New sudden pain after microdisc sugary

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Ok so a little about my history first. I was first diagnosed with dehydrating disc back in 2005 after an MRI following a car wreck. In 2007 i was helping my family lay tile and sneezed while reaching for tile. The next day I was in horrible pain. The following week I had another MRI and was in formed that I not only had dehydrating disc but degenergitive disc disease (I'm still unclear the diffefemce) at 22 I was put on an array of anitinflamatories, nerve pain, muscle relaxers and pain meds and told I would never be a nurse like I had hopped for. Since then I have had multiple med changes and 9 rounds of three shots of spinal epidural injections.

In March my orthopedic said he was afraid to do anything else and he thought it was time to see a spinal/neyrology specialist. Off I go to him and the week after the MRI I was being admitted to the hospital for 50% removal of l5 s1

All was amazingly great I was walking the day of sugary. Not pain free but at a bearable level. That was on may 30. Two weeks ago my family went on vacation to the mountains and my aunt and my niece were playing when I slipped on a rock and hit my back right where my scar is. (Years ago I was told by the ortho if I hit the ground stay till medical help arrived. Well because I landed in about three foot of water and not wanting to freak my niece out i simply jumped up. Well today. About 15 days give or take from the fall I was at a friend's house and went to stand up and I thought I was going to faint the pain was so intense. I came home and laid down in the couch and that's where I have been for the last 5 hours scared to move much.

Could this be a delayed reaction to the fall. I have an appt in 2 days with my sugran but I'm wondering if I should call his emergency line or if im.being paranoid this far out from.everyrhing.

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    Hi Bellakrystle,

    I'm really sorry to hear about your condition, it sounds very painful and stressful.

    Have you tried calling you're surgeons team? clinical nurse? they have been very helpful with me throughout the recovery. 

    I had my L4/L5 md just over 5 weeks ago, and also have terrible pain in my lower back and have my first physio appointment tomorrow, so hopefully they can straighten me out and relieve some pain.

    Seeking advise as soon as possible is the best option, As its Sunday now, maybe try you GP's out of hours number and they can advise the best.

    Good luck and I really hope you get the support you need.

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    You are the first person I've ever known that had a surgery that successfully solved their pain. And I've talked with a lot of pain patients who have had surgery.

    I don't have an answer for you other then if you live in the US there is probably no point in going to the ER because they almost never treat for back pain by giving pain killers. So call you doctor if you want to but I would think twice before I spent any time at the emergency room. The only exception would be if you lost control of your bladder or bowels. That is serious and should be address immediately.  Oh and BTW the medical field does not think that pain alone is an emergency (again in the US).

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      It wasn't 100 percent successful. It only made my pain bearable. But now I'm back at the almost unbearable point. I have appt tomorrow at 1:30. About 19 and a half hours from now. So I'm not going to the er. I have racked up over 200k (usd) in medical bills since Jan 1 and as long as I go through the parent company of my sugary 95 yo 99 % is covered under charity. So I'm just trying to hold out till my appt

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      That kind of success in back surgery is the best I ever hear from people. Those that get pain relief from surgery it seems is only a temporary thing. Typically only lasting a couple of years. Although being pain free for 2 years sounds wonderful I still don't think it would be worth it given the kind of pain that comes with this type of surgery.

      I'm guessing by the time you read this post you will have made it to your doctor. Keep me posted on what he or she says. I would love to hear how it comes out. Good luck

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    Hi all. So here I am 8 months from sugary and I'm doing pretty good I think. I'm able to walk about 2000 to 2500 steps a day (as recorded on a pedometer) if I push my self much harder I'm in a lot of pain. I still have a lot of trouble doing any bending or lifting or standing but from what I have read in my research so far I'm about typical. I have good days and bad days but like I told my surgeon I'm just glad I can use the bathroom with out breaking put in tears from the pain (before sugary I was in so much pain I was dehydrating myself because I refused to eat or drank for fear of the major increase in pain to do something as simple as pee) I'm just concerned that I'm being too optimistic

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    oh my......... I am glad you have an appointment in 2 days...... how is your level of tolerance to the pain at this point??...... If you cannot handle the pain or are losing control of your bladder...... you need to go to the emergency room...... sorry..... but it is better to be safe then sorry.........  biggrin
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