Chronic Back Pain

I have had chronic back pain for at least 15 years. In 1998 I had my first back surgery for a herniated disc. The surgery was a great success, but I rehurt myself. In 2007 and 2010 I had stenosis back surgeries. They helped to a degree. So here we are now April 1 tomorrow and a doctor wants to perform a four disc fusion in my lumbar region. Those discs are either perforated, stenosis and/or bone spurs some having more than one of these problems. I live in pain 24/7 and have been taking narcotic pain killers for many many years. Without them I would be in bed or on the couch all day. I was taking a lot more than I am now, but I have gotten somewhat better enough to cut back plus the DEA is on all doctors writing prescriptions for narcotics because of the people who misuse or sells them. My sciatica has been bothering me since December 2012 and it hurts. Sometimes worse than others, but it always hurts all day every day since then. Sciatica stops at my left knee and bothers that knee something special. That knee has a mind of it's own meaning I have fallen about 7 times do to my knee just giving out. I go right down and nothing I can do but get up with maybe small injury as a cut or bruise. Luckily it has not injured my back more. I sometimes use either a cane or a walker. A walker when hurting or walking more than normal. In the house I try not use anything, but since doing that I have fallen.

I have been introduced to a stimulator (leads inserted in your spine attached to a machine under your skin that gets voltage from a meter on the outside) which I think is going to be my resolution to my back pain I hope. This will not solve the problem only the pain. It is suppose to stop the pain before it gets to my brain. At least compared to a fusion I will not maybe end up in worse shape than I am now or possibly end up in a wheelchair.

Anyone wants to tallk or comment feel free and I would welcome it. Always nice to chat with others who also have chronic pain and it is always nice to make new friends.
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2 Responses Mar 31, 2013

I can relate. I suffer from herniated disc pain on a regular basis.

I don't but someone I trutly love suffers cronic pains and I kills me to see them suffer like that. Sorry for your pain.