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   Posted 10/19/2008 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, it's been about 5 months since i posted last, had to discontinue our internet anyway i hope that some people might remember me if not i am welcome to meeting new people always, he is my a bit of past and current history, started about 2 yrs ago with back pain, leg pain went for MRI and found mild bulging disc in the lumar spine my doc had dismissed my pain, however it was getting worse. I applied for disablity in Nov 2007 was denied etc. Went a Rhuemy thought i had ankolsying spondolysis? Gave me anti-inflamatory and that was no help. MY tribunal hearing was on Sept 25/2008. I had to request through my psych doc a current MRI to see if there were any changes in spine that would help with the hearing and guess what there was alot enough to explain why i have had so much pain and why no relief. This MRI was of the thoracic spine and lumbar spine which should have been done long ago because i told my family doc that i had mid and low back pain, anyway it showed that i had disc protrusions starting at T3/4, T4/5, All the way to T12 and the lumbar spine had no significant changes although there were changes of the facet joints. 5 out of the 6 thoracic protrusions are impinging on a nerve. Hence extreme pain at times, trouble sleeping, have trouble walking up the stairs and the newest pin like feeling in my big toes mainly on the right foot. I am scared that either my doc will not do anything or opposite. I have read some about can be done, risks etc. I sorry that this was a long story but the only way i could bring myself up to date. I am also currently of work awaiting the disablity decsion to come through, My pysch doc allowed me to come off work and thinks that i should be seeing a nuerosurgeon but i think he wants to wait until what my family doc does if anything i may be looking to get a new one Family doc that is. Anyway gotta go i look forward to replies and i available to try to help others as well thanks. Forgot to mention that i see my family doc on the 27th i hope he will take this more seriously. Twiggy2

Post Edited (Twiggy2) : 10/19/2008 4:20:51 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/20/2008 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry you have so much going on Twiggy. Welcome back. I am fairly new here. I hope you can get some answers, and some help from your dr. I have found that that majority of us get only minmal help from narcotics. They take the edge off so you can move a little easier, and breathe.
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   Posted 10/22/2008 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Awe Twiggy2, so sorry you've been through so much.
I sure hope you get the disability approved...
Try to find maybe a neurologist or a good Pain Management Doctor.
try www.webmd.com or maybe ask around.
Sounds like you have a good psych, doc.
Soft hugz to you and keep us posted..........
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   Posted 10/22/2008 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I would suggest seeing either a neurologist or orthopedist, but make sure they specialize in the spine and have a spine fellowship. I personally went to an orthopedic spine specialist and ended up having surgery. But either might be okay. And you probably might want to see a Pain Management specialist as well.
I'm sorry you're in so much and I definitely sympathize for you! Has your doctor given you any meds to try help the pain? I sure hope so. It sounds like you have alot going on and either way, I hope you get some good resolution in the end.
Yes, there are many risks with having spine surgery, but any surgery carries many risks. There are no guarantees and you always have to weight to risks versus the possible benefits. And also think about how you're quality of life is....has it changed for the worst? I imagine with all that, you are probably quite limited in what you can do anymore. I know I became severely limited.
IF..you ever decide on surgery, make to sure to go to a good surgeon who has done alot of the same type of surgery. And you would need to ask the doctor alot of questions before you make up your mind. I am hoping that your family doctor DOES give you a referral to a specialist on the 27th, as your thoracic spine compression can end up becoming serious. Not to scare you, just letting you know the truth. And jsut because you see a specialist, it does not mean that you need surgery. If you get a referral, make sure to ask them alot of questions and definitely tell them how long your pain's been going on, tell them exactly every location on yoru body that you get pain or numbness or pins & needles; tell them if it's constant or intermittant; tell them you cannot sleep because of the pain; And also try to come up with some good descriptive words for your pains and symptoms. For example, is it sharp, shooting, electric, dull, achy, fiery, hot, tingling, buzzing, vibrating, do your muscles spasm......and another example, when I had severe sciatica down my left leg and into the ankle, I told my doctor that the pain in my ankle felt liek someone was using an electric nail gun and shooting huge nails into my ankle constantly. I said my sciatica down my leg felt as if my leg was cut open and someone was pouring rubbing alcohol down it all day long. Tell them if any body positions lessen the pain & what positions make the pain worse. You have to tell them all of it. If you have any other questions, please let me know...

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   Posted 10/25/2008 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all your replies. I have been takng T3's but i have been taking them for quite some time and have built a tolerance to them so they are not as effective. I have Oxycodone but only them when really bad. I pretty well have had every symptom, numbness, stabbing, burning etc so i know it cannot be good. Well 2 more days till doc appointment see what happens. Thanks again good to be back, Twiggy2. Quick qustion on weather? Does it affect your pain, it makes me ache all over like the symtoms of the flu, headaches, body aches and more pain.

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   Posted 10/25/2008 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Twiggy the barometer does play a role with our pain levels. So very true with migraine sufferers as well. We know the whwn the weather is goining to change before the weather forecasters do,lpl. Susie

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   Posted 10/28/2008 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks kinda thought so, well saw my family doc yesterday, finally made my point with him thanks to my MRI smilewinkgrin he is setting me to go to a pain clinic, changed pain meds to T#4's and stopping T#3;s as they are no longer helping, he said that because i have 8-to-10 disc herniations that no surgeon will touch me. So surgery at this time is not an option unless one becomes really bad, i am glad something is finally being done after almost 3 yrs. I am to follow up with him in January 09 and probably thereafter along with the pain clinic, will keep you posted thanks Twiggy2.
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