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Constant excruciating pain ... my life for the past eight months

Dianna, Calgary, AB

April 9th, 2014


Constant excruciating pain radiating into my hips, lower legs and feet has been my life for the past eight months. I have used conservative treatments including physiotherapy, acupuncture, chiropractic and neuromuscular massage therapy. I have received 4 spinal cortisone injections and 10 spinal decompression treatments (intermittent traction) with no relief from pain. I am on a cocktail of pain medications which include morphine every 3 hours of everyday.

MRIs and a CT scan reveal anteriolisthesis of L5 onto the sacrum causing bilateral impingement of nerves. I have been assessed and triaged at the spinal clinic in Calgary as an urgent case. My referral to see a spinal surgeon will be 16-24 months. Damage to the sciatic nerves is ongoing.

My pain progresses, while mobility is decreasing monthly. This impacts my ability to walk and control my bladder. I must work full-time to support myself. This is becoming more and more difficult. I am hopeful that I will be able-bodied in 24 months, but this is not a realistic possibility for me.


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