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I don't see the light at the end of this tunnel.

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 I have spondylosis. (Link describing it.)Which basically is a severe osteo-arthritis of the spine.My back HURTS all the time.....What do I mean by hurts?! Throbbing,aching shooting pain.Goes down my left arm,my right hip and it NEVER stops. Medicine doesn't work,pt doesn't work,massage doesn't work. (Once or twice,the pain shooting down my right leg has buckled my knee out from under me.In other words,knocked me on my ass.)

 I've lived with this pain since I was really young (8 or 9) It started to get unbearable at around 16.It is something you get used to ,but not really.It also gives you a very high pain tolerance level.All this being said,I am 37 and have already had 2 back surgeries.My neurosurgeon thinks that it may be time for the third....I've been avoiding it as long as I can.But,the pain has started to mess with my life again. (Meaning,I don't want to do anything other than what I have to.It takes everything I have to make myself get up in the mornings/do the stuff a mom is supposed to do.) Anyway,my next surgery will be an implant...an SCS. (Link describing what it is)

 Today they started the testing doctors do to make sure that they put the implant in the right spot.So,this morning I got something called a Stellate Ganglion Block. (Link for this too.)This shot HURTS,though I will admit it's not as bad as some of the other things my doctors have done to me. My problem right now? My left arm,shoulder is killing me....like someone poured some hot coals on  it and left me like that.On top of everything else,I look like a stroke victim-the left side of my face is droopy. (It is normal.According to the doctor,the medicine causes it.Should go away by tomorrow.Hopefully,it does.I have got to be back at work tomorrow)

 I'm happy because we got the stuff started,I'm scared because I hate surgeries.Sort of sucks when your options are stay in pain or do something you REALLY didn't want to do,kwim? Sorry about the pity party--no need to answer.Just felt like talking.




Thought for the day :


 Women are angels and when someone breaks our wings we simply continue to fly...on a broomstick. We are flexible that way.

by on Sep. 26, 2013 at 7:13 PM
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brandyblx
by Platinum Member on Sep. 26, 2013 at 10:10 PM

 Very rarely does anything work anymore. (When I'm not hurting as bad as I am right now,SalonPas works well.)And believe me we have tried it all.The SCS implant is supposed to be the best thing for me and my doctors think it may be "just what you need".

 We'll see.I'll try anything once....

Quoting RADmomma:

That's a bummer!!!

Does a cold pack or hot rice pack help at all.? I know it's not a long term solution but sometimes a little relief can go a long way!!!


Quoting brandyblx:

 Nope,no chiropractor.Too much metal in my spine.Most chiropractors are afraid they'll hurt me

Quoting RADmomma:

Oh man momma!!! I'm sorry.



Back, neck & head pain are the worst!!!



Could you see a chiropractor ?? I don't know with your specific condition... But I figured I'd ask



RADmomma
by on Sep. 26, 2013 at 10:17 PM
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Finger crossed!!!
I've never had back surgery but I've had my fair share of other surgeries and I completely understand the whole... Gotta try it... Sometimes it's gotta get worse to get better thinking.


Quoting brandyblx:

 Very rarely does anything work anymore. (When I'm not hurting as bad as I am right now,SalonPas works well.)And believe me we have tried it all.The SCS implant is supposed to be the best thing for me and my doctors think it may be "just what you need".

 We'll see.I'll try anything once....

Quoting RADmomma:

That's a bummer!!!



Does a cold pack or hot rice pack help at all.? I know it's not a long term solution but sometimes a little relief can go a long way!!!




Quoting brandyblx:

 Nope,no chiropractor.Too much metal in my spine.Most chiropractors are afraid they'll hurt me

Quoting RADmomma:

Oh man momma!!! I'm sorry.





Back, neck & head pain are the worst!!!





Could you see a chiropractor ?? I don't know with your specific condition... But I figured I'd ask



frndlyfn
by Emerald Member on Sep. 26, 2013 at 11:38 PM
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hugs to you.  I hope this surgery will help relieve the pain.

ditsyjo
by Gold Member on Sep. 27, 2013 at 12:27 AM
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best of luck I hope it helps you alot.

Quoting brandyblx:

 As bad as it sounds,you do "get used to it".All of the surgeries I've had on my back were because I was finally at the "I CAN'T do this anymore!" phase. They've said though that the SCS works wonders....they've explained that the implant won't get rid of all the pain.That's ok,though.I could/can live with just a 30% improvement...

Quoting ditsyjo:

that really does stink...I do understand the 2 bad options thing...during my pregnancies I have the option of running the risk of life threatoning clots or taking shots every day...I reallly really hate those shots right now but...I'm sorry you are in so much pain.



 

brandyblx
by Platinum Member on Sep. 27, 2013 at 6:57 AM

 Thank you,momma.You mentioned that Jas hadn't been feeling good...is she better now?

Quoting frndlyfn:

hugs to you.  I hope this surgery will help relieve the pain.


brandyblx
by Platinum Member on Sep. 27, 2013 at 6:59 AM

 So do I! I don't usually get as "down in the dumps" as I was yesterday,I'm just so tired of hurting...kwim?

Quoting ditsyjo:


best of luck I hope it helps you alot.

Quoting brandyblx:

 As bad as it sounds,you do "get used to it".All of the surgeries I've had on my back were because I was finally at the "I CAN'T do this anymore!" phase. They've said though that the SCS works wonders....they've explained that the implant won't get rid of all the pain.That's ok,though.I could/can live with just a 30% improvement...

Quoting ditsyjo:

that really does stink...I do understand the 2 bad options thing...during my pregnancies I have the option of running the risk of life threatoning clots or taking shots every day...I reallly really hate those shots right now but...I'm sorry you are in so much pain.





angelachristine
by Platinum Member on Sep. 27, 2013 at 6:59 AM
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I'm sorry. I have RA so I know about being in pain all the time. I hope your recovery from your surgery is quick and that it gives you some relief.

IamMex11
by Bronze Member on Sep. 27, 2013 at 7:01 AM
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that isn't a pity party that is a testament to your strength girl! wow, here's to hoping that your pain will be eased soon. 

brandyblx
by Platinum Member on Sep. 27, 2013 at 7:15 AM

 Awwww! Thank you.Believe me-I don't feel strong.I feel like I'm letting everyone down.There are times when my kids really want to do something and  we don't do it because I CAN'T and if I force myself to go/do we end up cutting things short because of me. (A couple of times I've made my hubby go by himself with the boys,but they always end up feeling guilty.Like,they are off having fun and I am lying in bed....frown mini)

Quoting IamMex11:

that isn't a pity party that is a testament to your strength girl! wow, here's to hoping that your pain will be eased soon. 


brandyblx
by Platinum Member on Sep. 27, 2013 at 7:19 AM

 I have heard that RA sucks.hugsHopefully,you get to feeling better too.

Quoting angelachristine:

I'm sorry. I have RA so I know about being in pain all the time. I hope your recovery from your surgery is quick and that it gives you some relief.


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