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Last year in September I found out I had a small 3 cm benign tumor in my back near my spine. I've had it for 3 years and every doctor I went to told me it would go away, until I bugged one so much she sent me to do an MRI where I found out that it was tumor and not only that I had a herniated disk. More than likely that tumor caused it. It was so bad I had horrible pains in my legs and I could barely walk. I got the tumor removed a week after I found out and felt really great afterwards.

Friday night I had some friends over to celebrate my belated birthday which was on Wednesday we are all hanging out in my music room and I was on the floor sitting. When I tried to get up I felt the most horrible pain ever and could not get up. SO I had someone roll up a blanket and put it under my back and I layed that way for an hour. Well technically ever since Friday I've been stuck in bed. Hardly being able to move. I had to miss work on Saturday. I dont know how I'm going to work on Monday. I just feel really depressed. More so not being able to enjoy going out kayaking or bowling with friends.

That pretty much ends my rant. >.<
 

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How awful! I hope your back feels better soon and you an get back to work. It must be very frustrating as well as painful!
 

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Very much so. It's such a nice day. Then I have to somehow man up and slave myself to work until friday.
 

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I would see a doctor - if he/she says it's nothing then insist that you want to get it fixed.

Being stuck in bed is no fun at all; even for a few days it's enough to drive you mad. Have you got someone there looking after you?
 

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That kind of pain is awful, Ande! I know from experience. :patback
You need to find a doctor that at least makes relieving your debilitating pain a priority.
It may take some time; just keep searching till you find a doc that can help you. Don't give up!! (((HUGS)))
 

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Hi Ande,
I am so very sorry and I understand what you are going through.
I had back surgery about 3 years ago already. Wow, Time flies!

Do you have any pain and tingling down into your legs and feet?
Normally this would be on one side or the other.
For me it was down my right leg all the way to my toes.
Depending on where the bulge is....would depend if you had
leg or arm weakness.
Do you find yourself tripping or feel like you stepped in a
puddle, only to find your foot is completely dry?

Forget the family doctor....you call a pain management doctor.
First you start off by getting a spinal injection.
You can do it! It feels like when you get your ears pierced.
After you check in you use a marker to highlight where your
pain is and which direction it radiates towards.

When you have nerve pain, if you have nerve pain....
this is caused by the bulging disc squeezing the nerves.
Then they will take you much more seriously.

Let me know if you have any more questions.
I will pray that you do not need any more back surgery.
 

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BoscosMum said:
Do you have any pain and tingling down into your legs and feet?
Normally this would be on one side or the other.
For me it was down my right leg all the way to my toes.
Depending on where the bulge is....would depend if you had
leg or arm weakness.
Do you find yourself tripping or feel like you stepped in a
puddle, only to find your foot is completely dry
excuse the underwear but heres where they cut me open


I actually feel a lot of pain in that area and it hurts my left let leg the most than my right. It's a throbbing pain and once I've experienced the tingling. I actually tonight have experienced quick phases of dizziness. Which I do think I should see someone immediately. I'm going to see if Dr. Cohen (spine specialist) will some how fit me in tomorrow. I thought I was going to be able to man up and go to work but I really can't. I do have someone watching over me so it's not very difficult. I just think all of this could have been prevented but now I have to suffer until things get right. Which could take months.
 

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My scar is dead center low back, right above my rear end crack.

Your scar is over to your left side.....
So....I just hope you can get an MRI.
Your scar looks above a major part of your sciatic nerve.
Only an MRI can determine if your surgery caused some nerve damage.
They will most likely not do a repeat MRI until 8 weeks post-op.

Mine did....forever tingling down to my right foot.
It SUCKS! Recovery took well over 3 months.
In fact I am still suffering, depending on the day and how I
slept the previous night.

If you have nerve damage....they can only try meds.
More surgery only makes it worse.

Cant wait to hear what they say.
 

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I've been told to just take asprin and if it gets work they will set me up an appointment and do another MRI scan. :roll:
 

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Ande said:
I've been told to just take asprin and if it gets work they will set me up an appointment and do another MRI scan. :roll:
Whaaaaa? 0_o *bang-head*bang-head*bang-head* Sometimes, I really wish patients had a 'thing' they could put the Doctor in to precisely replicate the pain the patient is feeling so the Dr KNOWS and doesn't just write it off as nothing. Really, we aren't coming to the Doctor just because we like to hear ourselves complain, we actually HAVE a PROBLEM and we are coming to the Doctor for relief/cure/solution.
 

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Aspirin *might* relieve your symptoms but they probably aren't treating the cause of the pain... Which doctor did you see, your normal GP or the spine specialist?

There are some great doctors out there, but sometimes I feel like certain doctors just practise medicine because it's a job! As soon as they come across something a bit more complicated than a cough they don't know what to do. (Sorry, might seem a little harsh, but sometimes it's true!)
 

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I believe it was the spine's specialists assistant. I haven't been able to reach him and I do have to start going back to work soon. Asprin doesn't work. Neither does Vicodin. Rispirdal does and it basically slows down the nervous system.
 

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:? Well, is it possible to get an appointment with him instead of his assistant? Even if it means waiting? I know, it's horrible waiting if you're in so much pain, but some specialists seem to get booked up so far in advance!
 

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It is difficult to be seen by Brain and Spine Doctors.
It took me a year of traditional practice,
they made me do physical therapy, then got bumped
up to the pain management. After about 6 spinal injections
with no improvement...I finally got my referral to Neurology.
After MRI....he said this was in the 5% of the worst he had viewed.
After my surgery...I was given the 2nd place trophy for
6cm of my disc removed that had bulged.
The 1st place guy had 7cm....this was in this Dr.s history as a surgeon.

He actually applogized more than once for the life I had to live prior
to that surgery. They had no idea how I could even walk.
That is just the way the system works.

Last winter I slipped and fell on ice.
I called them about 2 weeks after the fall.
He got me immediately in for a repeat MRI.
3 new discs are bulged.
I predict another back surgery in 2009.

Sorry for my rant.
 

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BoscosMum, I'm so sorry to hear what you've been through. It's awful that you had to wait so long for your first MRI. My aunt has had back problems too - she had something where the top of her spine was growing into her brain (sorry for the graphic details, I can't remember what it's called), and a little while later she was on a trip overseas, lifted a suitcase and got lockback... seems like just one thing after the other, as it does with you! Wish you the best of luck if you do have to have surgery again this year.

Ande, I hope you don't have to wait that long to be seen by a specialist!!
 

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God bless you both. My prayers are with you.

Ande, I hate to say this, but it's the squeaking wheel that gets the oil. In a polite manner, let the doctors know this can't wait!

Dawn, I hope you don't need more surgery. You know my prayers are with you.
 
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