Laura

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  • in reply to: Newcomer introduction #47683
    Laura
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    Hi DavidA,

    I wonder if you’ve ever attended a pain clinic? When I used to go some years ago they let me try a TENS machine for free, just to have a go to see if it helped rather than buy one.

    Hope you get some help soon.

    in reply to: New hobbies during lockdown? #47637
    Laura
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    Hi Annie and Lee

    I am having to adapt my main hobby which is reading. When I heard our library was closing because of the coronavirus within 24 hours time I managed to get abut 20 books out of the library, mostly chosen by size! I’m trying to read slowly which doesn’t come easy! I don’t want to read any other way but with a book in my hand but if this goes on too long expect I’ll have to adapt that too.

    Hope you are both keeping well. x

    in reply to: How are you spending Easter? #47633
    Laura
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    Spent a lot of time over the last month trying to get a supermarket delivery shop, could do it in my sleep!

    Take care everyone.

    in reply to: Heat Therapy Benefits For Back Pain #47628
    Laura
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    My hot water bottle is a constant for kidney pain but was wondering if heat pads make you hot like a hot water bottle does? I don’t mind feeling hot in the winter but as the summer is coming I don’t want to bake!

    in reply to: Struggling to walk #47539
    Laura
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    Sorry you are having a hard time, Lorna5, life isn’t much fun with so much pain.

    I have had about 4 physio sessions very recently. The physio didn’t know about my situation really, said I should have gone straight after surgery (I did and they wanted me to do the exact things my surgeon said I shouldn’t do!) amongst other things. Then he admitted nothing was making any difference to my leg strength etc and took me to the hospital gym. 2 minutes on one machine and I was up all night with much worse pain. I’m not going back either.
    I use a stick, it gives me strength to walk, makes me feel less unsteady, I don’t care what it looks like, I wouldn’t choose to have a stick if I didn’t need it.

    Hope things improve for you. x

    in reply to: Any good films…….?! #47538
    Laura
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    Really enjoyed the Downton Abbey film which I got on DVD a week ago.

    Went to see Knives Out a couple of weeks ago, don’t usually go to the cinema as their seats don’t suit me. Didn’t enjoy the film really, not helped by having sciatica!

    Laura
    Participant

    Hi Helen,

    I watched the programme and like you found it very interesting as I’ve been on opioids in the past but never found them any help in relieving my pain (and terrible side-effects). As I understood it, they suggested opioids don’t work for long term pain.

    What was interesting is when the long term users got together and became less isolated. Isolation is a big problem to lots of people and this is where this forum contributes a great deal.

    in reply to: Physio for nerve pain #47511
    Laura
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    An update on physio for nerve pain/damage…. I had my 4th appointment this morning.

    The physio wants me to go to the hospital gym once a week to do circuit training in the lower limb class.

    Had a go on two of the machines while I was there, seemed ok but know it will cause a flare up especially as the class if for an hour. Will try it of course and will use my judgement to how much I do on the day.

    in reply to: Loin pain/hematuria syndrome #47487
    Laura
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    I’ve been having severe loin pain in my kidney area for 5 years & LPHS has been suggested. I’ve seen countless doctors,had an operation, numerous scans etc but the pain is the same as before the operation which it shouldn’t be! Doctors say it is my spine that’s causing the pain, er no, it isn’t !

    in reply to: Physio for nerve pain #47477
    Laura
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    I’ve now had 3 physio appointments.. the exercises have been changed each time.
    When asked how I’m doing with them, I just say you tell me! He’s now saying the purpose of the exercises is not to help with the pain but to strengthen my legs. I’ll be interested to see how much they strengthen because I can’t tell any improvement.

    in reply to: Merrry Christmas #47419
    Laura
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    Merry Christmas to everyone… special thanks to Jan for this website and to all those join together about pain.

    Let’s all hope we have a less painful 2020.

    Laura x

    in reply to: Physio for nerve pain #47374
    Laura
    Participant

    Hi Lee,

    I agree it’s very important to keep moving… my husband and I share the housework, he does the heavy stuff, I do the lighter stuff, he mows the grass, I sow the seeds, I cook, he washes up,we share it out according to what we can do.

    Only wish I could go swimming but there’s nowhere I can go and just paddle about, if you can’t swim lengths that’s a no no and I haven’t the strength to do lengths and never did have!

    I’ve been doing my core strength exercises the physio gave me 2 weeks ago and my back is still in flare up mode, have an appt on Monday so will see what he says!

    Lx

    in reply to: Physio for nerve pain #47370
    Laura
    Participant

    Hi Joyce,

    I was in my early 50s when I had the ops.

    Within 6 months of the stabilisation operation I had a full fusion but then the following year had all the instrumentation taken out. I never had any pain relief from the operations. What I didn’t know was that multiple operations at the same site can cause irreversible nerve damage/scar tissue so that’s something to know about up front.

    I too always carried on with things, still do but I feel my pain is getting worse as I get older. And the physio exercises are killing my back!

    in reply to: Physio for nerve pain #47368
    Laura
    Participant

    No, Christine, you didn’t put me off! What does put me off is if the medical person doesn’t understand how my pain affects me and doesn’t ask. I’ve had some awful experiences with people who said they knew all about bad backs, these days I feel very able to say no to things I know will hurt me.

    Joyce… it’s such a toss up as to whether ops work. I went ahead after a lot of research etc. but it still went wrong but it was a chance I took. Now of course I wish I hadn’t had it done but hindsight is a wonderful thing. I have met several people who’ve had a wonderful result from fusion surgery but they were a lot younger than me and didn’t have degenerative disc disease which I do. I wish you the best of luck in your decision, in the end only you can decide of course, it’s a big decision. xx

    in reply to: Physio for nerve pain #47362
    Laura
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    Hi,

    Well my first appointment after a 3 month wait was cancelled just as I was going out the door. Then I had to wait another week for the first session.

    It didn’t seem as if the physio knew much about failed back surgery syndrome and suggested I do core strengthening exercises which he said would help my legs. Not sure but will go along with it. Trouble is the next day I started a big flare up of back pain which isn’t unexpected of course. I’m doing the exercises I’ve been given and go back in December.

    Christine, my physio is a very tall young man so hope he’s gentle with me!

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