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Twinks
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Date Joined Jan 2011
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   Posted 2/18/2011 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone,

I have a question. In September of 2006 I have a fusion L4, L5 and SI and have had to be on pain meds since it also created nerve damage in my right leg from the knee down where it is numb and my foot and now my foot is very weird and getting worse as far as how it fits in shoes, etc. Any way, my question is now when I do any standing for any length of time I am beginning to have middle of the back pain. Does this mean my middle back is now taking most of the load and I will begin to have major problems with it as well. I makes my whole back ache. I am so sick of taking pain meds, but they tell me which is true that I have a very very low tolerance for pain and because of that I feel pain 100 times more than the normal person. I am 67 and am wondering what it will be like when I get any older.

Answers would really be appreciated.

Twinks
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   Posted 2/18/2011 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I had started going to Curves and because of the pain I get in my legs from nerve damage it just makes my legs hurt worse, so I guess I could go just to do some stretching exercising for the back. I have also started having a massage once a month which feels great. I feel like a fish out of water around my family and friends because of my chronic pain and I hate to tell them how much I am hurting. When I stress my back muscles just crunch up. I have Robaxan but it does not do too much for relaxing the muscles. I am going to see my pain dr on Tuesday and ask him to increase my methadone and talk about a different muscle relaxant. Any suggestions. I don't want one that will put me under the table.

misterkatamari
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   Posted 2/18/2011 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you gone to Physical Therapy at all? Sometimes they know exactly what you can do to relax or build up certain muscle groups. Some of it may help you. I hope you find some relief!

stumped by pain
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   Posted 2/19/2011 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, Please be very careful going to streach anywhere even with a trainer. I had a fusion in 08 L4-L5 S1 with hardware.
This is the same thing that has happened to me. I can sit 15min stand mayb 30 an walk about the same. I can do water walking better then anything right now.

To answer your question with my exprenice...my upper back getts used ahole lot more then it every did before and i must say that unless the doc has walked in your shoes im with the others on pain. i finially has a doc laugh with me about the pain chart that the docs use with the from 1-10 faces. its a joke for me because ur 10 might b my 8.

I have what they call FBSS and am now waiting on neurostimulator trail (for leg pain and back pain). please b careful with exersice.

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 2/19/2011 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
 
     Hello Stumped By Pain!
 
          Here is the link to a Pain Scale Chart that our Moderator "Chutz" posted the other day. I find it to be a more effective chart for personal use.
 
 
 
        Enjoy!
 
   SE wink

Twinks
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   Posted 2/19/2011 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had the neurostimulator implanted in my back before my surgery and it really did not help at all. In fact, during my fusion surgery I had them remove it completely. It just creates a different feeling that is supposed to take your mind off your pain. It did not help me. I hope it will really work for you.

Is it a normal thing to feel out of sorts, bored/depressed, no energy with chronic pain? Some days I feel like I could crawl out of my skin. I see a therapist every week who I love and am on prozac. But the pain is such a constant focus in my life. Just having a weird day today.
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