Spinal surgery

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   Posted 1/21/2012 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm new on here and this is my first post prompted by reading through some of the previous posts on spinal surgeries as I've had 3 spinal surgeries over the last 8 years. I now have 7 vertebra fused together with 14 screws 2 rods & 2 cages. I'm 58 and these operations have had a serve affect on my life style. I live in the UK and I've always had complete trust in my surgeon as without his intervention I would be in a wheelchair unable to do anything, so for that I'm thankful. But be under no illusion these operations are very, very painful and take some getting over. I'm now restricted in what I can do and an in constant pain. I think the younger you are for operations like this the better you recover. So Volfan I hope your brother has fared well in all of this. As for me I'm still having to have things done. The one thing my surgeon said right from day one is that he won't be able to get rid of the pain but what he didn't tell me was that it would be constant. The screws don't come out or work loose unless they weren't put in right in the first place. You stand more chance of braking other bones in your back that braking anything that has been fixed with metal work.
I hope this post will help others that have or might be going through the same thing.

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   Posted 1/21/2012 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey!…you made it! Welcome! Welcome! yeah turn yeah

For our members that may not realize what you are referring to in some of your post…"californiagail"…was responding to a very old post written way back in 2007, and I invited her to repost the information here, and introduce herself! wink

California!…Thank You so much for reposting your information here with us! We certianlly Welcome you here, and any information and support you would like to share with us. We always appreciate it!

It sounds like you have had a ton of health issues with your spine, and I find a lot of truth is what you have shared with us. I too have had spine surgery, and mine was a double lumbar fusion. Same as you, I also live in constant pain on a daily bases, and boy!…does it ever wear the soul out! shakehead At the moment my Dr is working on setting me up with a surgeon to have a possible pain pump implanted. I'm at the place that the Oxycodone products have built up a tolerance, and not doing much good for relief anymore.

I'm also a couple or three years behind you in age, and I agree that age may indeed have something to do with possibly better results and better healing from this type of surgery. Are you on any sort of medication to help you with pain relief?…and if so would you consider sharing the information with us?

Again Welcome to the forum, and enjoy!…PS: I have family in the UK…so Im curious as to where in the UK that you live. wink

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   Posted 1/21/2012 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
welcome to the Cp forum

I have been fortunate enough to not have any surgeries and actually took my first walk (besides grocery shopping) in a long time and I count my blessings that I have 2 good legs. I have sciatica but been pain free for a couple of months so time to start moving, dump some of this weight and help myself

You are very strong and brave...I admire all of you that have been thru so much...I feel like the novice here, and no offense, I'm hoping to walk away from here some day. I wish for everyone the same thing

"We never realize how strong we are, until being strong is the only thing left"
Major Depressive Disorder, ptsd, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, l3/4, L4/5 gone, bursitis arthritis sciatica

seroquel, hydrocodone clonazepam norvasc multi vitamin and magnesium

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   Posted 1/31/2012 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
Thanks for the welcome :-) Yes the pain does wear you down and I understand how hard it is to deal with on a daily bases. Lucky for me I'm a very strong person, I also have a great family which helps a lot. I have a 16 month old granddaughter who I look after 1 day a week and although it takes every ounce of energy from me the pleasure I get far out weights the pain and my daughter is about to have her second daughter, something to really look forward to.
As for pain medication I have a cocktail of meds that I take with no real ease in the pain. Most of this is due to me having allergic reactions to anything morphine based, or Codine based. I'd be interested in more information about the pain pump. Not something I've heard of before. I'm about to have what they call a CT guided nerve root injection to take the inflammation out of my last disc at the base of my spine. I'm really hoping this works and take out some of the pain I'm in right now.

Screaming Eagle I live in Norfolk.

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   Posted 1/31/2012 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome to the chronic pain forum. My goodness after reading about all of your surgeries, you are correct, only a strong individual could have handled what you have been through and still function on a daily basis. I do hope this next procedure gives you some well deserved relief in the pain department.

I also have a grand child and enjoy spending as much time as possible with him. He is now 6 years old and I have no clue where all the time went. It sure seemed to fly by very fast I know that. I have always said he is my best medicine, as we do have a great time together.

I have a pain pump implanted because like you I was either allergic to the medication or the side effects were too much, we simply ran out of medications to try. My pump is made by Medtronics and I know they have companies located out of the US. I urge you to visit Medtronics.com, as they have a wonderful website that is user friendly and very informative. We have also discussed the pumps at length here at the forum, so you may want to use the search feature located at the top right and read some of those posts.

Anyway, I wanted to pop on and tell you welcome aboard. Keep us posted on how you are getting along. Take care.
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