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    Posted: Feb/09/2014 at 7:46am
I have my appointment with the surgeon on Wednesday. Hopefully I will have more information on what exact surgery they want to do, how long the waiting list is and what the recovery will be like. Fingers crossed they get this done quick!
My pain has been pretty bad lately- my dose is up to 70mg now and I really don't want to have to take it much longer as I feel like a zombie!!
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Best wishes and hoping you get some information about the procedure and time frame to get it done.  The waiting is the worst part!!!

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Hi Chris,

Fingers crossed they get you in quickly. I'm sorry you're feeling badly and I'm waiting with you to hear when you can get this fixed.
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Chris,
Good Luck on your appointment for Wednesday and I
hope you get all your questions answered. Hope you
start feeling better. Again, Good Luck!!


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1st injured Feb, 1997. Was told it was "Soft Tissue" and sent back to work - no X-rays
Late 1997 attended 1st Rehab Program to strengthen back. Mid 98 PCP took me off work. Tried going back to work over the next couple years, mostly off work due to pain.
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Another Rehab program late 2001, attempted to go back to work early 2002. Slipped on water, fell flat on back screw fusion broke.
Went to 3rd Rehab program summer 2002.
Oct 2003 - 2nd Surgery, due to broken screw, had to operate from the front.
No improvement. Attended 4th Rehab program in 2004, at time It was decided NO work.
March 2006, had 3rd Surgery, this time fusion and instrumentation from Si to L3.
June 2008 Surgeon finally admitted I had Failed Back Surgery.
August 2009 WCB Finally put me on Long Term Disability
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Good luck on your appointment.  I'll be having surgery soon too, probably in early to mid April.  Make sure you write down your questions and get all the answers you need.  I'm taking a pocket recorder to my next surgical consult so I don't miss anything.
Ankylosing spondylitis & osteoporosis -> compression fractures -> facet & ligamentum flavum hypertrophy-> stenosis -> spinal cord & nerve root compression -> cervical myelopathy & radiculopathy -> bruise & deformation of my spinal cord -> incomplete spinal cord injury -> postlaminectomy syndrome of cervical region. Cervical laminectomy & fusion decompressed my cord but I now have severe chronic pain. Pain meds = Oxycontin, Percocet, Lyrica, Soma, Cymbalta, Voltaren Gel, & Ketamine pain cream. 11 surgeries including 5 orthopedic & 1 neurosurgery.

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Great idea Jeff, that way you don't have to worry about forgetting anything.
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Best wishes for you coming appointment, hope that it clears up a few facts and you can get on with getting on.

As for feeling like a zombie, I don't have any to spare at the moment.Big smile

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L1/2 Mild bilateral facet astropathy. L2/3 same as L1/2. L3/4 ditto. L4/5 Disc bulge indenting anterior thecal sac. Bilateral facet astropathy. Mild canal and left foraminal stenosis. L5/S1 Severe disc narrowing with extensive osteophytes. Broad based disc osteophyte protusion indenting anterior thecal sac and resulting in a right foraminal stenosis. Exiting L5 nerves intact. Osteophytic contact with descending right S1 nerve root. Conclusion_ Severe degenerative disc changes L5/S1 with disc-osteophyte protusion. Moderate disc bulge L4/L5 Moderate central spinal stenosis with obileration of the epidural fat and distortion of the thecal sac. L5/1 Decreased disc height and signal. Super Ventricular Tachacardia. (SVT) Type 2 Diabetes, Arthritis knees and hips.
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Thanks everyone for all your support and encouragement. :)
I am in a whole lot of pain tonight, but it is my own fault for trying to push myself and doing too much.
Will let you know what happens tomorrow.
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Hi Chris,

Sorry you're hurting so badly, at least you know what caused the increase. Doesn't make it hurt any less, but at least you know why.

Good luck tomorrow and I'll be watching to see what the surgeon has to say.
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surgery on the foreamin can be minimally invasive or more extensive you might ask which one he plans on doing.
its possible after he cuts away the vertebrae will be unstable and he might have to fuse it. ask about that too.
surgeons have no trouble cutting through bone in fact my surgeon stated cutting bone is much easier than cutting scar tissue which i have....best of luck.....pal pere
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Chris,
One of the words you need to remember is to Pace yourself. Baby steps.
Just do what you can then rest until you are ready to do more. Sorry you
are in so much pain. I know how it takes so much out of you. Good Luck
at your appointment tomorrow.


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June 2000, met with OS for first time. Did MRI , damage was L5-S1 totally blown out. Surgery done Jan, 2001.
Another Rehab program late 2001, attempted to go back to work early 2002. Slipped on water, fell flat on back screw fusion broke.
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Oct 2003 - 2nd Surgery, due to broken screw, had to operate from the front.
No improvement. Attended 4th Rehab program in 2004, at time It was decided NO work.
March 2006, had 3rd Surgery, this time fusion and instrumentation from Si to L3.
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Good luck today Chris.
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Pacing is something that I am still terrible at. I hate giving in to my body but I am slowly learning that pushing through until I'm in agony is just not sensible. But there are times when we have no choice other than to keep going :(

Hugs x
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Decompression/stabilisation surgery with Dynesys Apr'04, revision with PLIF fusion Oct'08, SCS installed Apr'10. Injured neck in a stair fall in July '09.
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2014 diagnosed with Adenomyosis and Endometriosis. Surgery to thermalize the endometriosis in May '15
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Hi, thanks for all your lovely messages.
I had my appointment yesterday and now am much clearer about what will be happening.
My surgery will be in the next 5 weeks. Not sure of the exact date yet, but the surgeon said it has to be done 10 weeks from referral which was 9th Jan. I will be in hospital 2 days and have a 2 inch scar.
The surgeon was very nice and answered all my questions. He told me the success rate is high for this surgery and 1/10 chance of recurrance, which I think is quite good odds!
I feel much better having met him and having got to see my MRI and understand better exactly what the problem is. Luckily it's only at one level.
I will let you all know as soon as I get my date thru.
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chris those odds are as good as it getsThumbs Up
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Fantastic Chris,

So glad you've had your questions answered and are moving towards getting things repaired. I'll be watching your thread to see when you're going in and following your progress. Less than 5 weeks wait is amazing.

Great News.
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Wonderful newsClap

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Great news Chris.

Isn't it a huge relief when you have a kind of rapport with your surgeon?

He and yourself both sound very positive, that's 90% of the success story.

Will be cheering you on from afar.

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L1/2 Mild bilateral facet astropathy. L2/3 same as L1/2. L3/4 ditto. L4/5 Disc bulge indenting anterior thecal sac. Bilateral facet astropathy. Mild canal and left foraminal stenosis. L5/S1 Severe disc narrowing with extensive osteophytes. Broad based disc osteophyte protusion indenting anterior thecal sac and resulting in a right foraminal stenosis. Exiting L5 nerves intact. Osteophytic contact with descending right S1 nerve root. Conclusion_ Severe degenerative disc changes L5/S1 with disc-osteophyte protusion. Moderate disc bulge L4/L5 Moderate central spinal stenosis with obileration of the epidural fat and distortion of the thecal sac. L5/1 Decreased disc height and signal. Super Ventricular Tachacardia. (SVT) Type 2 Diabetes, Arthritis knees and hips.
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Chris,
Great news!! It is good when your surgeon takes the time to explain everything to you and shows you your MRI. Will be waiting to hear when you will be having your surgery. Good Luck.


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June 2000, met with OS for first time. Did MRI , damage was L5-S1 totally blown out. Surgery done Jan, 2001.
Another Rehab program late 2001, attempted to go back to work early 2002. Slipped on water, fell flat on back screw fusion broke.
Went to 3rd Rehab program summer 2002.
Oct 2003 - 2nd Surgery, due to broken screw, had to operate from the front.
No improvement. Attended 4th Rehab program in 2004, at time It was decided NO work.
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Still waiting for my appointment to come thru. I hope it won't be too much longer. My leg pain is getting worse and comes on quicker when I stand. I can't really walk very far any more so I am not getting out much, which means life is pretty miserable right now. I just wish they would hurry up!!
 
I am hoping when the date comes it will be pretty soon, like 2 weeks or something. I guess waiting is the worst part,
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Hi Chris,

Yes, the waiting is terrible. Hopefully it will be within a couple weeks, but I think you said it had to be by the end of March? So no more than a month, which from what I understand of the NHS is really good. I know, it sounds like forever, but at least an end is in sight.

Sorry the pain is so bad, thinking of you and hoping along with you that they Hurry Up!
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chris i know what you mean about the pain when you stand. i cant stand it either but once you get those nerves freed up you will be free to go....hang in there chris....pal pete
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Well someone must have heard me because the appointment came this morning!
It's the 27th March- I was hoping for a bit sooner, but at least I have a date now so I just need to keep telling myself one more month!!
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Good deal, Chris---

Hopefully the time will go quickly for you.  I hope that you can keep the pain under control and spend this time getting ready for your post op days.  Keep us posted on how you are getting along.  Stevie

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Great news on finally getting a date Chris

We'll be waiting with you for the day to get here. I noticed you've been replying to other members, thanks, it's wonderful when people share their knowledge and experiences. It's so helpful, as I'm sure you know, when someone tells you that you're not the only one, you're not alone out there. That you understand. So thanks much for contributing and being a member of this great family at CPS.
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SmileI don't always know what to say but I do read lots of other posts, which helps me a lot. But when I feel that I might have something that has relevance, or meaning, then I will try and say something. I am so grateful to all of you who write back to me and make me feel like I am not alone, if I can do that for someone else then it makes my day brighter. But when I don't reply its not cos I don't care, just that someone else might be able to say it better than me= does that make sense?
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Absolutely!

But I wouldn't worry too much about whether someone else might say it better. Lots of times all I can offer is an ear, but just getting replies and knowing someone is actually listening, is very healing and powerful.

I feel the same about this place Chris, sometimes I'm sure it's saved my life. Reading and trying to help other people who may have just started a terrible time with chronic pain, makes me feel good too. And it's a great distraction from my own pain.

Kay, far too much about me.    Never feel you have to do anything here Chris. But whatever you are comfortable offering, we surely appreciate.

Thanks again.
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Thanks Bailey :)
The thing that this site has really helped me to do is perspective. I realise how lucky I am- this problem has only been going on for me since August, and while I feel I have had enogh already, I realise that for some people this goes on for years, even a lifetime! I also realise that in the realm of chronic pain, mine is pretty straightforward and a pretty straightforward fix, which, while I am aware there are never any guarantees, there is a high likelihood that in a couple of months my pain may well be significantly reduced. I really don't think I would have been able to be so optimistic had I not come here and realised how much other people live with and how courageous they are to face every day.
This place reminds me how lucky I am and how wonderful others are and how can that not make you smile?
SO really, it is me who should be thanking you- ALL of you xxx
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Originally posted by Chrisisme Chrisisme wrote:

Thanks Bailey :)
The thing that this site has really helped me to do is perspective. I realise how lucky I am- this problem has only been going on for me since August, and while I feel I have had enogh already, I realise that for some people this goes on for years, even a lifetime! I also realise that in the realm of chronic pain, mine is pretty straightforward and a pretty straightforward fix, which, while I am aware there are never any guarantees, there is a high likelihood that in a couple of months my pain may well be significantly reduced. I really don't think I would have been able to be so optimistic had I not come here and realised how much other people live with and how courageous they are to face every day.
This place reminds me how lucky I am and how wonderful others are and how can that not make you smile?
SO really, it is me who should be thanking you- ALL of you xxx

Well said, ditto from me and good luck with your appointment.

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L1/2 Mild bilateral facet astropathy. L2/3 same as L1/2. L3/4 ditto. L4/5 Disc bulge indenting anterior thecal sac. Bilateral facet astropathy. Mild canal and left foraminal stenosis. L5/S1 Severe disc narrowing with extensive osteophytes. Broad based disc osteophyte protusion indenting anterior thecal sac and resulting in a right foraminal stenosis. Exiting L5 nerves intact. Osteophytic contact with descending right S1 nerve root. Conclusion_ Severe degenerative disc changes L5/S1 with disc-osteophyte protusion. Moderate disc bulge L4/L5 Moderate central spinal stenosis with obileration of the epidural fat and distortion of the thecal sac. L5/1 Decreased disc height and signal. Super Ventricular Tachacardia. (SVT) Type 2 Diabetes, Arthritis knees and hips.
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Hi everyone,
Sorry I have not been about for a while, computer problems so very intermittent access!
I am doing ok, 2 weeks to go and I can't wait til its over!! I am sure I will be a bit wobbly a bit nearer the time though!
Had a gp apt today to sort out meds and just to flaf up that I am still suffering with tendonitis. She feels it may resolve after the op but if it doesn't she will sort out injections. She is very good and I am lucky to have such a fab GP!
Hope everyone else is ok, will have a look this evening to see how you're all doing xx
 
 
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Hi Chris,

Sorry about your computer problems, they are such frustrating things. Never worry about being here Chris. One thing all of us understand is the inability to ever know how we're going to be feeling.

Sure hope your computer will behave as you're getting closer to the date. If you start feeling wobbly, we're here to listen and support. It is great hearing about good gps, unfortunately that's more a rarity here than bad ones.

Wishing you all the best and know we've got your back, well the surgeon does but we're here for you.
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Hey Chris,

Just two weeks left----I hope the time flies by for you and the surgery is a great success.  Also, hoping the computer problems get sorted out:)

Check in with us as often as you can, especially as the time for surgery draws closer.  Big smile  Stevie

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Hi Everyone!
4 days to go now and I am beginning to get nervous!! But mostly I can't wait until it is out of the way and I can start to get better!! I think this week will fly by as there is so much to do. We have a friend visiting and she has brought her little miniature dachshund with her who is just gorgeous!! She is such a good girl too and great for cuddling!! Hope everyone is good
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Hi Chris,
Good Luck on your up and coming surgery!
will be thinking of you.


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No improvement. Attended 4th Rehab program in 2004, at time It was decided NO work.
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Hey Chris,

Nervous=Normal.  Post away when you can-----these next days will go by quickly.  We are here to give a hug anytime it's needed.  Hug  Stevie

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Thanks Roni and Stevie,
I have planned a deliberately busy ( well, busy for me) day tomorrow and then a Chinese, bath and early night so I am hoping I won't have too much time to think about it.
I have to be at the hospital 7.30 am so the morning I will be busy getting ready!! xx
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We're all thinking of you and wishing the best. Chat if it helps, we're listening.
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