Posted 2/13/2018 7:25 AM (GMT -6)
I am going to be completely honest with everyone in this forum. I had my first lumbar spine surgery in 2008. It was 2-xstops, they are titanium spacers that are totally reversible if need be. In other words they could be removed if they were not doing me any good. I have worked steel and I was up in Vail, Colorado putting up steel when the spacers finally gave out. They were wedged in my spine. It did not work so I arranged to have them removed and a 2 level fusion on S1/L5-L5/L4, that surgery was a year later. It was a long surgery the neurosurgeon told me because of the spacers being in there and all the parts that grow over them and make them hard to remove, so I had a 4 hour surgery vice a 2-1/2 hour surgery. Well it didn't do much at all for me and it really has been a constant dealing with chronic pain in my back and I am sick of it. I then had to go in and have a 2 level fusion in my cervical spine, C8/C7-C7/C6 and the same neurosurgeon, did my neck as my back and trust me I did not want to do that with the surgeon. I really did not want to but I had to as there are just none better in this state. Well my neck and shoulder and arm and back and all of it are totally screwed. I mean I have never been in this much pain in my life. It is at the point where I am not going to go on like this very much longer, I just physically can't do it. It is unreal I am in so much pain it is crazy and they just keep wanting to give me steroid shots, and now they want to do an RF Frequency to my back in other words burn my nerve ends on the area that is worst with a laser and deaden them. Great just great. I am on Cymbalta, Lyrica, I was on gabapentin (4800mg) per day. I am on diclofenac, tenazadine, trazadone, and I was doing medical marijuana for the last year but I can't do that anymore as I can't afford the medication. I have been waiting on a social security disability case for 9 years I am depressed and I am at the end of the road. I will be gone if I can't get this under control. I am asking you guys as a last resort what the heck do I do?