Re: FINALLY HAVE A DIAGNOSIS! Crap....I have a diagnosis......
chris.a.wright at gmail.com
Thu Apr 13 22:34:00 EDT 2006
> Chris Wright wrote:
>> I am now off all painkillers, as I couldn't face the side effects
>> anymore. I'm due to have a double hip replacement in a few weeks but
>> part of the metalwork in my back has come loose, so they might fix
>> that at the same time.
>> (I had a 360 Fusion of L5-S1 done in the US in 2003 which failed and
>> was replaced last year in the UK. They fitted a device called an
>> X-STOP (which is like shock absorbers for the main metalwork).
>> Unfortunately, that part has snapped off the spine and is just
>> floating around.
> Ouch! How are you going to manage all of that surgery without pain meds? Do
> they even allow double hip replacements? Sounds like a bad idea to me, too
> much trauma to the body.
Trauma and my body go hand in hand.
I think its being replaced bit by bit.
And to think they told me sport was good for me.
I'm only 39 btw.
No doubt they'll hook me up to the morphine pump when I wake up, but hip
replacements these days are nothing. I am scheduled to go in on the
Monday, have the op. I'll be in the pool on Wednesday and home by
Friday. And they will be good to last for 15-25 years depending on good
I behave. (I intend to wear 4inch thick cotton wools clothes for the
rest of my life ;) )
I don't doubt that pain meds are ok. But you ask all the people you
know who are on painkillers and ask them how many take them to get 'the
buzz' from the medication. Its the 'buzz' that helps you get to sleep,
its the 'buzz' that tells you to say "what pain", but it never really
gets rid of the pain. It can't, it doesn't fix whatever is wrong, its
purely tries to mask the pain. Prolonged use of a narcotic painkiller
leads to the patient requiring stronger and stronger dosages to get that
'buzz'. If you don't get 'the buzz', they can't be working so you go
back to your doc and ask for stronger painkillers or a higher dose.
Prolonged use of painkillers causes more problems (both physiological
My body has had so much trauma, you wouldn't believe me if I told you.
Accident prone is my middle name. (Never accept the offer of a lift etc
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