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Leg/Back Pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 2, 2008
  • 08:19 PM

I am a 29 y/o male 5' 11" 196 lbs. I have had two lower back surgeries. First surgery was just a lower fusion of L4-5 in 1989. Second surgery (2005) was a full laminectomy, bilateral decompression of the L5 and S1 nerve roots, instrument fusion L5 and S1 using 4565 screws, transforaminal interbody fusion completing 360 degree fusion through the smae posterior infusion, posterior lateral fusion using DVX allograft and local bone. Coming around to 2008 I have had alot of back pain and severe leg pain. I have gone through all types of PT, NSAIDS. The pain continued to become worse where it would take me 20 minutes to move in the mornings. Now going through pain managment 7 months to date. Ended up having a Medtronics spinal stimulator permanently implanted, after all other types of injections were performed and no relief was sustained. The implant worked great on my back pain and although did not take away 100% of the back pain it has made daily life more manageable. Leg pain was decreased as well after 2 months of having the implant the leg pain keeps getting worse. I am now on 10/325 Percosets 6 a day. And 30mg of morphine 3 times a day. As of now that makes things manageable. I work full time drive and do what ever i want and while on the meds, and is affecting my work and home life gradually. I still have quite some pain in my legs. I have had nerve studies done all came back fine. I dont feel normal 7 out of 10 days. My leg pain still continues to get worse ( a feeling of dead weight with occasional numbness/tingling with no diagnosis and increasingly becoming more opioid tolerant to my meds. My feet stay ice cold and almost purple alot. Also had a CT recently and nothing showed up. My eating habits change all the time. Bowels are never regulated sometimes I go once a day most days it 3-4 times a day. Have a feeling of fatigue, joint pain in my knees. I get stomach cramps mild chest pain on occasion. Climbing stairs is the worst. Any suggestions or comments on what might else that I should look into as to what else might be causing my leg pain so I can begin to feeling normal again and being able to get off narcotics completely if I can feel normal without having to take anything anymore. Thanks for taking the time to read this A~

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