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Apr 10, 2019 11:21 AM

I am scheduled for an Arthrogram MRI this Friday on my hip (3 tears: labrum, hamstring ligament tear and small muscle tear). The insurance has denied the MRI approval until the doc gets them more detailed info. Oh yay, more insurance red tape!

The one Ortho doc (saw me for 4 months then referred me to his cohort because he doesn't do joint replacements) only did a basic no-dye MRI, twice. The new Ortho surgeon said I need the dye MRI to show more detail on the tears. He's mentioned possible full joint replacement or arthroscopy. So now it's a waiting game. And in the meantime the hip pain wakes me every single night and I can no longer take even 10 steps without the use of a cane or walker, because the pain with each step (inside the joint) has nearly caused my leg to buckle multiple times. I woke at 3 am today and between the hip socket pain and the Sacral (tailbone) sciatica pain, I never returned to sleep. I use tramadol, baclofen, and gabapentin, as well as a lidocaine Rx ointment, and it doesn't help, or is only a temporary few hours of relief.

In the meantime my Ortho neurosurgeon is still pressing me to have my cervical surgery (2016 & 2017 didn't heal-all pseudoarthrosis) and a few more new problems to deal with from C2-T3. I've had him on hold since October last year. I'm dreading what he's described doing, knowing the recovery will be much much longer and much more restricted, and wondering if I have it in me to get through it. I'm not 30-40 anymore, and each time I have surgery it's harder and harder on my body to recover. I don't bounce back anymore. Is waiting a good idea, knowing this is going to require my all to get through? I just don't know.

My body is definitely changing as each year passes, the pain increasing and the tolerance decreasing. If I hurt this bad at 57, I truly dread what 67 or older going to be like! I already know the more tramadol or gabapentin I use the worse my brain fog and ability to do things like paying bills or balancing a checkbook. I struggle focusing on one thing at a time, and I'm easily derailed to something else. I didn't use to be like this. Thanks Sjogrens & Fibromyalgia!

It's just a bad day I guess, and I needed to sound off. But I'll get through it like I always have. Thanks for listening! Hugs love & prayers for all! 🙂❤🙏🌼

Apr 10, 2019 11:43 AM

Hi I Am New, I too struggle with brain fog and it's getting worse as I age. Fibro is a mean animal that's for sure!

Apr 10, 2019 6:35 PM

Sorry to hear about your many ongoing health problems with your hip and neck. My doctor insists that My body is unable to endure any more surgeries. I turn 65 next month and I agree with you on Not being able to “bounce back” from surgery. Not like I was able to “bounce back” even 10 years ago. My pain specialist doctor today mentioned going to a neurosurgeon regarding my cervical issues with C-2-3. It doing that. So we’re down to epidural injections into my spine instead at various points. Funny they were all for surgery at c2-3 but not epidurals at that site. Lol gave me flexeril for spasms an increase in oxycodone and ordered me a back brace that would incorporate my upper thoracic area more. Grateful for anything they can do at this point. Hang in there flappyslady81. I’m rooting for you. I can relate to you in so many ways. Don’t give up. He wanted to increase my pain meds more than he did. I can’t... if he increases it much more my pcp said he would revoke my drivers license. My husband and I both depend on my being able to drive. I’m a little concerned if I can no longer drive that it would drastically change my relationship with my husband. He’s been very supportive of me but I fear that’s because I can still do things but at a slower pace and those times I can’t he seems to be ok but if it all comes to a halt then what? Getting old just plain sucks. Sorry. I sure hope your hip gets better soon or they can be more aggressive with your treatment. Sending you hugs 🤗 and love 💕
Oh Julius brain fog is crappy! Wait until your in your 60’s you no longer need an excuse for “what did I want to do?” Lol With all the meds we’re all on “ no wonder” Lol 😂 love to all 💕

Apr 10, 2019 6:48 PM

I am sorry you're having a bad day and you're in so much pain. Prayfully the stupid insurance will be approved and you can get the MRI. I hope you don't have to have more surgery. You've really been through the ringer. Yes I hate brain fog! Mine I'm better some days than other days. You'll be in my prayers FlapsysLady.

Apr 11, 2019 1:18 PM

Julius56, welcome! I hope you find the support you need here, as well as useful suggestions that help us copper better through chronic pain.

Painwarrior, thanks for your support! We really do have a lot in common, as well as several others on here too. That's bad to hear your PCP would take your license because of a dosage increase. If you are responsible driving & not abusing the meds he shouldn't do that.
As for your husband, try not to stress yourself over the driving. I know that's harder to do than to say, from experience. Lol. He may surprise you. Like you I depend on being able to drive myself. But there have been many times I've had to call on him to drive me. Although it's more work on him, he's supportive and told me he'd rather drive me than risk me being in an accident.

AnimalLover2, thank you! Unfortunately I got a call early this morning from the hospital that the doctor couldn't get the insurance to approve the test so it was cancelled. Worse than that is I've been awake most of last night due to the hip and sacral pain. No matter how I tried to lay the pain was awful. It's not much better sitting on my sofa today either. I ended up calling and having my follow up appt moved up sooner to next Monday. I just pray I don't have the rest of my nights until then a repetition of the past few nights! I'm trying to cope without the tramadol and baclofen because (of all days) my glasses broke this morning and I need to take them in for repair. I just can't find the energy to get in the vehicle to drive though. I'm dragging from exhaustion. Monday feels such a long time away! 😧

Apr 11, 2019 8:52 PM

I’m sorry to hear about your denial from your insurance company.😡 I don’t know about you, but I’ve had to come to some very difficult decisions in my life. I’ve also endured many surgeries over the years and have come to accept the fact that every one of them just led to another one. Or complications from a previous surgery. My neurosurgeon was blatantly honest with me once. He said once you have surgery on several discs it puts a lot of stress on the other discs. Sooner or later you will start popping discs one after the other . Sure enough that’s exactly what is happening to me. When do each of us say “ enough is enough” ? I don’t know. That’s something we all have to face along our journey. Quite a bitter pill to swallow. Wishing you inner peace, love and strength during your ongoing journey.💗🌺

Apr 12, 2019 6:47 AM

Hi flappy lady sorry to hear of your pain .. ugh I don’t like have pain myself but dealing with them. Last night jy left feet 🦶 we’re giving me trouble but I tried sleeping through it . Which I think I did . Hug to you I hope that your insurance goes through to I will pray that it does ok )))) . If you need to vent I will lusten🌈🌈🌈🌈🤗🤗🤗🤗🌸🌸🌸 have a nice day lady Csll me Shore ♥️♥️

Apr 12, 2019 6:49 AM

If the appointment for today good luck also . Btw I had an mri done about s both a go or so I do not like them . So hug to you 🙏🙏🙏🤗🤗🤗later

Apr 12, 2019 7:14 AM

Hiskdo Kafy tell us how you did today to hug 🌈🌈🤗🤗🌹🌹

Apr 12, 2019 10:23 AM

Thank you Shore for your support.

Painwarrior, I was told the same thing about discs. Funny thing is this neurosurgeon said that exact thing when he did my C7-T1, and now T2-3 are both collapsing and he wants to include them with the repairs to the nonhealing C3-4 & C7-T1, but also address the C2 facet issues. He wants to cut me along my spine this time and he warned me how much more difficult and painful the surgery & recovery is from my previous ones (cut front of neck).

I'm just not sure I want to do anything else. But if I don't let him put my own bone tissue into these previous sites (nonhealing donor bone), will it ever heal or will I always be at risk something will slip into the spinal canal and paralyze me? It's a catch 22. Even my T11-12 & lumbar-sacral discs are collapsing. Like you I've had many surgeries. And many of them have been interelated, cause & affect. My first disc surgeries were caused by automobile accidents. Then I developed DDD & OA in my spine. It's a super sized bitter pill! 😉.

Love hugs & prayers for all to have a safe good weekend! It's going to be stormy here in the SE estates. 🙂❤🙏🌼

Apr 12, 2019 5:04 PM

Hi flappy lady how was your day today? Mine went pretty good . I was clean and relaxing 😎. We had snow earlier . Not so much now.
I hope they can do something with my back and Siatica next . Just getting bother some to me . I’m going to have my fiancé over soon have a nice night everyone . Hug 🤗 I have 🌈🌈🙏🙏🌸🌸 shore

Apr 12, 2019 5:05 PM

Hi flappy lady how was your App today? Hug have a nice one later 🙏🙏🙏🌈🌈🤗🤗shore

Apr 12, 2019 9:30 PM

My first 2 surgeries were done in 1984 from a hospital injury. I was a nurse and my patient collapsed with his arms around my neck. I knew the moment I stood up I was injured. I don’t blame the poor man but I do blame the head nurse who did not schedule anyone on the entire floor but me at lunchtime ( I didn’t know until after the event). It’s been one surgery after another. One more promise of hope. No answers. I’ve had to accept my dilemma. Like you one diagnosis after another. Yes indeed “one bitter pill to swallow” this surgery your speaking of carries a lot of risk. Do the benefits outweigh the risks? If they do, go for it. If they dont taking into consideration your age and health issues. Are you diabetic ? Poorer healing. Then theres the issues of adhesions. They can really cause havoc to your well being. Many things to think of FlappysLady but remember YOU are the one having to deal with it. Love and gentle [[🤗]] to you. 🦋🌺

Apr 13, 2019 9:23 AM

Shore, my appointment yesterday was cancelled because the insurance wouldn't approve it. But I had a fairly restful day. Thanks!

Painwarrior, I've continued to ask myself will the benefits outweigh the risks and although I keep hoping I'm right that they"should" I can't say for sure. If not every considered the adhesions, which has always been a major problem for me over the years with my multiple abdominal surgeries. Thanks for reminding me! I think about what you've told me at your age versus me being 58 (in Nov). I've told my hubby multiple times that if I need surgery on my hip they need to do it now because I don't think I can deal with it in my 60s. Compared to my Dad who died at 87+ and was mobile until 85... my mobility sucks! He use to watch me get around and say "you're worse off than I am". So yeah, it's not an easy decision to have or not have surgery. My last neck surgery wasn't an option, with "retrolisthesis" (disc slipped back into the spinal cord), and I believe the AI issues that develoed since 2010 are partially the cause of not healing, and using donor bone & having osteopenia. I just pray for guidance and trust that I will heal if it has to be done over in my neck. Hugs love & prayers you all have a blessed day! 🙂❤🙏🌼

Apr 13, 2019 10:34 AM

Hi Flappy Lady , I get discouraged about my health and how to pay also . I hope that you can get that approved someday . I’m going to dr inMay 2 I’m going to tell him it worked and it didn’t I’m away I still have my pain .Whebever I over use my back or legs they still bother me. Also I my left foot toes keep twitching and spasm on me I want to know why? It’s just annoying me sone say maybe it’s emotional cause what you think?
Bc when I take the the time to relax it’s not that bad. 🤔 hmm . I take it one day at a time also it helps me to come on and chat about it and do other things to distractmyself .well, that’s all for now hi to everyone and pain warrior and lady hug gently . ))

Apr 13, 2019 10:35 AM

Here I for got these ❤️❤️🙏🙏🌈🌈🤗🤗

Apr 13, 2019 10:13 PM

Love 💕 hugs 🤗 hope✝️ We need these in our lives. FlappysLady I know your an intelligent woman and will make a sound decision. Either way, know that I’m 100% there for you. Weddingshore your right all we all can do is take it 1 day at a time.May God Bless both of you and May he continue to watch over us and guide us in our lives. ✝️🌺😘🤗

Apr 14, 2019 5:31 AM

Hi thanks this morning I woke up with pain in my left ankle and back I’m not sure what to do or try next, I’m just trying to not cry to much to let others know how I really am. It’s really annoying I’m sleepy learning to cry with my fiancé . Hmm what have you guys try with pain spasm in legs ankle calf area left is mine. Hug to you both and praying also . I’ll be singing in church today psalm Sunday choir I sure do hope this hekps me out . I’ll let you guys know hug Shore 🙏🙏🙏🌈🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

Apr 14, 2019 10:44 AM

Shore, look into hynocogic jerks (not sure on spelling) on your twithcing.

Apr 14, 2019 10:45 AM

Thanks, and these are for you all! 🙂❤🙏

Apr 14, 2019 1:38 PM

Hi flappy lady ty I’ll bring that up and look it up ty fir the flower picture nice 👍. I hope that you all are doing ok I’m putting an heat pad on my leg and feet today trying it out ..❤️❤️🌈🌈🙏🙏🌹🌹🤗🤗 Ty for info

Apr 14, 2019 1:57 PM

Hi I looked it up and sent my dr a messasge in my chart about it . So who know you might of helped .the correct spelling is. Hypnagogic Hug ty 🌹🌹🌹❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏🌈🌈🌈

Apr 14, 2019 9:45 PM

A PT told me once when your having a musclespam in your ankle/foot to gently pull your toes towards you and hold. Helps sometimes others no. Or I wouldn’t be trying other things.,take a small long towel ( kitchen would do. Wet it and wring it out. Place in the micro for 15 seconds at a time. Be careful it will be hot. Wrap it around your foot while taking another dry towel or plastic bag and wrap it over the wet towel. Don’t leave on anymore than 15 minutes. Works best if your fiancé can help at all. It relaxes the muscles better than a heating pad. I just bought a product called “Theraworx” so far it’s working. Only been 1 1/2 days. It’s a foam spray you rub into the effected muscles and it’s stops the spasm where ever it is. Not systemic though only for a localized treatment. Don’t need to worry about what meds your on. Warm Epsom Salts bath or a shower. Hope you can get relief. Gonna check into FlappysLady’s idea though.

Apr 14, 2019 9:48 PM

Think of when you go to PT and they put those heavy pads they have steaming hot ontop you. You have to be careful of burning yourself though. So don’t over do it in the microwave even warm will be better than cold.🌺

Apr 15, 2019 6:56 AM

Hi ty pain Warrior I have been outing my fiancé heat pad on my leg feet and bottom foot whereecer it’s bothering me it been working till lesson it done . I wonder at times what it’s like to have one full day with out pain do you guys? Have a nice one ty info Shore ❤️❤️🙏🙏🌈🌈💕💕💕 Can we tell our names in here or is it rule not to ? Hug gently

Apr 15, 2019 9:33 PM

Hi i also have a friend like yours and a sister to hug ))

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