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  • Chronic Low Back Pain

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    22 posts, 13 voices, 1818 views, started Sep 28, 2008

    Posted on Sunday, September 28, 2008

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      Amethyst
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      Hello Ladies!

      I just found this great website and ran across those of you experiencing such pain. My heart goes out to you and I know that it feels like you are so alone, as it does for me most days. I have a great support system at home but I feel so guilty having to rely on them for so many things that I wish I could do myself. I think that the mental aspects of dealing with chronic pain are as important as the physical.  

      It seems like I have a lot in common with Mayra, as I had a botched surgery in April of 2008, then another epidural which gave me more pain. I went to a laser spine institute in Tampa and they promised so much and I ended up much worse. I cannot walk more than five minutes without the feeling of my back giving out. I teach my six-year old at home and have to bring him to many different classes outside of the home, and driving makes it worse (although I wouldn’t trade what I do for anything). I am only writing about myself because I would like to be of help to others, like Mayra.  

      I would love to find a natural solution, but after trying many different medications with terrible reactions, I now take Hyrdrocodone and feel weak and guilty for having to do so (but realize that this is irrational). Since I cannot take muscle relaxants, Valium provides relief for the spasms when necessary.  

      I have tried the following, with results that were not too successful:
      Physical Therapy: Could not get to the point where I could do the exercises because they would end up making the pain worse and I’d be back at square one.
      Chiropractic: Temporary relief if any, sometimes made my neck worse (my main problem is lumbar).
      Acupuncture: Feels great when needles go in, then for about a day afterwards, but no lasting effect.
      Epidurals: Only relieved pain down leg, one time it made my back worse.
      Laser surgery: Swelling did not go away, pain made worse.
      Yoga/Swimming: Feels great except pain and exhaustion usually keep me from being able to do it too often.

      I could go on, but I want to help you and not waste your time. I have scoliosis and arthritis and bulging discs, but no one really knows why the pain is so severe. I have to use a walker a lot and am only 40 years old. Sleeping does not happen too often but I find on those rare nights that I get some sleep, there is a little improvement on the pain level.

      I would really like to start a forum on how to deal with the daily pain and put our heads together to finding real solutions. I know that everyone is different, but I wonder if there is a way that we can all deal with the mental aspects of the frustrations and anguish that accompany chronic pain, and let each other know that we are not alone.

      I wish you all a healthy night and hope that the healing process has begun. I look forward to reading your comments and helping in any way that I can.

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          Okie428 wrote Sep 28, 2008
        • I empathize with you.  I have chronic back pain as well.  I had degenerative disc disease and had the two lower discs in my back replaced.  I now deal with a bulging disc.  Pain medicine does help, however, now I need a higher dose.  Fortunately, I am able to exercise.  I just have to be careful about what I do.  I go to a gym for women that uses the plated weights.  It’s great.  I also see a chiropractor when necessary and my pain management doctor.  I know what you mean as far as your family; I feel I’m constantly seeing a doctor (as I have allergies as well) and taking medicine.  I also take Zanaflex and a muscle relaxer at night.  I do also walk as much as I can.  My daughter says I’m getting old sometimes, but you know pain medicine affects the memory, plus the stress of pain seems to do that also.  I would really like to find a different way to deal with the pain as well.  Some days it hurts to sit or stand.  I actually had to leave work after an hour one day last week and come home for the rest of the day because of severe back pain.  If we, together, can find a healing process, that would be awesome!!!  Stay healthy!



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          Lues1 wrote Sep 28, 2008
        • I suffered with chronic back pain for 20+ YEARS.Thank god I found a good surgeon who fixed that problem.As you both stated many things are only temporary relief.After my surgery I still have arthritic pain in my lumbar and cervical spine, muscle pain related to what they say is fibromyalgia,and an auto immune illness.My arthritis is wide spread but after most days I am hard pressed to walk without making alot of groans. All the doctors say is exercise,lose weight, take these pills.None of the pills work. I find meditaion helps some as well as massage.Thank god i have a son who deosn’t mind rubbing my shoulders and legs.
          What is so sad is people do not understand and think you are faking. They can’t see the problem so it can’t be that bad.A strong support system is a life saver on those bad days.
          To all of us chronic pain folks,bless us,our families,and let the doctors find something besides pills and surgery that works.



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          Okie428 wrote Oct 1, 2008
        • Thanks for the understanding words, Jules.  I’ll have to check into the publication you mentioned.  Oh, I only take the Zanaflex at bedtime; I have only taken it during the day when I absolutely had to and was at home so I could sleep if I needed to.



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Oct 1, 2008
        • Jules,
          I lived with chronic back pain for years, and thought it must be genetic. I did find something natural that helps, but it is not an overnight fix. It was several months before I could go through a day and say I was pain free, but now it takes a LOT to do me in. This past weekend, we rode horses for several hours, and mine happen to have a jack-hammer trot. My butt was sore as all get out, but my back didn’t hurt at all.  

          Dee Dee



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Oct 5, 2008
        • Jules,
          I agree that different things work for different people, but I have also come to realize that we are all lacking in certain micronutrients. They do help people to a diffferent degree (because some are lacking in other things too, or have a greater need to detox). I am wholeheartedly convinced that there are natural solutions to EVERY health challenge we face.  

          Sharing Hope,

          Dee Dee



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Oct 5, 2008
        • Jules,
          I started taking the products that I use for my health, and told my mom about them. I told my friend I didn’t have time to share with others on a larger scale because I was just too busy. Within two weeks of saying that God took my job right out from under me. I knew that it was directly connected. I need to share my health journey, and the gift I have been given.
          It is my passion, my mission to educate people. Not just about the supplements I use, but about everything they can do to improve their health. There are many things we can do to improve our health - some as simple as music therapy and drinking pure, filtered, non fluorinated water. I have started blogging about it if you want to check it out. I do recommend particular products, and am associated with that company. If people are interested I share with them how they can get the products the cheapest price (not retail.) Most of us who have chronic issues have tried lots of different things with little success. It tends to make us skeptical. I listened to my friend because I trusted her (and I am a science geek - and the science made sense.) Recently, the company added a six month, 100% satisfaction guarantee - just for those folks who are a bit skeptical, and don’t have their dearest friend telling them how great it is. :)
          There are no guarantees that it will miraculously recover anyone overnight. Or at all for that matter! It is simply giving back to the body what it is missing - so the body can restore itself to optimal health. If you are a science geek like me, there are a couple of good presentations recorded and published on youtube. Search for “jeff allen outside the box” and “dr reg mcdaniel“. If you want to check out the company - www.allaboutmannatech.com and my website to look at the product line is www.mannapages.com/choosehealth
          Let me know if you have any other questions.

          Sharing Hope,

          Dee Dee



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          Dana Arcuri wrote Oct 11, 2008
        • Jules1968, You are not alone in your back pain.  I have had serious low lumbar challenges for two years.  I have bulging disks in L-2, L-3, L-4, L-5 to S-1, which I am told that I have advanced degenerative spine disease.  No fun!  In addition, I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia so this has really changed my life so much this year.  As far as sleep, I understand how difficult sleep can become when we are dealing with chronic pain on a consistent basis.  Oh, how I miss my sleep!  Sometimes it helps when I use a moist heating pad, take a hot bath, use Melatonin or read for relaxation.  I try to go the natural route rather than medication.



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          Billabongcc wrote Dec 29, 2008
        • Better late than never. The last post was in October. I just joined.

          I’m adding to this post because I suffered with lower back pain and a numb right thigh for 15 years. I was introduced to the back pro about 6 months ago, and had relief straight away. I couldn’t believe it. After one week 50 percent of the feeling came back to my thigh, and a few weeks later 90 percent of the feeling came back. I also have no pain in my lower back. I don’t need any pain killers or surgery, and I’m happy about that.

          You can check out the website at  www.backcarepro.com



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          Laurie Pace-Jones wrote Apr 28, 2009
        • I commend you ladies for all that you have been through...I have had physical therapy, spinal injections, and nothing has worked for me. I am now out of work and have no medical insurance, so going to the doctor is of a distance for me right now. But I have filed for Disability almost a year ago and hoping for some income and medical care. I suffer from depression alot and now have began therapy at the local mental health center on a paying scale...hopefully it’s a scale that will fit my budget. Now I am showing some swelling in my ankles...LORD HELP ME!!! I AM TIRED OF BEING IN PAIN.....



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          Jsrn66 wrote May 22, 2009
        • Boy, do I understand this group worried

          I had a fall off a deck about 2 yrs ago and have since been in major pain.  Started off w/ the chiropractor, ended up at outpatient rehab.  MRI’s showed bulging and herniated disks at L3-4, L4-5, S1 and some degenerative disease. Some days I can barely get out of bed.  No one around me can understand this pain. I am on pain meds from my rehab pain doc...fentanyl patches every 3 days (50 mg) and dilaudid for breakthrough pain.  I am so sad that this is my life now.  I’m always hurting to some degree and rarely ever pain free.  I am a nurse and have had several back injuries in my career but this 4 ft fall really did me in, and I’m not recovering from it at all.  Will I need to be on pain meds the rest of my life??

           ~ Jackie



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          Rhonda61 wrote May 22, 2009
        • I know what you‘re talking about Jackie.  I fell off of a big boat that my husband was working on in our yard.  I was standing on the gunnel of the boat and was about 6 1/2 feet off of the ground.  That is what started my problems.  About a year after the fall (I put off going to the doctor) I was diagnosed with a bulging disc between L4 and L5 and a vertebra that had slipped out of place.  I had surgery last July to get the disc trimmed to get the disc off of my sciatic nerves.  I had two options, just getting the disc trimmed and hoping all the pain would go away or having fusion surgergy as well as working on the disc.  I could hardly stand the thought of getting the fusion surgery because of the extended recovery time.  Well guess what?  I go into the hospital on June 2nd for the extensive fusion surgery.  My pain was relieved somewhat with the first surgery but I am still in a lot of pain when I walk.  I don’t have much pain in my back, it’s all in my hip and leg.



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          Rhonda61 wrote May 22, 2009
        • I have found that I get more relief by taking Excederine than anything else.  Pain killers just simply don’t work.

          Rhonda



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          Susan Dahringer wrote May 22, 2009
        • Hi ladies

          I can truly sympathize with each and everyone of you about chronic back pain.I found one method that helps alleviate the pressure,and for me it works if all else fails...lay on your side,and allow the top leg to dangle almost off the side of the bed.Also try some Tiger Balm or White Flower Oil..Have your hubby apply it wherever the pain strikes...

          Susan



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          Rhonda61 wrote May 22, 2009
        • Thanks Jules for the inspiring words and prayers.  Funny how you mentioned the fact of being thankful for what you have because I was driving down the road the other day and saw this beautiful butterfly and right then and there I had to thank God for the ability to see such a beautiful sight.  When I think I have it bad all I have to do is look around at others in wheel chairs and those who are blind or deaf or whatever and I realize that I am really one of the lucky ones.  After all I do have a loving family that takes care of me when I need it and I do have insurance to pay for most of my doctor bills and hospital costs so it really could be a lot worse for me.

          Rhonda



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