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Too Much Pain for a "MILD" Problem - New Here, HELP!!!

May 05, 2015 9:34 AM

I'm feeling terrible! I once weighed 343.4 pounds. I had weightloss surgery (Divided RNY) in 2001; however, after losing a considerable amount of weight, my pain was getting worse instead of better. I was diagnosed with mild lumbar stenosis and spondylosis between L4-5 and L3-4. There was 'slight' bulging. Later in the year, after lifting a heavy box, the disc between L4-5 herniated. It since healed; however, it is still tender to touch. If I leave it alone, it will leave me alone. We have an understanding. I also have fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis in all of my weight bearing joints. (I was an active fat person. I never got the memo saying I was supposed to be sedentary.) My pain has been well managed, with a minor flare-up here and there for many years. In February, I lifted my grandson (at least, I think that's what happened), and injured the center of my back, directly behind the sternum. The area has been inflamed and warm to the touch. It's also been quite tender. Nothing really seems to help the pain. I get relief once and a while; but, it never lasts long. I took too much Norco over the last month, and still have five days before the pharmacy will refill. (My husband doesn't understand that this is a federal thing and not a pharmacy or doctor thing.) I have maybe three pills left. I usually don't have this issue. I'm the 'model patient'. However, this pain has induced nausea and even, dry heaves on occasion. I now have 'mild' spondylosis throughout my back with 'slight' bulging throughout the thoracic spine. And, to add insult to injury, they found 'slight' (8 degrees) convex dextroscoliosis of the thoracic spine, centered (guess where?) on T5. Please notice, all of the seemingly benign words I found in my reports; and yet, the pain is excruciating! I don't get it. How can something only 'slightly' or 'mildly' out of whack cause so much pain? And, I didn't have scoliosis before. I've had two bone scans in the last 13 years; I would have known... I would have been told. And, finally, how can something so obviously chronic cause such sudden, severe symptomology? PAIN!!!

May 05, 2015 10:11 AM

Hi there. My back dr said fibro is like adding fuel to the fire .... So you have a bunch of things going on with your spine but the fibro makes it like huge things. I have similar issues and I believe that saying now. I have said for years that my body acts in an exaggerated way to a bunch of 'mild' problems. Also, after being in chronic pain, your brain gets almost rewired and interprets pain signals a little different.

May 05, 2015 11:30 AM

Moonrabbitzmom, I am sorry to hear of this nightmare you are going through.. First, let me say, welcome to the group. I don't remember seeing a post from you before (but that could just be fibro fog... LOL). At any rate, I have been dealing with chronic pain for the last 22 years 24/7/365. I get no relief and live with a pain level of 7.5-8/10 on Morphine. (Among other meds). I know that when I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and CRPS, the so called "mild" issues were anything but. I have had 26 surgical procedures in the last 20 years and that includes having a neurostimulator implant in my cervical spine (based at my brain stem because my pain started so high up) and had to have that revised 4 times. After that, there was a time I fell down the stairs and the wires broke and now they are so scarred in that they cannot remove the unit without possibility of paralyzing me. I, too, was a VERY active fat person. I was never, ever sedentary. I went to work, came home, went out with friends, came home in time to shower and go back to work and then weekends were spent at the barn with my horses. I mucked stalls, groomed, rode and had a great time. Then weekend nights was time out to go dancing.. Well, I can't remember what it was like to actually have a life any more. I understand what you mean about sometimes needing additional meds to get your pain level down to a manageable place. Speak to the doctor and ask him to give you ONE extra pill per day and this way, you will have the meds you need if the one you take is not enough. Perhaps he may just need to adjust your dosage and make it slightly higher and that may do the trick. I hope that you find a resolution to this. I will say a prayer for you and hope that you feel better.

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