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Folks, I have been waiting, begging and/or demanding help from the medical field for more than 11 years now.  As many of you may know, I have been tormented with back pain for 11 years, having had two lumbar spine surgeries, both of which failed.  After being under the care of a Pain Specialist for 11 years, last Friday (June 5) I had a trial procedure (5 days in length) wherein leads from an E-Stimulation machine were temporarily (just for the length of the trial period) connected to the nerves in my spine,  emitting electrical stimulation which interrupts the transmission of pain signals from the back to the brain.  Something similar was available back in the 1980-2000 years, called a Tens Machine.  My doctor told me this program, if it worked with me (it doesn't always work for everyone) would be 100 times better than the Tens Machine.  I'm delighted to be able to tell you all that it worked for me, but the trial period was over and the leads were removed this afternoon.  Although I am now in a lot of pain, I have hope because the Pain Specialist has referred me to a neuorosurgeon for surgical implantation of the leads and the stimulator.  The stimulator is somewhat similar to a heart pacemaker, it's located differently, of course.  I hope how soon I can resolve (quickly) some other medical issues so that the doctor can proceed with the surgery to implant the device.  Not only does it relieve pain, it will also help in reducing the amount of prescription pain medications required to keep me more comfortable.  This has been such a long-awaited miracle, a huge blessing, and I'm quite sure it will extend my life here on earth a little further.  I hate the pain relievers, they are dangerous, but sometimes there's just no other choice.  Praise God!  Please keep me in your prayers until this surgery is completed.  Okay, sorry for the rant, but I'm just so thankful this works for me.  I hope that this might work for some of you who may also be suffering from back injuries.  I'm sure there are many others whose back pain is worse than mine.  Of course, just as with any surgery, there are risks involved, but I think the prescription pain relievers represent an even greater threat.
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That's wonderful news Jeanette! Good health, a soon to be scheduled surgery, and a quick recovery are wished for you.
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We do live in a time of amazing medical advances -- glad you've gotten some relief!
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Thank God there are new medical miracles!  Sounds like the perfect answer for you.  Will keep you in my prayers, Jeanette!
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I have a TENS device that I used for back pain and it works fantastic!  I am so glad you found a path to relief!
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I have back issues, and understand. It is good help is near, praying for great results.

I found "Jin shin do". It involves finger pressure on points used in acupuncture. While sounds different, stimulus is provided to points, releasing muscle spasms that compact disks, resulting in pain relief. It was a journey to learn techniques, but significantly improved life.

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That's wonderful to hear there may be an end to your back pain.
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Jeanette, I am SO happy for you!  Living with chronic conditions, especially pain, is so discouraging and draining.  SO happy to hear that happier healthier days are ahead for you!  

Will you forgive me a tiny chuckle?  I read the title Miracle Medical Achievement and immediately imagined a 'cure' for SMAD (Sewing Machine Acquisition Disorder) lol!!  (Ridiculous, I know, as there is obviously no cure....)

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That's wonderful news Jeanette! Praying that all goes well for you.

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Thank you all for your caring and concern.  I really don't have time for self-pity, but I am getting very tired of the constant and severe pain.  I've been struggling with this for 11 years, so please forgive my little pity-party.  Those 11 years have been rough in a lot of ways.  It really hurt in a lot of ways when I had to face facts -- that I could NOT go on working.  I worked for a wonderful boss for 30+ years, and it's hard to let that kind of a working situation go.  In the long run, I knew staying and not really being able to do the job would be unfair to my boss, so I let it go.  My boss was far too good to me over those 30+ uears for me to be unfair to him and his family.  They were all really good to me and my family, and I'll never forget that. 

Again, thank you folks for caring.  I know a little of what anyone who has spinal issues goes through, having had two lumbar spine procedures which, through no fault of the surgeon, were dismal failures.  That's why I admit to being slightly neurotic about traffic safety and stupidity in driving -- I have had three major auto accidents over the years, none of which were my fault, but the smallest of accidents can have devastating lasting effects.  Overall, my injuries could easily have been much, much worse, but every accident builds on previous injuries, so I've been told.  Talk about setting off alarms at airports -- will I ever, if I ever fly again (and I hate flying).  I flew from North Florida to Tulsa, OK in late August of 1992, with a change of planes in Atlanta.  When my flight from Florida arrived in Atlanta, the remnants of Hurricane Andrew were camped out at the Atlanta airport.  After multiple postponements and one flight cancellation, I finally got out of Atlanta, but at take-off, I could not see the wing tips on the plane.  That did it for me. 

I apologize for my rant, but I do thank you all for your messages and caring.  Yes, thank God for new medical miracles.  I've been down, but I'm not out yet! lol!  Seriously, I'm not addicted to the prescription pain medicines, except for the relief they provide, but I don't like taking them.

EDIT:  Hilltophomesteader, I'm afraid that SMAD is a terminal disease without an intervention (and I don't know who would really want to go through an intervention! lol!

EDIT #2  I already have an appointment with the neurosurgeon -- 7/1/20, office visit -- not the surgery.

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Rejoice, I'm so glad to hear your news. Thanks for sharing. You may save someone years of suffering.
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I am so glad for you!  I have had 5 back surgeries and a Tens unit worked well for me.  I take pain meds 3 times daily just to get through each day.  So I do understand what you are going through.  Prayers and best wishes for a speedy outcome for you.
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Jeanette, I know I am newer here and don't even know you, but I can't help but be so happy for you. I can't imagine being in such pain for so long. What a blessing to find a solution! Wishing you well - I am sure July can't come soon enough!! 
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Again, thank you for all your caring and encouraging posts and messages.  They do provide a great deal of encouragement -- I can't begin to express how much your messages/posts mean -- how much they encourage me not to falter, but to go on and get through the hurdles.  In the middle of all this, my blood circulation in my legs from the knees down has been raising a violent storm and my feet, ankles, and from the knee down have been extremely swollen as well.  I've had a couple of incidences of this in the past, but it's been about 6-8 years ago (the last time).  So, I now have an appointment with a vascular surgeon a week after my appointment with the neurosurgeon.  Please, God, don't tell me I need another surgery.  My doctor has prescribed lasix and potassium -- lasix to get rid of excess fluid and potassium to replace the potassium in the body that is washed out if the system bythe lasix   What a tangled web.  The effects of those !  Old auto accident surely come home to roost.  It's very frustrating, but I'm grateful for every day I can draw a breath and get out of bed.  So thank you, all of you for your caring and concern.  I turned 75 on the 18th, and I sure cannot do what I used to do.  I had one of the prettiest rose gardens but I just couldn't keep it up so I lost it.  I love roses, but they require so much care!  God bless you all, and thank you all for your caring and concern.


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Happy Birthday, Jeannette! May you have many more, and all of those with no pain.
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Jeanette, happy belated birthday and good luck with the latest symptoms.  Fingers crossed, prayers will be said for you.  I have good health at this point in my life, but do realize how quickly things can change for any of us at any given time.  I have ponies that I dearly love and have vowed to give them a good home for as long as they live.  The thing is, ponies can live longer than a big horse.  We're talking about the possibility of 40+ years, though many don't live that long.  If there three I have live to their 40's, I will be in my 80's!  There's incentive to take care of myself!  
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Jeanette, I’m awfully sorry to read about the pain you’re in, and have been in for so long. I hope the new procedure goes well for you. Keep us posted!

And of course, happy birthday! [love]

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Thank you all so much for your caring thoughts and prayers. I go to see the neurosurgeon who will do the implant on July 1, and a vascular surgeon on July 8 (swelling in feed and legs).  I  just hope the so-called "elective" procedures don't get shut down again, not just for myself but the chemo that a lot of folks are undergoing -- delaying that just wouldn't be fair to those folks. 

God bless all you folks!  I love all of you!

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UPDATE:

The e-stim implant surgery is scheduled for 8-10-20.  Of course, wouldn't you know, other problems are popping up all over ME!  I've got circulation problems in my legs, particularly the left.  I had to purchase new compression stockings, and that's a killer at $72 a pair (I only bought one pair right now!).

So, I've seen, in the past, well less than a month:  (1) the Pain Specialist; (2) Neurosurgeon who will do the implant; (3) Vascular Surgeon (running some tests (specialized ultrasound exams), including echo cardiogram so I'm to see another doctor (cardiologist) for that, then back to the Plain Specialist on the 14th.  I'm beginning to think I need a legal diary to keep up with all these appointments! lol!

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Glad to hear you got your surgery scheduled! Hope everything goes smoothly between now and then! 
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Folks, what I was afraid might happen has!  Due to a substantial increase in the number of cases of Covid-19, my surgery scheduled for August 10 has been cancelled.  This is not any kind of edict from governmental officials -- it's just the hospital's decision.  Primarily, the Covid-19 cases are increasing in the prisons located in this county.  So, once again, the surgery has been cancelled.  This damnable virus is going to drive me nuts, not because I have it (I don't), but because too many other folks in this county do have it!  At least I was notified before I was required to stop my arthritis medication and a supplement.  Being off of those meds for a week and THEN having the surgery cancelled would make me very frustrated.  It is what it is!  But I'm not happy about it.
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SO sorry to hear that!  I hope you can get rescheduled ASAP!!!
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Due to a substantial increase in the number of cases of Covid-19, my surgery scheduled for August 10 has been cancelled.


You are not alone, Jeanette. Even here in little Norway, with hardly any Covid-19 patients hospitalized at all, a very high number of operations have been postponed or cancelled. It is, unfortunately, the same all over the world. The great scare is large numbers of infected health personell, tnen everything stops. I hope the situation will improve for you.

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Have a good new yr with your birthday. Glad you can look towards an end
to the pain. I had heard of this surgery being very successful.
Get those Fl people to wear masks so you can get numbers down and get
your surgery and we could come south.

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Oh, Jeanette! Not fair. Hang in there.
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Jeanette, that's a bummer. Stay safe, keep the faith, this too will come to an end.
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I'm so sorry this happened Jeanette. Hopefully things can start moving forward again very soon.

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Folks, I am sorry for my "downer" news.  I will, through God's grace, get through this -- it could be worse.  I'm more concerned for my oldest sister -- she was diagnosed with breast cancer a couple of weeks ago, and her surgery is scheduled in Tulsa next Tuesday.  I pray she's able to get her surgery done.  Delay for her could easily be fatal, so right now I'm more concerned about her than myself.  Thank you all for caring, for the birthday wishes, too.  I'd like to be more active here, but right now, I'm just not able.  Just know I do care about you folks!  God bless!
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Okay, folks, here we go again!  I just got a call from my neurosurgeon's office -- my surgery is back on the schedule for Monday morning.  So begins a period of time between now and surgery known as "Hell Week" because it is.  Beginning immediately, I cannot take my arthritis medication or my fish oil supple-ment.  And believe me, by the time Monday morning rolls around, I'll be begging them to knock me out!  lol!

Seriously, it's kind of short notice, but if I don't do it now, it might be 6 months before it could be scheduled again.  So, I'm on the surgery schedule!  Please, God, don't let them cancel this again!

Thanks to all of you for your good thoughts and wishes.

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Prayers for your successful surgery!!!  And pain relief!!!

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Peace, Jeannette. This time's the charm!
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Oh, relief is in sight.  Best wishes for smooth sailing!
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I'm praying for no more delays and I sincerely hope this surgery works for you.

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I know you're not able to see or comment on this today (your Monday surgery day), but I've been thinking positive thoughts for you several times today.  Please get well and join us when you can!
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Surgery done yesterday.  I'm still in a lot of pain from the surgery -- I have two incisions on my back and one wrong move sends all kinds of shooting he__ fire down the back.  I know that this will heal and the surgery pain will cease, please God!  Thank you all for caring!
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Jeanette, thank you for the update. Here's hoping for a "quicker than you'd expected" huge decrease in your pain levels.
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Good to hear it did take place!  Now there really is light at the end of the tunnel!  Take care, listen to Dr.'s advice, and let that body heal!
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Good luck with the recovery!  Listen to the doctors!  You'll start feeling you can do things, but if they say you shouldn't...   don't.  It'll take time to heal.
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