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   Posted 6/11/2011 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hiya Guys

Sorry I did not come back sooner to let you all know how I got on with the neurosurgeon. He has said he will do decompression surgery on 2 main parts to released the nerve that has been trapped and this should relieve most of the pain in my right leg. He is getting his radiologist to look at the MRI scan as he needs a second opinion, he has seen that one of my vertebra has moved out of place and wants to make sure before he confirms if he has to do anything else yet. He said I will always have pain in my back as there are areas he can not do anything about. So he has put me on the waiting list for the decompression surgery, he said it will be after August, but it will be this year. I am made up that finally someone is doing something for me, its so nice to have someone confirm what you already know.

I have had a horrible week really what with the pain and work giving loads more work to do. I am on Lyrica and I seem to not be as organised as I use to be. Has this happened to anyone else?

I wish each and everyone of you a lovely and low pain day. (((((((((hugs))))))))))) to al


Disc degenerative disease, L3/4 board disc bulge, L4/5 board disc bulge with significant nerve root compression on right L5 nerve root and also DDD at L5/S1. I also have an enlarged uterus with fibroids and have been a sufferer of psoriasis now for about 8 years.

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   Posted 6/11/2011 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello suesueky!

You have to be one of the most cheerful members we have, and.... all the while in pain! Bless your heart!

Were happy the ball is rolling in the right direction now for you! Maybe this will alleviate some of you're major pain. Of course, we tend to be disorganized from time to time. It's just one of the side effect of keeping our minds focused. I find myself having to keep a hand written note list with me at all times, or I tend to forget. shakehead

Don't feel bad about it....just do what you can do....and maybe write the things down in priority of what needs to be done. The good thing is, that you realize this is going on, and thats half of the battle right there!

I cannot tell you how many times I was headed to get a pain med, and forgot what I was headed for....I did this three times all within 10min or so! Talk about feeling like an idiot! shocked ( no comments please)smilewinkgrin

Working and back pain, don't really mix well together, and I find myself wondering just how much longer I can last at my current job. (Really thinking about SSD at the moment)

Sounds like maybe you need a med adjustment? Possibly? ....if your up over a 4 or so on the pain scale, I would sure ask about it.

Glad you popped in for an update.....hang in there!....August will soon be here....and I'm sure it wont be anytime too soon for you.

Take care!

SE wink
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   Posted 6/11/2011 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Suesueky,

Thanks for updating us!...Sorry that you have to have surgery...but if I'm reading it correctly...then it isn't a fusion and just decompression...I don't mean 'just' as in it's a piece of cake!'s still major surgery...I just mean they aren't taking any bone from your hip or adding bone...or metal...

I truly hope that will help you out a lot!..I think that means they are catching it 'early' so that you will hopefully not ever have to have a fusion!

So at least that is the upside:)

And the other 'upside' with them doing this in you will have a good amount of time to really prepare and get meals during the day, figure out pain management for AFTER surgery, and all the things needed to make your recovery go as smoothly as possible...

The downside is having to be in added pain for the next months.:(

I haven't taken others can help you on that one...but hopefully it will kick in to help with some of the nerve pain...

Do you have any type of muscle relaxer to take when needed? I have found that those help with all the tight and knotted muscle pain from carrying our bodies in a different way because of the herniations...

I am happy for you that they have come up with a plan for you..

Hope you can try and rest up this weekend and enjoy something fun!...

Sending hugs (( ))
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006

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   Posted 6/11/2011 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Thankyou guys

Its really nice to have the lovely people on here to brighten my day

SE - I am going to try the not carrying idea, it can only help me remember stuff I am otherwise forgetting. You gave me right old giggle about the meds, I am just so happy its not just me :-) I know what you mean about the work thing though, really am hoping I will be much better after they have sorted me out. I hope you can find something that will ease your pain levels aswell lovie. I am prepared to try anything to get rid of this pain, which I am sure you are aswell. So I pass on loads of gentle ((((((((hugs))))))))) to you and I will keep you in my prayers sweetie.

Snowbunny - I am keeping my fingerscrossed now that he does not want to do anymore than the decompression surgery. You are right though lovie, it is a brillant time to get things sorted for when I come out to aid my recovery. I am also on amitriptyline they do relax me but I find they zone me out a bit/ make me tired. I can not take any of these in the day through out the week because I still have to work. But hey I get on with it though on other meds through out the day. Thanks for the hugs lovie and I send you loads of gentle ((((((((hugs))))))) back.

Disc degenerative disease, L3/4 board disc bulge, L4/5 board disc bulge with significant nerve root compression on right L5 nerve root and also DDD at L5/S1. I also have an enlarged uterus with fibroids and have been a sufferer of psoriasis now for about 8 years.

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   Posted 6/11/2011 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sue

Thanks for coming and updating us on your appointment. I really hope that the decompression will help with your pain. I wish you good luck and I will be thinking about you. Take care. I hope you're having a low pain evening.

love and soft hugs
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion

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Date Joined May 2011
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   Posted 6/11/2011 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   

I wanted to wish you well..the others have everything else pretty much covered!!

Take things one day at a time :)
Dx: Herniated disk in my neck C6-C7, Degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck, sciatica, RLS, migraines and post-op RNY gastric by pass and depression.

Meds: Oxy, Nortriptyline, percocet, norco, xanax(as needed), sinement, topamax, imitrex, and paxil

Personal: Single mom 43yrs old to three children- two girls 5 and 13 and my son 16yrs old. I work fulltime.
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