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Lumbar 3 cracked and rubbing together?

IN 2003 HAD L 4&5 FUSED. I WAS IN SEVERE PAIN LOW BACK LEGS NUMBNESS. IT DID NOT WORK I STRUGGLED WITH PAIN UNTIL I COULDNT TAKE IT. I HAD A LAMINECTOMY IN SEPT. 2010. NEEDLESS TO SAY IT DID NOT WORK. BY THIS TIME I WAS IN AGONY. I THEN HAD A SPINAL STIMULATOR PUT IN. IT DID NOT REACH UP TO MY BACK, ONLY LEGS. I STARTED TO GET SEVERE PAIN IN BACK, HIPS, GROIN LEG. NUMBNESS TOO. I WENT TO PAIN MANAGEMENT. I RECEIVED EVERY INJECTION KNOWN. I AM HOME-BOUND CANT WALK OR STAND FOR LONG.I SAW A SPINAL SURGEON 10-27-11. MY CAT SCAN SHOWED LUMBAR 3 HAD A CRACK IN IT AND WAS RUBBING TOGETHER. I SAW IT TOO ON CAT SCAN. NOW I FACE ANOTHER SURGERY TO FUSE 3. IM SO AFRAID THIS WONT WORK EITHER, BUT A HAVE NO QUALITY OF LIFE. HELP
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replied October 28th, 2011
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laurit,

Welcome to eHealth. Sorry about your problems. You do have to have a little patience in waiting for a reply, members are not logged on continually around the clock.

It sounds like you are seeing the practioners who can help you, both a surgeon and a pain management specialist. Hopefully, the surgery will help make you a little more comfortable, at least to a level that you may be able to get out of the house a bit more than you can now.

Since you are in pain management you have probably already developed your own program of alternative treatments that can give you some relief. Most chronic pain patients have a stable of therapies they alternate through, such as: ice/heat, therapy, water aerobics, yoga, tai chi, biofeedback, TENS, relaxation techniques, listening to music, traction, accupunture, etc, etc, etc, which they have discovered over the years. And of course, the medications that are prescribed for nerve pain (eg Lyrica, Neurontin), musculoskeletal pain (NSAIDs, steroids, opioids), spasms (muscle relaxers, benzodiazepines), and so on.


There is not much that any of us can do, except provide some moral support and a place to vent or cry or whatever, as necessary. There are many members in your same situation. But, again, any time you need to write a note feel free. Someone will answer, but do give them a little time to log on.


Again, hope your surgery is successful. Good luck.
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