- Age 55+
- 190 lbs
- 5' 2"
- Carlisle, PA
- Injury Status In Pain
- Physical activity per week 8+ hours
- Chronicity 18+ Months
- Doctor/Care Giver Dr. R Dahl
- Number of Surgeries 2
- Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Osteoporosis
I had a laminectomy 9 years ago, after which I was free of pain, able to lose weight, and active for about four years. My surgeon has now retired. That surgeon was dead-set against fusions.
In March, 2015 I had four discs fused. I was told that without the surgery I would be in a wheelchair within two years due to further disc degeneration. I know that my lower spine looked like a derailed train. They had to move one vertebrae almost two inches to realign it.
I was in constant pain before and have been in constant pain since. My mobility is limited and sitting , especially in a car, is very difficult. The narcotics and withdrawals from them were almost worse than the pain. No one told me HOW to get off of them. My body went into shakes and fever the very first time I slept through a dose. I do not tolerate any pain meds, so once I was off the narcotics, that was it. That was two weeks after the surgery.
Switching to a low acid diet of only fruits and vegetables as outlined by Dr. Robert Morse (you can find him on YouTube ) has done more for my pain than anything else I've tried. That sounds extreme, but I was desperate. Living in constant pain warps you. If you have reached the end of your rope, this may be the route for you to try.