plz help anythoughts welcomed new here..will my back ever be the same?

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Date Joined Nov 2009
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   Posted 11/16/2009 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
i need help cause im scared this pain is for life and i cant work anylonger
i have ddd effecting my lower back and seens to have also effected my blader
also i have chrons but its not on the books cause the surgen that found it died shortly after he foun it
i get a dull pain in the lower back and when i do pretty much anything active i end up bedridden for days after ward
i also have compressed my c5 and c6 along with a t5 in my neck was fractured
now i never finished school so i have always been a grunt worker to make a deceant wage
which is totally out of the question now. i cant even wash dishes without extreme pain tht lasts for days
i can do minor activities but i always seem to be in massive pain the next day for a few days
after the neck injury iv started to get migraines to add to it all :(
am i eligable for ontario dissability by what u see here?i understand it a educated guess but would love some input on this
im being treated with a decent amount of pain killers but the problem there is after a cpl years they are uninfective and doc doesnt wanto keep giving me more an more as im only 35 now
any ideas or thoughts would be great and i thank u in advance

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   Posted 11/16/2009 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Ace; I wanted to welcome you to the CP forum and also HW. I too suffer from Chronic Back Pain from a failed back fusion. It bites to think that I will never work again and really cannot help with the bills and whatnot. I've been out of work since 2003 and don't see any end in sight. I have filed for SSI disability but at this stage I really don't see that coming through either.

Anyway, enough about me....I am so sorry that you have to join us here but, I'm glad to see another friendly face here on HW. Hope you feel better soon.

What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P

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   Posted 11/17/2009 2:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Ace, welcome to the HW forum. This may sound very elementary but we are here because Chronic Pain has embedded itself in our lives and for many of us, the miracle treatment, drug or procedure has never been ours. For some of us, our hope is that life is going to change drastically for the better is there but that is where it remains. Even with the constant Pain I am one that continues to work. I don't have much of a choice. I am not eligible to apply for disability and my family still likes to live in a house and eat, plus, work is an escape as much as a cause of pain.
I advise you to take a deap breath and realize that if you are like many of us, you are in for the long haul. There are some that find relief and healing and they are no longer battling the pain. Whether you are eligible for diability would be a question for an attorney that specializes in it. There are many here that have applied and their stories are varied.
What kind of dr are you seeing? If he/she is not a pain specialist, that would be a good place to start. If you are going to apply for disability, make sure you have records ov everything that has taken place, all drs, tests etc.
I am sorry for rambling, it is late I should be asleep and my mind is like mush. Keep in touch here on the site. Blessings!

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   Posted 11/17/2009 6:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Ace, I too would like to say welcome. Have you ever had any procedures done or physical therapy? If your doctor doesn't feel comfortable increasing your meds it sounds like you need some other type of help to relieve your pain issues. Of course, continually increasing pain meds without trying other things isn't the answer. I agree with fatherjohn that if your not seeing a pain management doctor you need to.
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3

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   Posted 11/17/2009 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Ace Ace Ace...I am so sorry that you are having such a rough time of it.  I am 42 and have had back problems since I was 20, so I understand the questions.."Is this what I have to look forward too?" and "Why can't I just be normal?"
Hell, I'd settle for 2 days out of 7 at a pain level of 4 or 5...that would be a nice break.  Only in a perfect world...
We are not alone, and here we have many friends that are in the same place.  I am at the point where I have no options left, I have already had two surgeries, the latest was Spinal Fusion about 4 years ago at L4-S1 without hardware.  The only thing left for me is pain meds forever.  I have resigned myslef to that but I still get sooo freakin depressed sometimes.  Taking the meds help but not enough for me.  All I want is to be able to do the things that other people my age do, whatever that may be.  I can't even stand at the kitchen sink without having to lean on it after 2 or 3 minutes, and forget about running the vacuum cleaner, dusting, walking, sitting, standing, name it and I can't do it.
Just remember that we are here for you...anytime you need us.  I have my email address on my profile if you ever want to talk privately...
Rhonda   aka Me.

I have been a spectator for so long..Now it's time to participate.......
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/  30 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1000 mg. at night..Glipizide 10mg. 2X in the morning
Lantus 35 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen                                                                   


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   Posted 11/17/2009 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ace,

I don't know too much about back pain, but I do know chronic pain. So while I can't help you with your specific questions, I still want to welcome you to the CP board of HW! There are some very knowledgeable and experienced people here & everyone is so caring and supportive. It is so wonderful to be able to talk to people who understand what you are going through!

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