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Failed back surgeries

I was diagnosied with spondolythesis, two slipped disk my L4 and L5 was pressing on a nerve in my right leg which required a lumbar fusion and repair the nerve the surgery was done May 19,2006 I returned to work in Sept 2006 after working seven months I started to have pain again I went to my surgeon he took ordered x-rays to be taken the x-rays showed the top pedicule screw was broke at the top My second surgery was April 27,2007 he replaced both screws with larger ones I've been in pain every day since than even more pain in my lower back.buttocks on right side,burning under my right thigh,my right knee pops most of the time and in constant pain.I have tingling in my right leg from my knee to the bottom of my foot I also have pain in the back of my neck and across my shoulders. In July I was told the top pedicle screw is pressing on a nerve on my right side  the doctor said he would only do surgery if I become paralyzed on my right side.my question is can I get better if so what can I do I have an exercise bike I use  I also walk do anyone have any suggestions or information on my condition that I can use
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171791 tn?1358214381
I can relate to the pain as I had lumber discectomy in feb and in pain again.  He said if this didnt work fusion was next.  Soon after starting bk to work I began hurting again.  However your surgery was far more critical than mine.  But if that is the only way your dr. will help you I think I would find another dr.  I hope your going to a nuerosurgeon.  So many go to ortho and they dont study as much about the nerves.  My disc material was lying on nerve caused by it herniated and breaking off (L-5 S1) now it is L4. I also have degenerative disc disease and spurs.  You need relief from the screw pressing on that nerve.  Seems it would cause more nerve damage by leaving it there.  Dont walk anymore than u can take.  My Dr. said dont try and over do it.  If it causes more pain dont do it.  R U on any meds?  I take somas, percocet, valium just to tolerate the pain.  And sleeping is pure hell.  I wake up 4-5 times a night.  I hope u get relief.  God Bless
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Thanks for the information I appreicate knowing that I am not crazy. I am going to a nuerosurgeon on friday to get the results of my ct scan. I am on meds I take Darvcet and tramodol which is some help I also wake up during the night several times my doctor  now have me seeing a pyscharitris she say that I have major depression due to chronic pain  which is my primary care doctor. l have been over doing it trying to walk and exercise because that's all I've heard to strengthen my back. which my physical therapist told me I have double scar tissue around  that tightens around the nerves in my back so exercise only give me relief for a short time.In a way I hate I had those surgeries because I am in worse pain than I was before the surgeries at least I could work.Thanks again God Bless you to we have to pray for one another and trust God.      
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Yea I felt like the Drs thought I was imagining the pain until they saw me crying.  Then they realized something was going on and did MRI.  The darvocet did nothing for me.  Somas are the best for me.  Generic brand is carisoprodo.  Ask for it.  Tell them a friend said it helped them alot.  Valium is also helped to relax muscles.  The nuerosurgeon will give you something if you tell him something has got to give.  Somas are not a narcotic which I didnt even realize that till he told me.  Also I guess you know ice is better than heat.  And you can alternate the two.  I am with you. I think once you start the surgeries it is never ending.  And get this I lift at least 5000 lbs a day at work in a factory.  I just grit my teeth and sometimes cry in the bathroom stall.  I dont let anyone see me or they will say I dont need to work there.  But it is just me and I have to work.  Yea the Dr. said you are going to have to find another job.  I told him if he can find one making what I make let me know!!!  LOL  He said I could go on disability for good but I cant pay the bills with the amt. I would get.  I will pray for us both.  goodnight.  I hope
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I went to see the nuerosurgeon on last friday and he told that the results of my myelogram shows that I have mild cervical stenosis.He said to keep taking my medicine and try not to put any pressure on my neck and shoulders and don't crack my neck and exercise it,so I guess I'm suppose to wait until it gets worse and go see him again.Thanks for the info abouth the medicines I will mention it at my next doctor's visit. They don't realize after a certian age it's hard to find a job making what we are already making so the only thing we can do is grit our teeth and bare it, and keep praying for one another.Take care  
171791 tn?1358214381
Yea, I wish some Drs. had to experience the pain we have.  I know not an appro riate wish.  But get this, I had blood work done last week and all my counts were low except sugar high.  They put me on prenatal vitamins and I have prescribed potassium I have been taking for several mths.  I am not having near the pain I was.  My daughter is a RN and said when your counts get sooooooooo low it can make you hurt more.  Dont get me wrong I still hurt as I will have another MRI  thrusday to see if another disc has herniated.  Then do surgery after 1st of yr.  Nuerosurgeon gave me Percocet but it makes me sick even with phenagrin.  Dont be slow to ask for meds if you need them to carry on in life.  Even call the nurse and ask her to call you something in.  After all you are the one hurting.  No need to grit your teeth and bare it.  Tell the nurse you cant keep on keeping on like this.  If my counts doome up I will have to have blood transfusion before surgery.  So I am trying to eat better.   Sometimes you can do more damage with the exercise movements.  If they send you to Physical Therapy ask the Dr. that sends you to prescribe you a tens unit to get through therapy.  That way you can use it anytime at home and it is yours.  You know its the little electros they put on you.  Keep in touch and Prayers are on the way.
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