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   Posted 11/17/2010 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,
Just wanted to stop in and give everyone an update. I have been around reading post , but really in no state of mind to chat about pain!!! UGH

As you remember I had the spinal fusion back in February, and was recovering quite well, except for a few bumps in the road. The only pain I really had was right foot and calf pain, that was tolerable with norco. Well the pain started to increase considerably over the last month or so. I have had two epidurals with no relief. Pain has become so severe. Finally bit the bullet and went to see surgeon. He sent me for another discogram. Well let me tell you it was 100 times more painful than the first one. I cried like a baby! Anyway, he has recommended another two level fusion. L5 L4 L4 L3

I did decide to think about it and get yet another opinion. Well, second doctor agreed.
I am now scheduled for surgery mid December.

The pain that I am having is pain that I have never had before.It is hard to funtion during the day. My right leg is week, and because of that, I try not to drive. (need to drive for work) At night the pain hits a whole other level. I cry myself to sleep.

Our company shuts down for a month in December so that is why I am waiting till then. The surgeon wants to do it right away, but do not want it to interfeer with work.

I have been following everyone, and have also read some stories on some new members. I do hope everyone is doing well.

Thanks for letting me vent a little, I feel guilty that I have not posted, but really needed to collect my thoughts. I have not been in a good place at all.

Hope you all are well!!!

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 11/17/2010 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   


      Hello Hydrangea! It has been a while! wink

           Sorry to hear that you are scheduled for another surgery, but if that is what is needed to give you relief, then so be it.

     I'm so glad that you posted, as I have wondered where you went to. Hang in there, and do please keep us up to date as the events happen.

       Take care,

  SE wink

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   Posted 11/17/2010 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hydrangea I have put out a post or two asking about you. I remembered an incident where you tripped at the house and hubby insisted you stay home from work the next day and thats the last we have heard from you. I am so terribly sorry to hear another surgery is in the works for you. But, hopefully this time will be the last time. As far as crying over the discogram, most cry during the first one because they are so painful. No more discograms you have had more than your fair share of those. I do hope it all works out for you.

Take care.
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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 11/17/2010 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for posting! You have been missed here. I'm so sorry that you have to get another surgery. I will keep you in my prayers.

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   Posted 11/17/2010 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
so nice to see ya hun, but so very sorry about the new pain your having...
Will say a Prayer for you tonight and hope you'll try to keep us all posted, this
time around...
Healing Hugz and Prayers, missed ya
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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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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 11/18/2010 12:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Glad you posted an update Hydrangea. I know it's sometimes difficult to anticipate all the emotions involved in an upcoming surgery. It is best that you scheduled it when it was convenient AND after you got a second opinion! We tend to question our "pain decisions" wondering if the right choices were made. I know I'm constantly doing it.

I hope all goes well with everything. Just take it one day at a time and keep me posted!
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