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Well I am newer to these forums...but I am just really at the end of my road...and last week started the process of making the biggest decision I could ever make medically for myself.<br><br>
I have fought long and hard for years for pain management. Opting away from cortisone injections just last year, trying pilates/yoga and working to manage on my own. After having my second son I gained new found pain and it has spiraled out of control.<br>
Last week dh and I traveled 6 hours to go to a referral appointment with a Scoliosis Specialist. I hardly ever talked about the crappy quality of life that I endure day in and day out...but it is not an easy one...For the past 2 years I have steadily declined...and in the last 14 months...I have been in pain so unbearable that some days i cannot sit/walk/sleep/or play with my boys. We were finally given a referral to a Scoliosis/Spine surgeon and quickly got an appointment. So that was last week...while waiting in the office at 12:30 that's when it hit me what day it was my mother's birthday....then I really turned into a nervous anxious wreck even more so....with her on my heart...the fear of being told yet again that nothing could be done for me...I wanted to puke right there in the waiting room... But all went well..I have to say the Dr. was a breath of fresh air...he was REAL... open honest...and he used terms like..."you live way out west jesus..or should i say in little baby jesus"....he called his own dad a S*** bag....um he asked me where i would be more comfortable to sit...i said i'm fine standing...and he said oh s**your f'n miserable i can see that...so yes he was laid back and well dh and i both agree he reminds us of House with a little bit of Dr. Jack Shepard...yes we watch too much tv folks.<br><br>
The diagnosis? Spine surgery. he was flat out...and said "well i can do the surgery in 3 hours now lets look at some dates" he was just brutally honest. Open. oh and he hugged me goodbye.<br><br>
I have a lot to take in, a lot to learn...and a lot to take care of...the surgery? oh yeah it can happen as early as the last week of April....We're thinking of taking a mid-may date though right now. I am so un anxious...i am not fearful....meeting the dr...his practice..my mind is at peace and i feel that God has placed me right where I need to be...I feel that so much is good for dh and I at this time in our lives that I can finally make myself better. I had all but given up hope of ever living a normal life...I have gotten accustomed to being in constant pain for the past 5 years....I figured that I had to get used to it for it was the only future I had. I just didn't think that someone would do surgery...so many as dr. skelkov said "crappy doctors" just don't know what they are doing....and well flat out don't give a damn to try....<br><br>
Alll I can dream about right now is not being in pain....growing an inch or two or hell maybe 3...and losing my tummy flap thanks to the surgery...and my boobs looking bigger only because my tummy will get flatter flatter...hahhaha...that is what vicodin does to you folks...really makes you think of the big picture <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
So finally, after 11 years of fighting for a right to live a normal life...fighting for a dr to listen to me...on my mother's birthday there I was in Plano getting real answers to my prayers. I just pray that everything does work out and I come out of this with a new lease on life. All I want to do is be able to play with my kids. I just don't want to be in pain anymore.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> mama! So what exactly would the surgery correct? I don't know much about scoliosis except curvature of the spine. how long would recovery be? Did he think it would take away all the pain, or some of it?<br><br>
Just last weekend I had a tummy bug and my stomach was constantly hurting. that was only for 3 days. I told myself I cannot imagine how people live in constant pain for much longer than that, I really feel for them.<br><br>
Does swimming help you at all (being in the water)?<br><br>
So glad you were able to find someone to help you.
 

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WAIT, wait!<br><br>
There was a Maclean's magazine issue in Canada about scolisosis recently, with a product called spinecor I think!<br><br>
Let me see if I can go find it. Just so you have another option. Tons of doctors don't or won't use it because it is not well known.
 

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<a href="http://www.spinecorspecialists.com/?gclid=CLTR9ru3ipICFQY3gwod2ApTDw" target="_blank">http://www.spinecorspecialists.com/?...FQY3gwod2ApTDw</a>
 

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I do hope that you find the pain free life that many of us take for granted.<br>
best wishes!
 

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I read this on that website..<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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so does that mean it wouldn't work on an adult who has been braced for over 3 years in the past? going to read up more when i'm not on so much pain meds.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Glad you found a dr that takes you seriously. Chronic pain is awful, I understand just wanting to play with your kids and have a normal day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I'm so glad you found a Dr to take you seriously, they are hard to find! Spine surgery is tough (I know from working on an orthopedic floor of a hospital for awhile) but on the other side after recovery is the hope of being pain free!!!!Although my siuation isn't as bad as yours sounds I do know what it is like to have constant back pain. Mine is connected to a genetic connective tissue disorder, I finally found a chiropractor that has helped me immensly and I can manage my pain with chiropractic care twice a month. Being at a pain level that doesn't impact your daily life, that doesn't keep you up at night, that you can get through a day without really thinking about it, oh it is transforming!!! I wish you all the best in this journey!!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grouphug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="grouphug"> Just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts.
 

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Thank you all very much.<br><br>
We called in today and set the date for the surgery.<br>
May 19th. I had to switch pain medications I was starting to get jittery, and stopped sleeping.<br><br>
I have looked into the other areas, braces, and such and I spoke with my doctor and with the type of problems I have had the braces will help just as bad as they did when I was younger.<br><br>
This doctor has been a miracle in my life I am just praying that the recovery is not as harsh as I feel it will be.
 
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