Still in pain after surgery

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snobrdgrl321
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 12/16/2009 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, my surgery was in September and I am feeling a "little" better.
(I has a scyovial cyst) Although, my upper back is SO painful. (They didnt do
anything for the TSC) I can only think that it is now compesating for the
lower back........IDK
Also, the pain in my leg has returned. This is the pain I was having b4 the
surgery....Ugh...
I dont know what to do anymore. I am just SO tired of hurting all the time. I am
no longer on anything for pain, except ibuprophen....and that dosent help at
all! smhair 
I have been diganosed as depressed and cant sleep so I am on Ambien &
Prozac. And my hubby just lost his job. Now I am the bread winner and everyday
is killing me more and more.....I just dont know what to do anymore.

I have a Dr appointment today with my regular family practice Dr and we will be
discussing the pain.
I really hope something can be done...

I have been having to leave work early, and once I get thru a couple hours of
work the pain in so bad that I cant even focus on what I am doing....
It is really effecting my life & work.
I guess I am hoping that he will eventuly figure this out, but I guess I know
deep down that he wont......
Ugh, I just wanna feel better and be able to work & support my family.

Thanks for listening
Donna


Donna
 
*****************************
Tethered Spinal Cord
1.5x1.2 cm spinal cord cyst at L5/S1
  (Lumbar Laminectemy completed 9/10/09)
Scolosis
Migrains
Leg Deformity
Foot Deformity 
Knee Pain
Hip Pain
Back Pain
Neck Pain
Severe Depression
Insomenia
 
"I'm not going to vacuum 'till Sears makes one
you can ride on"
~Roseane Barr~
 


Jim1969
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   Posted 12/16/2009 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hang in there Donna and I hope some relief is soon on its way to you.

Sometimes it helps my mood to daydream a bit about going in for a doctor's appointment and breaking a leg of the doctor and making him/her walk about 20 miles on it and every time the doc begs to rest or for some medicine for the pain tell them they don't need it.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.


bsjaguar
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   Posted 12/16/2009 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Looks like it may be time for you to consider seeing a pain management doctor. I don't know what kind of work you do though. I always worked around moving machinery so I could never find a doctor that would prescribe anything narcotic for pain relief. Ultram, generic name is tramadol, may be something for you to consider. It is a non-narcotic pain med and I did take it for about a year. Everyone is different with meds but it helped me with little or no side effects & most doctors feel comfortable prescribing it.
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 12/16/2009 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
    Hello Donna! I have to agree with Jag on this one...and it can be difficult to work and be on pain meds...and many companys have strict rules on it as well...so be careful. I hope you can find some relief...and if you do find a PM...make sure you get only what you need and no more. If you think the dosage is too high...ask to have it lowered to just where you can function. It is best to stay on the low side, and give yourself some room to work up. Hang in there! :) I know it's tuff to do! Please keep us updated on your progress, as we all can learn from it along with you.
 
     Michael

snobrdgrl321
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   Posted 12/16/2009 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I work in an office at a desk. So at times I am stationary for long periods and then again at times I am all over the place with faxing & copying, etc...
 
I only want some relief. And if I need to work up to that, Im fine with that. But I can tell you that Ibuprophen and tylenol just dont come anywhere close to helping.
 
Thanks for the info and I will keep everyone updated.
Donna
 
*****************************
Tethered Spinal Cord
1.5x1.2 cm spinal cord cyst at L5/S1
  (Lumbar Laminectemy completed 9/10/09)
Scolosis
Migrains
Leg Deformity
Foot Deformity 
Knee Pain
Hip Pain
Back Pain
Neck Pain
Severe Depression
Insomenia
 
"I'm not going to vacuum 'till Sears makes one
you can ride on"
~Roseane Barr~
 


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 12/16/2009 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
    Donna< I looked at some of your past postings, and it looked like your Dr had you on Percocet's and then Oxycontin. Did he take you off of them? ...and I noticed that you tried the Fent patch...and it did nothing for you. Can he put you back on the oxycontin?

snobrdgrl321
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 278
   Posted 12/16/2009 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Eagle,
 
 The Oxy was very very short term. And the Fentynal didnt work at all. As a matter of fact, I also found out while I was in the hospital with my surgery that  moraphine does not work on me either....I was actually quite suprised!
After the surgery they had me on a short, small amount of Dilaudud, them moved me down to vicotin for a very very short time again. And then cut me off.
I am going to take controll of my appointment today.
I know I need to or nothing will get done.
Wish me luck!
 
Donna
 
*****************************
Tethered Spinal Cord
1.5x1.2 cm spinal cord cyst at L5/S1
  (Lumbar Laminectemy completed 9/10/09)
Scolosis
Migrains
Leg Deformity
Foot Deformity 
Knee Pain
Hip Pain
Back Pain
Neck Pain
Severe Depression
Insomenia
 
"I'm not going to vacuum 'till Sears makes one
you can ride on"
~Roseane Barr~
 


Screaming Eagle
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Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 5005
   Posted 12/16/2009 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   

   Donna, I was put on Morphine 15mg and it also did nothing for me...I turned in the bottle back to the Dr..and they looked at me like I was an Idiot...and said no one does that!....I said why would I want to continue to take something that does nothing. I never went back to them again. Took forever to get what i did....and two weeks later they had a MS Contin script ready for me...I just said Thanks, but no Thanks! ....and went back to my PCD....he took over from there. Two days ago I went to another PM...and he said he would take me on as a Patient. Good Luck to you!

 

   Michael


skeye
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   Posted 12/16/2009 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Donna,

I'm so sorry to hear that you've been having such a rough time lately! It sounds like you have a lot on your plate right now! I know how frustrating it can be recovering from a surgery. Once the problem is fixed you want to feel better right away! Unfortunately that's not always the way it works. Some people heal faster than others, but regardless, 3 months is not a long time out. Personally, I always expect recovery to take twice as long as the doctors tell me. I've had 3 major shoulder surgeries, among other things & the doc told me to expect 6 - 9 months recovery time. Well, recovery from my first surgery took me about two years (although there were other reasons why recovery was so slow) & each of the remaining surgeries took 12 - 18 months for me to be feeling halfway normal. I know that you are disappointed, but give it a little more time. Maybe things will start to improve in the next month or two. And if they don't, well, then maybe something else is going on that is causing your pain. Don't give up quite yet! In the mean time, hopefully your doctor(s) can help you find some relief from the pain! We all know how horrible it is to live with unrelenting pain 24/7! I really hope you start feeling better soon!

Skeye

snobrdgrl321
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 278
   Posted 12/17/2009 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   

Well, I went to my Primary Dr yesterday and he stated that I would need to contact the Surgeon that did my surgery to see how he wants me to follow up. But, he did give me a small amount of pain meds to "get by" until I can been seen again by the surgeon.

So maybe all is not lost after all.

I have called the surgeon and now waiting on a call back to see what I need to do.

Thanks


Donna
 
*****************************
Tethered Spinal Cord
1.5x1.2 cm spinal cord cyst at L5/S1
  (Lumbar Laminectemy completed 9/10/09)
Scolosis
Migrains
Leg Deformity
Foot Deformity 
Knee Pain
Hip Pain
Back Pain
Neck Pain
Severe Depression
Insomenia
 
"I'm not going to vacuum 'till Sears makes one
you can ride on"
~Roseane Barr~
 


snobrdgrl321
Regular Member


Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 278
   Posted 12/18/2009 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I spoke to my neuro surgeon and he has refered to see a Physiatry Dr......
 
Anyone have experience with this?
Thanks
Donna
 
*****************************
Tethered Spinal Cord
1.5x1.2 cm spinal cord cyst at L5/S1
  (Lumbar Laminectemy completed 9/10/09)
Scolosis
Migrains
Leg Deformity
Foot Deformity 
Knee Pain
Hip Pain
Back Pain
Neck Pain
Severe Depression
Insomenia
 
"I'm not going to vacuum 'till Sears makes one
you can ride on"
~Roseane Barr~
 


Screaming Eagle
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Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 5005
   Posted 12/18/2009 7:55 AM (GMT -7)   
    Hello Snob! :) ....sorry just couldn't resist pulling what I wanted from your screen name! :)...no offence intended. Wow!...talk about passing the buck! I would have thought that your nero surgeon would at least wanted to see you before sending you off to see another Dr! I think you are at least headed in the right direction...and don't give up on it. My best to you...and as always keep us updated here.
 
     Michael
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