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    I understand exactly where you're coming from.

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    *Sings* "You are not alooone....."

    Gosh, it's amazing how many of us have back problems, and until you experience it yourself it is sooo hard to grasp just how painful it can be and how limiting it is.

    I blew a disc in my lower back about 12 years ago, I had the flu, I sneezed, and POP!! I was in hospital on morphine for 2 weeks, was at home for about another 4 weeks basically learning how to walk again - lots of physio, chiro, heat packs, cold packs and gentle exercise. I was too chicken to have surgery as I thought I might end up in a wheelchair. Then about 7 years ago I did my back again, this time using a pooper scooper! Another month in bed.

    By that time the MRI revealed that the disc was virtually non-existant, and the vertebrae either side were crumbling. As a result the surgery I could have had 12 years ago is no longer suitable, so now I manage the pain as and when it happens. I am very very careful about lifting, bending etc, and about 3 years ago I lost 20 kgs which has helped immensely.

    However, the one thing that has REALLY helped me is a little contraption called a TENS machine, cost about $170 or so 7 years ago from memory, it's similar to what the physios use, but comes in a little pouch. You have a couple of sticky pads that you place over the problem area (my lower back in my case), and the pads are attached to cords that connect to the machine which you can hook to your jeans or whatever. It sends an impulse to the pads, and you set the intensity to what you can bear.

    I'd highly recommend it to anyone that suffers back pain, the difference is amazing.

    Big hugs to all that are suffering! Especially you Disney!

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    OMG I have a tens machine. HEAVEN

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    Ohh thank you Greys. I can live with the pain, I can accept I will never play soccer again or do heavy weights etc. What I'm afraid of is if I can never bear a child.

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    i was a hit and run victim at age 15, multiple fractures to the pelvis, a couple of internal things went wrong, and my back was 'bad' from then on. (summary) from the age of 20 (i'm 56 now) i have been seeing chiropractors, (osteopaths earlier on) and they fix me up every time. i could not recommend a good chiro more strongly. i have what has been described as 'severe degenerative changes' to my lower lumbar-sacral area now, and still, my chiro fixes me up every time i feel pain or restricted movement. i go when i have headaches, he adjusts my neck, and all is well again.

    Disney, i feel for you. i lost the ability to have children with my original 'accident' - but i have never minded so much, there are lots of other ways to enjoy life.

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    My dad has a terrible back (has to lay on the floor for days at a time) due to being a bricklayer for nearly 30 years. He's tried all sorts but the thing he now swears by is cupping....

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    My son is now 25. When he was 19 he stood up from hands and knees weeding. Bulging disks and crushed nerves. Two operations later, no real change. He has done a residential pain clinic, is under a great pain specialist. He lives on pain patches, fast and slow morphines, many other drugs. One foot and parts of the leg are permanently numb and he has bad sciatica down both legs. He has been assessed for workers comp at 17pc disabled and after that cut out he has qualified for a disabled pension. He is my graetest worry, getting him to and from hospitals, specialists as he can really only drive about 2 hrs.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    My son is now 25. When he was 19 he stood up from hands and knees weeding. Bulging disks and crushed nerves. Two operations later, no real change. He has done a residential pain clinic, is under a great pain specialist. He lives on pain patches, fast and slow morphines, many other drugs. One foot and parts of the leg are permanently numb and he has bad sciatica down both legs. He has been assessed for workers comp at 17pc disabled and after that cut out he has qualified for a disabled pension. He is my graetest worry, getting him to and from hospitals, specialists as he can really only drive about 2 hrs.
    I read posts like this and Zen, GAG and DGP and I am truly shattered by the age you people have suffered from. I take may hat off to you all to cope with and your ability and to support others (Di, I also consider the pain YOU experience watching what your young son goes through) sending you all healing loving comfortable and peaceful thoughts.

    PS Yep, agree with the TENS machine as well. Nothing like taking your mind off the pain with little jolts of electricity lol
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    I thought prolapsed uterus could be "stitched back in" with a fairly simple operation. Same as dealing with fistula (urine leaking through vagina wall caused by having babies). Why the hell has no doctor looked at fixing that. How could you possibly be too busy to deal with that. How long would you be wiped out for anyway? How often does it wipe you out now? You'd need reinforced pants to keep yourself together. EEEK.

    I do know someone who put up with a fistula for years because her doctors didn't recognise what was wrong. Need new doctors at that point.

    I have scoliosis of spine too - but not many degrees. Did heaps of swimming as a growing teen to try to grow out of it. Not sure if it is a problem now or not (apart from the occasional lower back pain).

    DGP - clots are what caused my period pain - but a human egg by itself is tiny / microscopic. It's the hen's egg lump of red jelly stuff around it that causes the pain problem. And I wouldn't get one per period but lots. BLEACH. I tend to skip the sugar pills in my pill packet these days. Several GPs have declared that ok, but my sister is sure I will get breast cancer. I'm happy to trade several years of my life for no more periods. I would also trade a couple of years for no more mozzie bites - but that's another story.

    If I ever want to make a bloke feel really really uncomfortable - I go into details about wimmins things. Usually when the silly bloke insists on knowing what us wimmen were talking about before he arrived. And he doesn't understand we mean it when we say "you don't want to know". My other favourite is to describe in detail where a catheta goes during a prostate operation, and also what a spinal block looks like. I got to see a "urology list" when my dad was trying to persuade me to go to medical school. One of the reasons I told him I didn't want to be a doctor was I couldn't handle the whole idea of surgery - ie cutting people up and sewing them back together, for some reason he thought that anaesthetics would be a good fit. Did I mention - not liking needles either? Not to mention how hard it is to deal with people who are in sick or in pain - some of them are really rude and or just can't listen to anything you say even when you're trying to help. Couldn't take much of that myself.

    Happy new year all. Hope some of these medical nasties see some relief.

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    Way past stitching - And too busy in the sense that I have four kids no partner and a job that if I don't work I don't get paid. I wouldn't be able to get out of bed for 2 weeks, do any sort of work or bending etc for 2 weeks after that and then another 2 weeks of no lifting or "labouring" type work - so really 4 weeks relating to my kids but 6 weeks relating to work.

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