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   Posted 10/30/2010 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone,

Sorry I haven't been on much lately. I've been busy homeschooling and organizing the house, getting things ready for Halloween. With all that and nursing Oliver, my fur baby, back to health after getting bit by the neighbor dog. Good to know, he's back to himself and all healed up.

So last time I posted I mentioned my doctor prescribed oxycodone along with the vicodin to help with pain. That works much much better at handling my pain. I have PT scheduled and am on the right track.

I think doctors have this idea that once you have surgery to fix the problem you shouldn't have pain. What they don't take in to consideration is that surgery is not a fix-all. Often times, especially with back surgeries, the pain is not gone all the way, and other, different pain, or even worse pain can creep up. After going to se many doctors over the years, and many recently for my pain, my husband and I both realize that they don't completely understand the pain patient.

I also have some neck issues, I have a lot of pain in my upper back and neck going up my head. I am not at all accepting surgery as an option any time soon. I do want to get what ever is going on figured out.

Happy Halloween everyone!! skull skull

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   Posted 10/31/2010 5:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Southviewgirl, so nice to hear from you. I am glad your doctor finally gave you some pain meds that are actually helping. I am also so happy to hear that your little furbaby is healing. I remember when he got bit, how scary! Thanks for updating us and keep in touch. Take care.
Gentle Hugs,

Fibromyalgia, Chronic daily headaches, Migraines, Possible Graves Disease, GERD, High blood pressure, Depression and Anxiety

Oxycontin, Lopressor, Lexapro, Omeprazole, Promethazine as needed for nausea, Ventolin inhaler and Vitamin D3

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   Posted 10/31/2010 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I think that any back surgery really needs to be consider a last resort as
everyone I've ever talked to has said once surgery always surgery, meaning
it's not a complete fix, hopefully someday they'll get a better solution
or at least something better, maybe clone the disc, so that disc
could replace disc instead of using rods and screws, or maybe clone bone marrow and disc.
Science has come so far, there has got to be better solutions out there.
Anyways glad to see ya Southviewgirl, hope your feeling better with your
new meds, keep us posted on the physical therapy and don't let them push ya too
Healing Hugz and hopes for a low pain day...
* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc (Lower Lumbar S1-L3 and Cervical C5,C6, C8 and T1), Fibromyalgia, Gerd,
Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's, Ocular Migraines, mild carpel tunnel, ect.... "Would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...


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   Posted 10/31/2010 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Southviewgirl and Welcome back!

I agree that the majority of doctors just don't "get it" when it comes to chronic pain. Unfortunately the illegal market for many of the pain meds have tainted the way much of the medical community thinks about treating pain. There are very good pain medications and doctors, who choose to spend the time, can dispense and monitor them fairly easily. You, I nor anyone else with chronic pain should have to put up with being treated like a drug seeker but unless we stand up for ourselves it's often hard to get around. If we get vocal then we are labeled and from then on no one will help us.

One place that is more helpful with treating chronic pain is a teaching/university hospital. They serve the patient from all 3 angles.....they train the next generation of doctors, they are the core of research in this country and many others and they work with patients, especially those who are either hard to treat or have trouble getting good treatment. I've been an advocate of them for many years although I've never needed to use them. There are a couple in Southern California that I WOULD go to if I lived in that area...namely UC Davis and Stanford. Their pain centers are amazing from everything I've read and seen. If you are interested in finding a teaching hospital near you here's a link that will get you started. It's located in the Chronic Pain 101 thread also.


I'm a bit like Char...neck/shoulder problems that could be looked into with surgery but the odds are just not good enough for me. I talked to my orthopedic surgeon that did several procedures on my hands/wrists. He told me that people like me with lower back and/or neck problems often have surgery only to fine the pain return within 2 years. I'll do what I can without surgery unless I'm driven to it by pain that can't be controlled well enough.

So there's my 2 cents too. Hope you find some answers or ideas that can help you....you don't need to, nor should you be suffering without good treatment.

Warm hugs,
Moderator on the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain forums

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” Albert Einstein
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