I have the same sensation you are talking about. I had a discectomy L4-L5 in 1992 after an injury at work. I am a nurse. At times I feel my spine "scrubbing" together. Like a grinding feeling. I did go back and read my OR report and there was no fusion performed during my surgery. So I have lost 2 inches in height and I know there is nothing in place of the disc they took out. I am on a methadone regimen and have been for years. 10 mg 2-3 times a day but it is a pain in the butt to keep Drs even thought I have never had a bad UA and have taken them as prescribed. If you happen to find out what is going on please let me know and I'll do the same. Good Luck!
was methadone able to remain therapeutic all those years or do you need to keep increasing?
and do you also have neuropathy?
Welcome to the Pain Management Forum. You have asked some very good questions.
I'd like to first thank you for defending our freedom and risking your life and limb for all of us. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to you and all our soldiers. I'm glad you are home.
I have not had spinal surgery. I would however assume that the rugging feeling you are experiencing is coming from your suspicion that at least two structures are rubbing together. An MRI will provide you with the correct answers.
In my opinion I would avoid additional surgeries if at all possible. The more the spine is manipulated and or repaired the more apt you are to have on-going pain and activity issues. Most good surgeons will agree with my statement.
The treatments you listed can be effective in reducing pain and inflammation. We all respond differently to these procedures. TENS Units acupuncture, steroidal injections and physical therapy was a good starting place but apparently not effective in your case. Have they suggested a nerve block or ablation? That has been beneficial for some ppl.
Finally if all else fails and a surgeon agrees, consider spine surgery. Investigate the success rate of the surgeon, seek a second opinion and educate yourself on the pros and cons of the procedure. Don't go into it blindly. Education is your best tool in the decision process.
Please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing. We will look forward to your next post. Hopefully one of our members will have more suggestions and information to share with you.
Best of luck and take care,
Jehemnes.......Thanks for the reply. I have a appointment with a pain management clinic sometime here soon. Not sure the exact date yet as they are in the process of setting it up. I will let you know what I find out. I haven't lost any height but this sensation just started a somewhat recently. From doing research it seems as the best option if surgery is recommended would be the artificial disc. I'm going to use surgery as a last resort though. I will keep you informed!
Tuck.......First off, I'm so sorry for what your father, you, and your family are going through. You will all be in my prayers!
Thank you so much for all of the great information and the warm welcome to the community! I am going to wait and see what the pain clinic and neurosurgeon say before I even think about surgery. I just don't want to wait too long as I did in the past for surgery as that ended up causing me more problems. I will ask about the nerve block or ablation. Thanks again and I hope everything turns out well for your father.
Thank you so much for caring enough to give advice to a total stranger!
First of all Thank Your For Serving for us. You are a hero. I am so sorry you are suffering with this pain. I know what it is like because I have had 7 surgeries on my back and neck. Most likely they will want to fuse that area. They usually try the first time to go in and clean out the rupture and get the nerve back in place. It sounds like you have instability especially if you have any leg or hip pain. About 1 year of relief sounds about right. I too have the stenosis and that will give you a good amount of leg pain and possibly foot pain down the road. The arthritis is most likely above and below the surgery site, it often develops after surgery as well as scar tissue. Try to keep healthy. If you smoke DON'T, it prevents you from healing and can affect the sedation used during surgery. The healing process after a fusion especially the lumbar region is tough one. I did pretty well, and had a few rough months with a walker. Pain for a few months but they said it would be much worse and longer than it was. It can be a 6 month recovery. So the crushing or pain when you touch that area is in-stability. They may want to do the surgery right away so be prepared. Be very cautious while waiting for that appointment. Again preparing for surgery is key. Eat well, protein, good carbs, no soda. There is a book, probably many books "Preparing for Surgery" or do more research on the internet. Don't focus so much on what the problem is focus more on how to prepare. And be positive. Take care and good luck.
First, thank you so much for your service. I hope you are finding some relief. I fell about 12 years ago from a high ladder. I got up, but was really shaken. Eight years of spinal injections hasn't helped. Had an MRI that indicated that besides degenerative disc disease, I have a slanted vertebrae rubbing against another. Things got worse after seeing a chiropractor, whose assistant jerked a belt around my waist, a technique he invented to straighten out the spine. Met with a spine surgeon, who wanted to fuse my lower spine together, entering in through the abdomen, replacing the discs, then finishing with minimally evasive surgery on the back where they hold it all in place with screws. I am seeing a pain management doctor who is suggesting burning the nerves (radio frequency ablation). I'm going to try that next. Hope it works. Hope you have found some relief. If you try the nerve burning procedure, please let us know how it works. Teacher in Pain