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   Posted 10/8/2012 2:17 AM (GMT -7)   
My name is Jeff, I live in southeast MI. I am a 39 year old who was in a car accident Aug 16. I ended up with compression fractures on L2 and L3 vertebrea. I also had a posterior and anterior interbody fusion @ L5 S1 in 2007 Due to Degenerative Disc Disease. I have two broken screws on one of my implants that I'm pretty sure happened in the accident. I have been in massive pain since the accident and it's not going away. Every attempt I have made to get relief has seemed to go nowhere. I have made trips to the ER, Ann arbor Spine center, and my Family doctor. I cant work, cant sleep, I'm dealing with depression, anxiety, and anger because of the pain. I've even thought about ending it because I just cant take the pain anymore. I'm tired of taking pain meds to get by. I've done everything short of demanding to be cut open. I just want it to stop. Help!

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   Posted 10/8/2012 5:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jeff and welcome to the forum. I am really sorry about the pain you are going thru and I can relate to your problem very well because I have the same problems and there many on the forum that can identify as well. I really think the most important thing for you to do at this time is to get you pain under control and after that the other problems will resolve themselves but the number 1 thing is PAIN CONTROL... Obviously your doctor is not giving you the meds needed for this. Are you going to a pain management center? What medications are you taking? please put this in another post so you can get as much feedback as you can.. The ER is not going to help. Did you know that U of M has an Acute Care Pain Center open 24/7 that specializes in back problems. I don't know have far you are from the university but they have a very good pain center.Take care Randy
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   Posted 10/8/2012 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Jeff,
Welcome! We're pretty close to each other, I'm in northern Ohio 8-) Anyway, have you been to see a surgeon? If medication isn't helping, it may be a good idea to see another surgeon who might be able to offer some solutions or idea's.

Good luck and keep us updated!
Gray My DX: fairly advanced, moderate to severe degenerative disk disease at L3-L4 , L4-L5 with endplate sclerosis and osteophyte formation and moderate facet osteoarthropathy. There is a transitional left lumbosacral segment with articulation of the transitional segment and the sacrum, also known as Bertolotti syndrome. There are degenerative changes at C5-C6 with disk space narrowing and spurring.Text

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   Posted 10/8/2012 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
      Good morning Jeff!...and welcome!
         There are many here on this forum that suffer from back pain, and I'm one of them. I had a double lumbar fusion back in 2010, and am still in moderate to severe pain here. As suggested above, it sounds like you need to seek out a PM to help you manage your pain.
   I, myself am going through that process right now, as I have been seeing my PCD for all of my pain problems, and having no luck. It may be that you need corrective surgery, but make sure you get a second opinion if it is suggested.
   Again Welcome, and enjoy the forum,
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   Posted 10/8/2012 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jeff and welcome to the chronic pain forum. I see a couple of members have responded and one has suggested a possible clinic to you. I do hope this clinic is close to where you live and you can check the place out.

I would imagine since you already have a prior back surgery under your belt, any type of trauma is just magnifies things for you. I am assuming you have been seeing your primary care dr. Have you had a MRI? Unfortunately, your primary care dr will be limited on what he will do for you and this will include prescribing medication long term. Treating chronic pain patients now is pretty much having to get in to a PM dr for care. There are new guidelines in place now on rxing meds and such and primary care drs do not want to mess with the red tape & hoopla. The same with going to ER they generally are not much help either. Have you thought about going back to your old surgeon or getting in to see a new one to see what all is going on in the. You mentioned broken screws and I have to wonder how much of your pain is coming from this situation. At lease by getting in with some specialists you should be able to get some much needed answers.

Anyway, I wanted to pop on and say hello and welcome aboard. Take care.....Susie
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   Posted 10/11/2012 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Jeff :

I hope you are reading these posts. I agree with what everyone here has said.
I want you to know i ( like many here ) know what it is like to want the pain to end. Even thinking anything would be better than the constant unrelenting pain. Just please know that it can get better.
From what you said, you have a prior injury/degenterative disc disease plus a recent accident that must have been horriable. I am so sorry for what you are going through. I hope i'm not being too sappy ~~ I assume you're a guy with you're name being Jeff. Just wanted you to know we have all been there. And the fact that you have recently been in a bad car accident, well I can relate.

As another pointed out, I think you should definately see a different doctor than whoever you have been seeing. Many reasons. Mainly to get a proper MRI or whichever test to see what the hell is going on inside of your body. Also , as much as it sucks to take pain meds , you have got to get the pain under control so you can at least function better. Maybe even a antidepressant. Don't get pissed that I said that. I'll never forget when I was in so much pain that i didn't even realize how badly i looked ( in pain, horriably sad, angry, frustrated, etc.. ) until a Factuilty Doc that had been working on me saw me one day at the place where i was being re-built as i say. He took one look at me, said, you shouldn't be so sad. He said he was on them and had been for a long time. Said the stigma that there once was about that medicine is not there anymore.

Then shortly after, my main surgeon, I assume seeing the same face, said " If you wern't depressed with the amount of pain you are going through, I'd be worried about you". that is when I let my defenses down. Being on the correct medication will help you to function better. From there, you can get the proper tests. Then find out if you need corrective surgery, P.T. , or any number of non surgical treatments that are out there.

Don't think that you will have to be on med's for the rest of your life. That may well not be the case. But from how you sound and what you are saying, it seems like you not only need help controling your pain, but need someone to talk to .
If nothing else, come on here to vent. But do not give up. It may seem like no one understands, and it will never get better, but it can. Please pop by and leave a quick post if you can so we all know that you are ok. L
Many dental surgeries. Bone grafts, implants, gum grafts,tried freezing facial nerve-pain came back ~
Constant facial pain. No feeling under side of bottom lip where skin split thru - 50 stitches aprox. Cervical fusion , C 4-6. Few knee surgeries, same one has arthrities. Next stop total knee replacement, but not there yet. Battle constant pain every day.
Meds- muscle relaxer & pain med.
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