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    Louise Skipp
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    Can anyone help me,I have had chronic pain now for well over 5 years,it came out the blue,no specialist can explain why this has happened to me,the only diagnosis I was given was I have nerve damage in my spine,I am on several tablets for pain,including OxyContin and oxynorm,I am currently awaiting to see specialist this Thursday for results of MRI scan as my pain has now spread throughout my body and I’m now loosing feeling in fingers,hands,and toes,also have large numb area at the top of my spine which is spreading,I’m also having other tests. Last years I lost 5 stone in 6 weeks without dieting,the weight fell off so quick I didn’t even notice,being house bound I tend to wear hoodies and sports leggings so was totally unaware I was loosing weight,I have now lost over 9 stone without dieting and still continue to loose weight which now has become worrying,Doctors are sending me for different tests,the one conclusion the Doctor has come to is I’m anorexic due to the long term effect of OxyContin and oxynorm I also have other symptoms going on,and there is nothing that can be done,changing medication isn’t an option as I’ve tried many without success,stopping medication isn’t an option either as I can barely function now. This is now become really worrying as I feel I’m fighting a loosing battle,living with chronic pain is hard enough,but if the Doctor is right I don’t know what to do,is anyone else having any problems with side effects due to pain medication,can anyone give me any advice or pointers, Thank you. Happy New Year to everyone.

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    lc
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    Hi Louise, Happy new year to you, Sorry I don’t have any answers for you,but it could be like your Dr has said that it’s the medication your on is suppressing your feelings of being hungry ‘ as I know some meds I have taken in the past have done similar to me where I lost weight ,then saying that other meds have made me put on weight.just wait and see what the results are of your scans.I do know a women who had similar to you and they found masses on her spine which they operated on and she is now fine. Sorry about that one, as I don’t want to scare you. I hope it is nothing like that and it is for you, a simple fix for you. it could all just be because of the Meds your on causing this and if it is anorexia ,that can be fixed, even worrying to much can cause you to lose weight. Hope you find out what is causing all your troubles and hope for a speedy recovery for you, let us know how you get on and the results form you scan. Take care and best wishes, Lee

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    Helen H
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    HI Louise
    my pain, like yours, also arrived out of the blue in my back. I was told it is ‘just one of those things’ aka. unexplained. It is also not unusual that pain can flare up out of nowhere. I also have ME and now have pain in multiple areas.

    It is tricky to get a balance between the pain medication you need, and not having bad side effects. One thing you must not do is to try to reduce doses without medical help.

    Wishing you well with the scan results, and hoping there are answers on the way. Keep us posted, as Lee said.

    Best Wishes
    Helen

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    PaulT_99
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    Hi Louise,

    You mention your weight loss.
    It could be worth having tests done to see if you are Diabetic ?.

    You can be silently Diabetic and not know about it. Left for a long time untreated leads to significant large and small nerve damage. Which will result in Chronic Pain out of the blue for no apparent reason.

    ** Helen I also have ME. I was diagnosed way back in 1991 with “Yuppy Flu” after a slow recovery from Viral Meningitis. Tiredness is still the biggest obstacle for me even after all these years past.

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    Louise Skipp
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    Thank you to those of you who took time to reply to my concerns,I have now had my MRI Scan results and I am now being referred to see a spinal specialist at one of the top hospitals that I am very lucky to live near,after 2 years of myself and family fighting Doctors about how my pain had detoriated the scan results did show something to be honest I don’t really understand the results but I was so glad something was found because I started to wonder if pain was in my head,this is what was found prominent discs changes at C5/6 and C6/7 with cord abutment. There is complete effacement of the CSF at C5/6 and severe bilateral foraminal at C6/7,a little of this I understand but not a lot. As for weight loss blood test has found a marker for celiac,have seen specialist and now awaiting appointment for scan on stomach,and camera down my throat,so a bit going on health wise,would appreciate your thoughts on MRI results. Louise

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    lc
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    Hi Louise, I had this. basically cord abutment is an herniated disc touches the spinal cord leaving space behind the cord. basically cord compression. and bilateral foraminal means herniated disc compresses on both sides of cord, caused by an enlarged joint . basically a collapsed disc space. If serious enough like mine was it usually results in surgery I’m afraid. At least you have a diagnosis to your problems. I do empathize with you have this, as it can be really painful. If you start to lose bladder control or lose the use of legs/arms, that is serious and needs operating on. Hope you never get to that stage as it’s excruciating pain. also least you know now what could be causing your weight lose. all of this is fixable. Hope this helps you understand it all a bit better.I do feel for you as I had this and fractured/dislocated pelvis. but mine was lower back, where yours is a lot higher up.Try and keep moving around and gentle exercising as best you can,and be as fit as you can manage, as this will help in the long run.
    Take care Louise and best wishes. Lee

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    lc
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    Hi Forgot to mention that CSF just means Cervical spinal canal. basically means spinal stenosis which is narrowing of the space. Good luck on your next appt. hope all goes well for you. Keep in touch with how you get on, we are all here for you whether a moan or whatever it is.Keep talking. take care and best wishes. Lee

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