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  #11  
Unread 07-25-2004, 06:45 PM
Jeanne

Jeanne
I know what you are saying about chiros not all are bad but with the dr telling me to do it or no mri I really had no choice right then.I think I did cause more bad then good.In nov last year i had a laser decompression on the L4/L5 disc it did not help with the sciatic pain.In April this year I had ther IDET procedure on the L5/S1. My pain is more now that before april. The dr told me that all I could do was to either wait until disc replacement was practiced in the U.S or go to a surgeon and have the back fused together. Or I guess I could jusr keep taking meds. This has been a long hard road and I am so confused. I do not know what to do and do not have any family to discuss things and get input. Some days I can barely get out of bed.
Anyway if anyone can help with info or anything I would appreciate it.

Carla
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  #12  
Unread 07-25-2004, 11:21 PM
Back disc injury after vaginal hysterectomy

Hi Ladies,

After my TAH/BSO I too had EXCRUCIATING back pain and pain down my leg. The doctors dismissed it, said it couldn't be related to the surgery, said it was sciatica, blah, blah, blah.

Fast forward years later and finally some good doctors; turns out the pain down my leg is pudendal nerve damage (permanent) and the horrible back pain was/is from a rectocele that not only pushes into my vagina but BACK into my spine. Fortunately, I can control the back pain by controlling the rectocele. I do this by keeping my vagina "plumped" (hormones) and strict diet to keep my stool from compacting.

BOTH conditions were caused by the TAH/BSO and are NOT uncommon complications. (What is uncommon is for the doctors to admit hysterectomies cause these problems.)

I had to really fight against the parade of anti-depressants that were being shoved at me for my "imagined" pain until I finally found the right doctors. I think the invalidation and abandonment from my first doctors was as painful emotionally as the physical pain from my injuries.

You hang in there. You'll know when someone finally gets it right. Keep trying until you find a doctor who can help you.


Hugs,
  #13  
Unread 07-27-2004, 05:51 PM
Herniated Disc?

Hi.
I was very surprised to read this topic here. I had surgery in December of 2001. I thought I had recooperated quickly and without incident. I wanted to go back to work right away.

About a month or so later, I had a weird condition with my left ankle and foot. It's hard to explain, but it would "lock-up". I would be stuck where ever I was standing, and had to wait until it passed before I could move again. Also, I walked with a limp.

I went to my primary care physician (who is in the same health center as the gynecologist that took my organs, so they have access to the same medical records of mine.) Anyway, the primary care physician didn't take it very seriously, not even doing any kind of test or anything. Just peeked at my ankle and sent me on my way.

Over time, it seemed to get better. But...8 months after my hysterectomy, I woke up one day with excruciating back/hip/leg pain. I couldn't move. I couldn't even twist my body enough to reach the telephone, which was on the nightstand next to the bed. The pain was unbearable!

My primary care physician said it was a herniated disc. Gave me pain meds, muscle relaxers, etc...

I would never have guessed that there could be a relation to the hysterectomy! I've had so many health problems, but never attributed them to that dreadful surgery. To this day, I don't know which ailments are directly related, and which ones aren't. Some I am SURE are--such as the immediate loss of sexual functioning. No question there! It happened instantaneously!

So...to this day I don't know if my back problems are due to the hysterectomy or not. My surgery was done abdominally, and included removal of healthy uterus, ovaries, cervix.

Margie
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  #14  
Unread 07-27-2004, 06:00 PM
Back disc injury after vaginal hysterectomy

I know this is in no way related but I thought I'd offer the tip. my father was in a car wreck a few years back and injured his back, my mother has some sort of spinal problem that causes the discs to detereorate (sp?) over time. (I'm not too clear on what exactly it is) the doc they see advised them to use cold compresses rather than heat on the spine. The first thing they did for my dad was lay him on his stomach and lay cold compresses on his back. I can't say for sure if this works for pain but both my parents swear by it. my mom uses this thing she can put in the freezer and sort of wrap it around her or lay on it. I hope you all feel better soon!

Kelli
  #15  
Unread 07-27-2004, 06:08 PM
Back disc injury after vaginal hysterectomy

Hi girls,

Well I too have serverly herinated disks on L4/L5 and degerirative disks. My herniation happened on a rollercoaster a year ago. My chiropractor is very good and helpful. He did send me for and MRI after 3-4 months of treating me and the problem always returning. The chiropractor is good for keeping everything in line so the vertabrea are not pushing on nerves that they are not suppose to and to keep things moving. If you leave it alone your body will splint itself with calicum and you won't be able to move those vertabrea at all. Thus loss of mobility.

So, treat it soon is the key. I did the chiropractor, ice and walking. I need to see the physical therapist but due to a complicated life have not been able to schedule yet. Strenghting that area and keeping it moving is key. Your Neurosurgeon is going to want to do surgery which once the nerve damage has happend (this disk pushing on it for a long period of time) the surgery can be completly mute. My Neurosurgeon said 6 months is the time frame for alternative medicine and at that point you can still have successful surgery. The nerve get's inflamed from being irritated all the time and just stays that way disk pushing on it or not if you let it go.

Steriod injection by epidural with X-ray is good. I did one and dang did it hurt! But, I would say my pain is down to a 2 from a constant 4-5. It baths the nerve and brings down the swelling and inflamation. Works for some not for others. But, it's an option.

Well, my ending up being longer than I had thought it would be.

Blessings,

Wildflowers

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Unread 08-01-2004, 08:37 PM
herniated disks

Hi and thank you for your replies - it was so reasurring to know that I am not the only one in this position.

The medical field medical field makes you feel you are the only one and the only person to say this condition was due to the Hyst was my pain specialist.

The orthopedic surgions and neurologists I have seen tell me that surgery is a last resort for repairing my herniated disks. This is because there is a very high possibility that the operation would make the pain worse.

I am living on high does of pain releif and anti-inflamitories.

My latest treatment has been a 3 week pain management course. While it hasn't made a signinficant difference to my pain levels, it has made a difference to my attitude towards my pain - I was scared that activity would increase the damage to my back, but now I walk even if I have pain.

Would love to talk more about this as I am finding chronic pain to be a very lonely way of life.

Chook.
  #17  
Unread 08-03-2004, 09:08 AM
Back disc injury after vaginal hysterectomy

Have you entertained the thought of the steriod injection? It really helped me. Don't let the pain go on and on for months on end. My Neurosurgon said the first 6 months for alternative medicine and then do the back surgery. If you let it go you can have permanant nerve damage. Very bad. My FIL let his go for 1-2 years and now nothing helps. He is using a walker, anitdepressants and is miserable all the time. He is looking at having the nerve block surgery. They implant a device in your abdomen that stops the pain message from reaching the brain. Thus no more pain. Your nerve is still shot and will have muscle atrophy, possible loss of bladder and bowel control, (isn't that lovely to think about) and lots of other complications. If you have not had an MRI done yet I would. Then your Neurosurgeon can write orders for you to get physical therapy. This coupled along with chiropractice care will help alot. Depends upon your body. Then you can always do the surgery at the 6-8month mark with good odd's of success. Don't wait on this.

Blessings to you,

Wildflowers
  #18  
Unread 08-06-2004, 03:30 PM
Back disc injury after vaginal hysterectomy

Hi all again,

I am amazed at how forward thinking some of your drs are towards chiropractic and alternative thereapies. Here in the UK, some drs still tend to raise eyebrows at the mention of the word although it is generally better accepted. I'd be amazed if I was told to get any of these before medical methods of treatment. It's great to hear and wish we could get ours on the nhs too! (maybe in a few more decades!!)

I've just got my date for my mri scan - 10th December this year. I'm shocked it's that far away. I don't think my employers will hold my job open for that long. I'm not allowed to lift or carry and expect it's the same for all of you too? I spoke to my personnel manager today, but didn't tell her I got my date (long story behind this) and she curtly said that "there aren't many jobs in retail that don't involve lifting or carrying" .......... what can I say to that!

I'm seeing my dr next tuesday to discuss this all with him. No matter what tho', I do believe that things happen for reasons and given time, all will be alot clearer in time.
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