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  Reply # 1458848 30-Dec-2015 07:42
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meesham: For me it was sciatic nerve pain from a disc prolapse - I had the pain for 6 months before I had surgery (which removed it instantly). In those 6 months I couldn't sit down, standing was slightly less painful and lying down wasn't any better, I pretty much just had to pace around all day. In those 6 months I averaged about 2 hours sleep per night, I'd pass out around 4-5 am from exhaustion - usually on the floor because for some reason the pain subsided a bit if I was lying on the floor instead of something soft. By the end I was wanting to chop my leg off from the pain (even though I knew it wasn't really in my leg). It would have only been a 3 month event but about the week before I was due for my op the pain started to subside a bit and I figured that if I could avoid someone cutting open my back and tinkering with my spine I would, and then 3 weeks later it bulged again and the pain went into both legs and then I had to go through the exercise of waiting to see the orthopaedic surgeon, wait for an MRI (which showed the prolapse to be as big as they get) and then wait for a surgery spot to open. 

Not a fun 6 months of my life, this also happened when my first-born was 8 months old so my wife had it pretty tough too. I've got to say that the ACC was awesome and being self employed they saved me big time - we have the best system in the world. Look after your back people, and be careful when lifting stuff!


@meesham: My disc (L4/L5 I think) first crapped itself in July last year. Was able to happily hobble for a couple of months, then it was more of an unhappy hobble and by January/February I was dragging my left leg around with considerable discomfort. End result was they removed a large chunk of disc, "as well as a few small pieces that were floating around". Luckily I was put on drugs (Gabapentin, which took the edge off to start with) in October, and the Morphines from December.


There was no ACC for mine, also self employed.




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  Reply # 1458851 30-Dec-2015 08:04
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I have shared much of this here but this tgread seems appropriate. I have used Tramadol and Morphines but try to limit their use. I have ti inject biologics each week and swallow a cocktail of junk. To try manage pain i use mindfulness and a TENS unit but use pain relief when other methods fail. Some days i can walk short distances, but most I cannot.

My Cervical and Lumbar Spine is badly damaged and Hips, Knees, Arms are damaged and tge Spinal cord is compressed. It also affects my Kidneys, Heart, Lungs.

On bad days the pain can be overwelming and it may show here if i post cranky post, i apologise for that.





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  Reply # 1458877 30-Dec-2015 09:02
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At present I am laid up in bed with limited exercise for the next month due having a spinal fusion the week before Xmas. My L5-S1 disc compressed and dissolved to the point I was bone on bone and the only long term relief going forward was the operation as I didn't want to live on pain meds for the rest of my life. I had a partial disectomy 8 years ago due to a prolapsed disc and was told that this was going to be on the cards in the near future.

The worst pain for me was when I sneezed, crickey it shot me through the roof if I didn't stop it in time, not looking forward to my next and first sneeze after this operation.

Taking Tramadol and Sevredol to keep myself in relative comfort while I heal. I can't wait to get back on the tools, all I'm doing is designing user interfaces for our home automation app, but the meds make me a little "fuzzy" when trying to hard to think.

I'll second the previous point made - please look after your back.




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  Reply # 1458878 30-Dec-2015 09:05
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The most painful thing for me ever was a burn.

Not even a big burn, but it felt like every nerve ending was screaming out in agony. 

It is a strange pain too -- dunking into cold water would immediately and completely alleviate pain-- but a few seconds after removing from cold water I'd be in agony again. After about 7 hours the pain disappeared almost instantaenously - one minute I was in  absolute pain, the next it was completely gone. 

Interesting thing is trying to sleep with your hand in a bowl of cold water ha ha. 

Ever since, I've felt really bad for those who suffer burns themselves as you sometimes read in the news. 



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MikeB4: I have shared much of this here but this tgread seems appropriate. I have used Tramadol and Morphines but try to limit their use. I have ti inject biologics each week and swallow a cocktail of junk. To try manage pain i use mindfulness and a TENS unit but use pain relief when other methods fail. Some days i can walk short distances, but most I cannot.

My Cervical and Lumbar Spine is badly damaged and Hips, Knees, Arms are damaged and tge Spinal cord is compressed. It also affects my Kidneys, Heart, Lungs.

On bad days the pain can be overwelming and it may show here if i post cranky post, i apologise for that.



Jeez that sounds difficult . Continuing pain must wear you down .

The problem is , people don't appreciate good health until they lose it. 






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  Reply # 1458925 30-Dec-2015 10:47
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overkill: At present I am laid up in bed with limited exercise for the next month due having a spinal fusion the week before Xmas. My L5-S1 disc compressed and dissolved to the point I was bone on bone and the only long term relief going forward was the operation as I didn't want to live on pain meds for the rest of my life. I had a partial disectomy 8 years ago due to a prolapsed disc and was told that this was going to be on the cards in the near future.

The worst pain for me was when I sneezed, crickey it shot me through the roof if I didn't stop it in time, not looking forward to my next and first sneeze after this operation.

Taking Tramadol and Sevredol to keep myself in relative comfort while I heal. I can't wait to get back on the tools, all I'm doing is designing user interfaces for our home automation app, but the meds make me a little "fuzzy" when trying to hard to think.

I'll second the previous point made - please look after your back.


I remember sneezing and laughing being hugely painful when recovering from my sternotomy, too. Er Indoors was watching a funny film and I had to leave the room!





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  Reply # 1458926 30-Dec-2015 10:48
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scuwp: Snapped crutiate ligament for me, felt like someone had just hammered an 8" nail right through my knee.  Closely followed by Windows Vista and kids. 


Ah but one of those was self-inflicted and doesn't count! money-mouth





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  Reply # 1458927 30-Dec-2015 10:49
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This thread reminds me powerfully that however bad you think you have it, others have always got it worse. A lot of stoicism and courage here.






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  Reply # 1458928 30-Dec-2015 10:50
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nakedmolerat:
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Geektastic: Descending aortic dissection.

An extreme medical emergency, incredibly painful and not to be recommended!


Holy s#!t balls! Bona fide Medical emergency right there. I've assisted on a repair of one of those in the small hours of the night... Wow.


I believe descending aortic dissection mostly requires medical management only unless it ruptured.

With regards to kidney stones, some people able to cope with them well and some don't. The small one tends to be more painful than the larger size.


Medical management thus:

Surgeon to wife at midnight, 2 hours after admission : "We've cleared a theatre and called in a full cardiac team. We need to do this now or he'll be dead by the end of the week."





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  Reply # 1458963 30-Dec-2015 11:55
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MikeB4: I have shared much of this here but this tgread seems appropriate. I have used Tramadol and Morphines but try to limit their use. I have ti inject biologics each week and swallow a cocktail of junk. To try manage pain i use mindfulness and a TENS unit but use pain relief when other methods fail. Some days i can walk short distances, but most I cannot.

My Cervical and Lumbar Spine is badly damaged and Hips, Knees, Arms are damaged and tge Spinal cord is compressed. It also affects my Kidneys, Heart, Lungs.

On bad days the pain can be overwelming and it may show here if i post cranky post, i apologise for that.



Jeez that sounds difficult . Continuing pain must wear you down .

The problem is , people don't appreciate good health until they lose it. 







If you feel pain you are still alive, and it motives one to push oneself to do more




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  Reply # 1459007 30-Dec-2015 12:45
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Had a radiator explode in my face once... 2 days on morphine drip in hospital.

The worst was trying to evacuate my bowels (after the gauze was removed) after hemorrhoid surgery with a lot of stitches up there. I stopped eating because the pain was unbearable. This went on for about 2.5 weeks.

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  Reply # 1459009 30-Dec-2015 12:52
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I have 6 crushed vertebrae at last count so somewhere between bad to worse is my pain scale day to day.

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  Reply # 1459019 30-Dec-2015 13:15
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gehenna: I have 6 crushed vertebrae at last count so somewhere between bad to worse is my pain scale day to day.


When I was in hospital following my dissection, I was a bit hazy as they had been giving me the good stuff.

I do recall a nurse asking me "On a scale of one to ten, how is your pain?" to which I replied "Oh, it's a 10 but I don't care!"





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  Reply # 1459021 30-Dec-2015 13:17
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Long term pain has always been my back, but short term pain had to be when they removed my catheter in hospital, I even asked the nurse if he was trying to start a lawnmower, he pulled that thing quick and it was like fire in my pipe that I wasn't prepared for........ouch




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  Reply # 1459316 30-Dec-2015 22:14
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scuwp: Snapped crutiate ligament for me, felt like someone had just hammered an 8" nail right through my knee.  Closely followed by Windows Vista and kids. 


I did my ACL playing indoor soccer. It was very painful, but, nowhere as much as when I burned my hand.    Different pains though, acl was more of an aching pain, burn was a searing pain. 

Incidentally, how long did they take to diagnose your ACL?  They took a couple of months and misdiagnosed several times (resulting in further injury) before deciding an MRI is required. 

Before the MRI, ACC denied it was an accident injury and told me to consult a lawyer if i disagreed.  ACC said my ACL tear was a degenerative problem. 

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