your symptoms).  What we do have is a great network of caring, loving people who support each other and that helps us (me at least) stay sane....well sort of lol.

Feel free to vent and we will help you in any way that we can!!


Pete trips again!
Veteran Member

Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1899
   Posted 3/1/2009 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi BirdLover, Tabithacat & EMT Jane! So glad Y'all descided to post. Sorry for the reasons that you did but you definitly came to the right place. Our little family just keeps growing which is (for selfish reasons) good for the rest of us. There always seems to be someone here who knows exactly what you are talking about when you need a shoulder to cry on. You usually can't find that in the real world where no one cares about your pain and if you are lucky enough to have someone who does, they still have no idea what you are really going through. Welcome to our little CP family.
Your new friend & brother,
56 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> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 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 the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis in port in Japan and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 

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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 1713
   Posted 3/1/2009 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Birdlover and all who posted who are new, welcome welcome welcome!!! I am so glad to see new people join us here at Healing Well. We are truly a growing family and like a family we all try to support one another and lend an ear.

I am Linda and I have a back history as well and know just what you mean when you discuss back pain and leg and foot symptoms. I have been there and on occasion still am there. My main complaints are fibromyalgia related though, which occurs in my legs and feet mostly. We all sure do sympathize with one another.

Please feel free to keep posting and let us get to know you and you get to know all of us. We are so glad you are here!

Gentle Hugs,

Moderator Chronic Pain
Believe in yourself.  Be kind to fellow humans and animals.  Take time to smell the flowers and the coffee.
And by all means, when you are down, ask me for help.  I will be there.

New Member

Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 8
   Posted 3/2/2009 4:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all and thanks - EMTJenn you certainly have some rubbish stuff going on - I feel for you.  And Pete - you will love being a Grandad when the time comes - I have have a grandson - 2 1/2 years and he is fab!

Veteran Member

Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 2976
   Posted 3/2/2009 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello there Birdlover & Tabithacat,

Thanks for sharing your stories with us! Welcome to the CP board of HW! It seems like this weekend has brought about a great wave of new comers! We're very sorry to see you here because you too suffer from this evil monster that is pain, but glad to have you join our family! Keep posting, you'll find that we are wonderfully supportive & understanding!


Veteran Member

Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 6795
   Posted 3/2/2009 11:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Tabithacat,
I wanted to add my welcome, too! I think I've said hello to most everyone, but I miss people on occasion. Brain fog. Sorry! But I love the name!


Veteran Member

Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 1559
   Posted 3/3/2009 6:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I too want to welcome Tabitha and Bird. So sorry that you have to join us here. Its sad that so many are new and have pain.
What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P

Forum Moderator

Date Joined Feb 2003
Total Posts : 13364
   Posted 3/3/2009 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I can only reiterate what the others have said, welcome to HW. I am so sorry any of you have to be here suffering with CP. Welcome aboard and hang onto your hat. You have come to a good place to vent, talk, cry, rant whatever you feel the need to do. We do have alot of support here and thats very much needed, because chronic pain is not understood by most which makes it frustrating. Its an unseen disease and as a rule people do not get it and half the time neither do the drs. So complex to say the least.

This is just a quick welcome to you new folks. Keep posting and teling about yourselves....Susie

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