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    Thoracic Spine Surgery

    A little over a week ago, I had emergency surgery on my thoracic spine. I had a fusion and lamenectomy on T5-T9 and one disc removed. Prior to surgery, I lost the ability to walk and I had urinary/bowel issues.

    Surgery on the thoracic spine is more rare than other areas and more complicated and risky. There wasn’t much choice in my case. I had posterior surgery.

    It’s probably the toughest surgery I’ve ever had. My blood pressure dropped during surgery and my recovery has been good, but slow. I’m walking again with the aid of a walker and I still deal with neurogenic bowel and bladder issues, but there is hope that those will go away as nerves heal.

    I’m hoping others who have had or are facing this surgery will find this post. I’m glad I had my surgery, but I never would have had it if I hadn’t gotten to the point of hearing paralysis. #SpinalCordInjury #SpinalFusion #SpinalSurgery #SpinalStenosis #spinal

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    Does anyone suffer from a damaged Spinalthalamic Tract? #spinalthalamictractdamage #SpinalCordInjury #SpinalSurgery

    #ChronicPain

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    not only did spinal surgery in some ways make me worse I woke up paralyzed in the knee down in my left leg they called it foot drop or drop foot whoops
    #SpinalSurgery

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    Is there an “unspoken code” in the Disability world not to complain abt disability? Is there pressure to conform To the social identity & empowerment

    #Disability #PainAcceptance #Depression #SpinalSurgery #SpinalStenosis

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    Need help! Friend is going to dr.  She had back surgery and is now having complications  What questions should she ask dr? Return to work/disability?

    #SpinalSurgery

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    If you suffer from daily chronic pain and do not use any form of prescribed medication, would you help me by participating on a short survey ?

    I am writing a book “Joy in the Midst of Pain” about the different non-prescription methods some of us are using to cope with pain. So I would like to ask anyone in this group who suffers from daily chronic pain (of any form) and do not use any form of prescribed medication (does not include the occasional Advil, Tylenol etc) to help me by participating on a short survey questionnaire. Please note all participants will remain anonymous. If you or someone you know would be interested in being part of this book, or have questions, please contact me via message. I believe this book could be very helpful to many of us who suffer from pain or know someone who does. Thank you in advance for your willingness to be part of my book. #SpinalStenosis #chonicpain #SpinalFusion #SpinalSurgery #BackPain #Pain

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    Does anyone else have problems with a doctor not wanting to refer you to a surgeon because they think you're too young for surgery?


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    I am 39 and I have two herniated discs. I started with just 1 herniation seven years ago and I have gotten steadily worse. I am in constant pain. I have had many spinal injections in both discs and other non-surgical treatments that do not help. My doctor tells me that I am too young to have surgery and that it would limit my mobility and that surgery is not guaranteed to stop the pain. He wants to try yet another spinal injection before going over surgical options ( like a SCS ).I am very frustrated as I am desperate for relief I would like to pursue othe surgical options and I do not care If I am less flexible. I am aware that it might not be a cure, but I would like to try. I feel like I'm getting the run around. He is not a surgeon and I feel like he just wants me to keep coming to him instead if referring me to a surgeon who might possibly be able to fix the problem or give me relief.

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    Chronic back pain: Remedies/Relief/Help

    Hi there !

    My husband has been suffering with severe back pain for about two years now. The pain came very suddenly and strong. We went from spending every weekend at Disney walking about 12 miles daily, to now where he spends most of his time in bed, on the couch or if he’s lucky on some days he can sit up in a chair and go on the computer. He has several herniated discs and stenosis in a few regions of the spine, with the most pain coming from a torn disc that is pinching his spinal column in the thoracic region of his spine. We have had every test run, tried every therapy and used medicinal suggestion given to us by several doctors and nothing is providing a substantial relief for my husband. We have also been to a neurosurgeon who was extremely rude and offered no help, stating that the reason why my husbands back was the way it was was due to sleeping incorrectly and that his spine wasn’t the issue. To say we are fustrated is an understatement, all I would like for my husband is some relief so he can get back to living his life and we can continue living ours together. So having all of that said if anyone knows of any remedies that have helped to give some relief such as a mattress, brace, medication or surgeon/specialist. Please let me know!

    Thank you for all your help,

    Morgan

    ##ChronicPain #ChronicSpinePain #SpinalPain #SpinalSurgery #SpinalFusion #ChronicPain #SpinalStenosis #ChronicIllness

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    Surgery update; home, healing and recovering. ✅#SpinalSurgery #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #Anxiety #SacroilliacJointPain #sciatica #SpinalFusion #Backinjury #Fatigue

    Post surgery update: Im at home resting, healing and recovering! Im having pain of course but doing my best to stay on top of it and icing like nobody’s business! I had the best nurses watching after me and advocating for me while at the hospital. I feel like I said this but the food was excellent, best ever. I could have stayed another night, I was not forced out but wanted to be at home with my Benny boy 🐕 I missed him! My mom is such an angel & stayed with me❤️I had worked with physical and occupational therapy twice and met with the social worker. My medical equipment and wheelchair was ordered, everything was in place. I was starting to relax, I’ve been through all of this before.

    Hours before I was discharged, the hospitalist met with me and spent two seconds with me. He did not listen to any of my concerns. I got an alert from my pharmacy moments later that my prescriptions were done. I looked to see what they were and 2 pain medications had been filled. I was a pharmacy technician for four years while in college, so I knew to double check everything before I left. The instructions did not match with the days supply which was only enough for 3 1/4 days but also to last for 5 days? The math was not correct. I figured this meant the hospitalist wanted to give me the least amount of pain medication possible. But for getting two more screws drilled into my bones (and bone grafting) plus being immediately post op, this was not good enough for me. I knew what level of pain this Sacroiliac Fusion Surgery brings. 🥺
    I had to be prepared, I had to advocate for myself while exhausted and in so much pain. I was starting to panic and cry, worried about my pain not being controlled at home especially over the weekend with no one available. My nurse helped me get this corrected and assured me she would help me sort it out. I’m so thankful for her❤️ I hugged her when I left!
    I am so overwhelmed with how amazingly supportive and kind you all are. You all are going through your own battles and took time out to #CheckInWithMe and wish me well. I am in such a vulnerable state after this back surgery and I wasn’t expecting it. I’ve been through 3 back surgeries before and thought I knew what to expect. I have had a rollercoaster of emotions on top of lots of pain and exhaustion. Thank you for sharing encouragement and your stories, I love it and get so inspired to be strong. The support you’ve given me means everything 🙏🏼💕💪🏼 I’m a proud owner of 12 titanium screws and another new scar.🔩My new wheelchair comes tomorrow and I can’t wait to go take it out for a spin! It’ll be with me for the next 3 months at least for any distance more than 50 feet. Thanks for coming on my journey with me 👍🏼Hope everyone is having the best Sunday that they are able to. Here’s to not stopping and not giving up ✨🌟

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    When it Rains... It Pours ✔️ #DegenerativeDiscDisease #SpinalSurgery #MultipleSclerosis #ChronicPain #warrior #NeverGiveUp #Anxiety #Depression

    That’s pretty much been my life the last few weeks. I’ve gone from zero attention from medical professionals (for nearly a decade) to being heard and gaining 12 new doctors at one of the top hospitals in Canada.
    And the attention is—oh it’s so overwhelming.

    I have been waitlisted to have my lumbar discectomy surgery for a very long time... since January I have been calling and asking if there’s a booking yet, any updates.. so on and so forth... and— nada. They’ll call me when there’s an opening is all I ever got!
    I’ve waited through all 4 seasons for that phone to ring. waiting, praying for some sort of relief... and it just wasn’t coming.

    Until September 25th came.

    The day I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

    Sunnybrook Health Science Centre has taken such good care of me since then. I’ve never been to such a hospitable and compassionate hospital in my life! Truly! I’m blown away by them. From the nurses, to the anesthesiologists, doctors and office staff. Every one has shown me compassion and comfort.

    I went to meet with my new neurologist and his MS team to talk about treatment plans and what not, one week after being diagnosed. And during that meeting, my phone rang... it was my Neurosurgeons office saying they were ready for me. What?! Now?! Was it coincidence or all the buzz around the neuro department? They would call now. They just would... But I cried when I got off that phone. Everything has just been happening so fast. My brain can’t quite keep up with it all... So I cried. Lol

    Because when it rains... it really does pour.

    My surgery went very well. The pain is—well it’s as expected lol. But it’s another step forward... another step toward some relief. I have such a long road ahead of me... but I’ll take that rain, because who wants a drought?

    Xo B

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