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PostSubject: Back to the Back   Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:37 pm

Hard to believe it's been almost 5 years since my last back surgery.

Unfortunately I've been having a lot of trouble with it lately despite laying on the floor, inversion table, massage therapy, heating pads and pain patches.

Next step is the good old MRI, then possible steroid injections aka epidurals (hopefully they won't find reason to skip the epidural and go straight to surgery #3)

I bring this up cuz I'm burned out on it and need prayer to endure with a better attitude.
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PostSubject: Re: Back to the Back   Tue Apr 17, 2012 3:42 pm

Sorry to hear about this brother, praying the doctors can find a good solution for you that won't require surgery.

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PostSubject: Re: Back to the Back   Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:28 pm

Have they checked your hips? My brother in law had very debilitating back pain, and fought with the company doctors over having back surgery, a fight which he fortunately lost because he ended up having both hips replaced and that helped immensely.
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PostSubject: Re: Back to the Back   Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:17 am

TallT - They've never even mentioned anything about hips. I guess since the pain starts in the back or neck and radiates down my legs or arms, they did MRIs of only my back. That's when they discovered all my discs were bad and some vertebrae have arthritis.

I'd almost hate to see what a hip MRI would turn out affraid
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PostSubject: Re: Back to the Back   Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:02 am

Sorry to read about your back problems Guilty/Forgiven.
That's what I hope too the doctors can find something so you don't need a surgery.
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PostSubject: Re: Back to the Back   Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:42 pm

Xray reports arrived. Says I have bad Lumbar arthritis (osteophytes*) on each level with 2 vertebrae squished. The cervical xrays are just as bad. My neck is getting bad.

I knew it was gonna be bad, cuz I've been hurtin' for certain for a while now.

So next on the list is an MRI. My attitude is better about the whole thing (not to mention the weather has gotten nice here, so there's a little less pain due to the cold)

Thanks for your prayers.

* Osteophytes are also commonly known as bone spurs. Osteophytes develop in deteriorating joints damaged by arthritis
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PostSubject: Re: Back to the Back   Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:34 pm

Oh man that isn't good news. You need a new bionic spine.



(but seriously, still praying for you brother)

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PostSubject: Re: Back to the Back   Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:49 pm

I've heard of some radical surgeries pretty close to a bionic spine... but it wigs me out to think of more spinal surgeries. Every time they go in there, there's some scary risks.
I don't like the pain, but I'm rather partial to being able to walk...
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PostSubject: Re: Back to the Back   Wed May 30, 2012 12:31 pm

Got my MRI results. The disc above my surgery site has a 4mm bulge and the vertebrae has ostephytes like crazy. Thus the pain, which has been getting horrible lately. So I guess I'll be going to pain management to get set up for epidurals.

Starting to get to me emotionally. Getting tired of the pain.
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PostSubject: Re: Back to the Back   Wed May 30, 2012 3:05 pm

I bet you are tired of the pain. Hang in their brother...I'm still praying for you.

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PostSubject: Re: Back to the Back   Wed May 30, 2012 3:43 pm

Thanks man. I've dug out my old back brace from previous surgeries and been wearing it all morning - helps quite a bit. It keeps me from twisting or bending in those slight positions that tweak the pain.
They told me the pain I have that's the worse right now is not due to the disc bulge but to the osteophytes. On my MRI you can see how the bone is no longer smooth but has "fingers" growing out of them, which is what's digging into surrounding areas that aren't used to bony protrusions gouging into them.

Ugh.
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PostSubject: Re: Back to the Back   Wed May 30, 2012 4:26 pm

Yes, pain can make you tired and grumpy.
Keep you in prayer Guilty/Forgiven.
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PostSubject: Re: Back to the Back   Thu May 31, 2012 11:41 am

Guilty/Forgiven wrote:
On my MRI you can see how the bone is no longer smooth but has "fingers" growing out of them, which is what's digging into surrounding areas that aren't used to bony protrusions gouging into them.


Oh man that makes my back hurt just thinking about it!

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PostSubject: Re: Back to the Back   Thu May 31, 2012 12:07 pm

Hurting worse every day. Last few mornings I've had trouble getting out of bed, and now it takes me forever to go from a sitting position to straightening up to stand. Sucks. I know it could be worse and I know others have it worse than me, but it's a funny thing when you're in pain, you only think about the fact that you're in pain !

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PostSubject: Re: Back to the Back   Thu May 31, 2012 10:00 pm

That sucks, bro. Sad
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