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    Failed Laminectomy Syndrome~
    An_250850 posted:
    I'm posting this because I'm mad. Before I had was supposed to be a minimally invasive procedure on my low back. My surgeon told me I would be able to run without pain. Now I can't run. Tonight I tried to exercise and the pain only makes me angry. I'm here to vent. I hurt. I hurt badly. I wish I could turn back time. I will get into more detail that is helpful to others later. Right now.. I just need a place vent.. I hurt. Worse than before the surgery. I want my back BACK. It wasn't great before but it was perfect compared to what I live with right now. I will find a way to get back on my toes without pain meds or another surgery... trust me...
    bj1208 responded:
    Hi and welcome to the support group -

    I'm sorry no one responded to your post - we try to get to all posts the day they are posted.

    We need to know a little more info so that we can help you.

    1) When did you have your surgery?

    2) what type of doctor did the surgery? We always suggest seeing either a Orthopedic Spine Specialist or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist as there is a big difference than regular Surgeons.

    3) Did you go for any Physical Therapy after your surgery? If so, how long afterwards?

    4) which part of your back was this done on? Lumbar, Thoracic, Cervical?

    5) Have you gone for a 2nd opinion?

    6) Have you seen a good pain management specialist? not just the regular pain clinics - a good one to see is a PHYSIATRIST PAIN MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST.

    They go deeper into pain management control based on client's needs and have a wide variety of treatment plans.

    The more we know about you the more we can help you so please let us know.

    We all understand your pains and are sorry you have had to go thru this. Venting does help and we are a great support group.

    take care and let us hear from you~~
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    aprilrose9 responded:
    Dear An-250850, I saw what you had written about the failed spine surgery and tried to write to you. I see one of the wonderful monitors of this site has already responded, but I felt compelled to send something your way.

    My heart goes out to you and to many of the people who visit this site due to the difficult struggles with chronic pain and how our lives are impacted in all areas. You know the old saying: if your body isn't taken care of, then where are you going to live. Our problem is post injury, we are stuck in bodies where we have nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.

    All of us understand and have to deal with the strong emotions of isolation, loneliness, disappointment and the stress physically and mentally which comes with chronic pain. Then we go through the emotional roller coaster from day to day, depending on which facet of our injury is impacting a certain area of our lives.

    I can really run on! I just want you to know, yesterday you were in my thoughts and prayers. Many of us understand the difficulties you are facing at this time. I hope you have a good support system with family and friends, but if not, there are many caring people at this site who will reach out to you.

    Take care,
    trs1960 responded:
    There is no such thing as minimally invasive back surgery. Doctors rightfully so try to paint an optmistimic outlook so you will be aided by the placebo effect in your healing, but there's no guarantees when someone takes a knife to your back.
    A positive outlook really does help your healing though so don't be mad, it will only harm you.

    trs1960 replied to trs1960's response:
    Spine injury and treatment are long term complex issues. There are no simple questions and as many of us have found, there are no simple solutions.
    Your entire body's weight is stacked on your vertrbral column and once a signifigant injury occurs on one section without transfererring forces to the rest, thus causing the domino effect mentioned.
    The somatic and pyscosomatic variables are endless. From mental state to nuerotransmitters and natural endorphines it is out of our control and yet completely within our means to do anything possible.


    Life is a riddle and I say, you can't age without collecting scars. Some of us more than others.

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