Hello all, many of you have probably read some of my posts (I actually have long one I need to add to the new member forum). I am having a fusion from T10-L3 with microdisectomy at L3 as well as interbody fusion at L3. I have had spinal tumors removed through two previous surgeries, but I have developed chronic pain over the last few years. My last surgery involved multiple laminectomies, and now I have facet joint disease/arthritis, DDS, and small tumors that are still there. In addition, I have the herniated disc, but I think that is at the bottom of the issues (although it will be addressed). Over the last year I have had countless injections, an ablation, and more imaging scans than I can count.
My question: while I have had back pain for years (since last surgery in 2008), the pain has become UNREAL over the last couple of years...I can barely move when I wake up, I am sweating because of the pain at the end of the work day, the time in-between my very strict personal pain medicine routine is eternal.... I have started to have to take more pills more frequently on some days also. At the end of the work week, I am exhausted... so much so that my work schedule has had to be adjusted so that I can work "as able," and I hate it. I hate feeling so helpless. I hate feeling so burdensome. I hate the pain. I know it's my cross to carry, but that doesn't mean that I enjoy carrying it. Is it "normal", in your experience, to have had such a rapid decline? I'm not asking for diagnosis as I know my issues, but I am curious about how my own issues stack up against your medical history. The sudden decline has just puzzled me because things went from bad to worst in a relatively short time. Please let me know your thoughts. I love you all,
1) Schwannoma removal (1) @ L2-L3 (2001)
2) Schwannoma removal (3) @ T11-L3 (2008)
3) Failed laminectomy syndrome T11-L2, facet joint disease, ongoing schwannoma formation. Fusion scheduled from T10-L3 (April 12th, 2017). Chronic pain that never goes away