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What to do and which to do first?
Brokenwing1964 posted:
Hi All,
I'm new to this forum and I find it to be most helpful since I share the same issues as all of you do. I have a complex situation and I hope that anyone here may be able to shine some light as to what I should do.
I'm 48, 49 next month, single, disabled mom. A car accident over 20 years ago caused L3,4,5 and S1 to herniate and fracture, I've tried everything BUT surgery. Being in the medical field most of my adult life before going on disability, I have heard it all. Some say they should have had surgery years ago, while many, many more regret having their spine fused and so forth. As I said I have tried everything except for the Spinal Nerve stimulator, I'm leaning towards that here and soon. My pain is crippling and I'm so tired of using a walker, cane, and I have a Service dog and he really helps me with getting up a few steps, getting out of bed and so forth. But, it gets better, lol. In 2000 I was dx's with Fibro and arthritis in both ankles, then several years ago I was dx'd with bilateral hip DJD, my right hip is shot and I need replacement like yesterday! My hip went out 2 weeks ago and I can barely walk now, so between my back and my hip I'm basically just one big mess. But, what do I do first, the Nerve stimulator, then the hip or vice versa. I see yet another ortho Wednesday, he does both, hip and spine. My pain is off the charts and I have GI issues so most meds make me sick. Thanks for reading, any advice would be greatly appreciated.
bj1208 responded:
Hi Brokenwing1964 - welcome to the support group.

having the Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant may help as it does send a false signal to the brain saying there is no pain and as your pains increase adjustments would need to be done to increase the signal etc.

With what you are going thru with so many problems iwth your spine and Fibro I can see that this may not be the best beneficial strategy for you.

As you said there are so many that wished they had not had their spines fused and I can see that the majority of those probably had lumbar fusions.

The reason I say this is that there is so much more pressure put on the lumbar spine as it takes the blunt end of our spine as we carry our weight etc.

I had a fusion (L5-S1) done and am in more pain now than before surgery. However I had to have this as my disc blew and splintered so it had to come out as it was pressing on both left and right nerve roots and because f it I has permanent nerve damage.

I would have the hip replacement surgery first and then the stimulator done as this may help with any pains you may have from that surgery.

I would also see several spine specialist (Orthopedic and Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist) - get as many opinions as you can to see what you are up against with spine surgery. Getting your spine more stable would seem to be what you need and if you're still in pain then have the stimulator put in.

I had same issue right now as I will be having another fusion (L4-5) after the first of the year (have to lower pain meds before surgery) and they will put a plate screws and 2 rods in. after the surgery, if I'm still in pain then I may go with the stimulator.

It's a big decision and you are the only one that can really know what you need. I for one, want to have a more stable spine.

You can click on my name or pic and read my story - hope and pray you can have less pains. keep us posted~~
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Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

~~ Joy ~~

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