posted on Sep, 21 2014 @ 11:13 AM
First of all, I consider myself an expert on chronic pain and back [problems. It all started with a massive exploding herniation at L4-L5 level for
me. I had major back surgery in 1999. I never recovered from it because it done massive nerve damage. Since the first injury, or disease, I have lived
with high levels of chronic pain and serious back problems. Soon after the first surgery, deterioration set in. More discs ruptured. More bulged.
I was sent to many, and I mean many "specialists". Every last one of them had different money-scam procedures that they wanted to do. At the time, I
didn't know what the hell to do. All I knew was that I was in serious pain and was trying everything I could to get it under control. At first, I
tried the injections, I tried physical therapy, -I tried it all. Nothing worked. At this point, I wouldn't take pain meds. I never would take any
meds for anything.
Some specialists that I was sent to wanted to do fusion.
*I done a lot of research on it. I also talked with many people who've had it done(I think WV has more bad backs than any other state in the US). 99%
of the people I talked to about fusion, said NOT to have it done. They didn't benefit from it at all. Only a couple people said it worked for them. I
didn't like the odds I was seeing.
So next, I was sent to Cleveland Clinic. They wanted to insert rods and fuse from L-2 down to S-1. It would be a brutal surgery and many months to
recover. That's even if, I survived the surgery. I done my research, and again, came up with the same, sad results. No way was I taking this risk,
only to come out no better, or worse.
Then, that's when I don'e all the facet-bloc injections, acupuncture, etc., etc.. This only gave temporary relief, and sometimes did nothing at
So then, I started taking pain meds. A tens unit became my best friend. I was using gallons of muscle rub(equate version of Ben Gay--it works). But
the pain meds that I was started on was mild and only provided a little relief. It wasn't working, but I remained on it for a few years. At this
point, I was exhausted and felt hopeless.
So then, I was sent for a consult to a doc who does electrical stim implants into the spine. I never liked the idea of having a foreign object planted
into my body because the body will never accept it. I did do much research on stim implants and found that not many who I talked to, who had it done,
had relief from pain. This doc came off as a business man. This was his product, and he was pushing it hard. I decided not to have it done and am glad
that I didn't after hearing many testimonials on the internet about it. The doc seemed mad that I wouldn't have it done.
Not long after this, I was sent to a doc to talk about a pain-pump. Essentially, it is a pump that is put inside your body and it distributes a very
dangerous pain drug. I knew right away that my decision was a 'NO', but I still did my research. This was about the time when many of these pumps
malfunctioned and OD'd the patients and killed them. I thought that maybe the gov was trying to get rid of the wounded leeches since they had no use
for them any more. It was a no from me.
I had another back surgery this time last year. L3-L4 exploded and cut my spinal chord and damaged more nerves. The neuroscience team at Saint Marys
told me straight up that there wasn't anything that I could do. They said that I was not a candidate for fusion and they were glad that I never had
it done. They said that all they can do is work on the problems that will arise. So, in other words, I am screwed. I live with chronic pain. I have
good days and I have bad. If you saw me out on the street, you would never know that I have a bad back. I hide it well. But there are days when I can
I still cut the grass, do all the other stuff that needs done. And I pay for it every time, but I refuse to lie down and die. I constantly have
muscles straining/spraining in my back. I just take it day by day. There is no easy way out.
My advice to you is: Do your research. Talk to as many people as you can who've had the procedure done. The way to do this is to go to a doc's
office who does this particular procedure and sit down and start talking to the patients who fill up and swamp the waiting room. Then, do more
research. This is a serious procedure. You need to determine if the benefits will be worth the risks. *Make sure that you make your decision with a