My doctor is advising steroid injections for my lower back pain and sciatica due to several herniated disks and some stenosis. I was having lots of pain, but have noticed that it goes away after taking my pain medication I'm taking after total knee replacement (hydrocodone with Tylenol). I'm wondering if it would be wise to try and manage the pain with meds and more back exercises. I'm doing the cat and camel stretch and when I have to bend over, I use the "waiter's bow" to protect my back. Lately, I've been able to get down on the floor (since my knee is better), and I can put my legs up on a chair to relieve the pressure on my low back. I'm waiting on my doc's reply about this too, but I thought someone might have an opinion about the steroid injections. I don't want to risk possible side effects if I don't have to.View Thread
Thanks for the reply, Joy. I did see a Neurosurgeon spine specialist who must have mixed up my results with someone else. I came back to my primary care physician, telling her that the specialist said I had no spine problems. She had read my report already of the MRI, and read the results to me -- T11-T12, L3-L4, L4-L5 & L5-S1 had disk dessication, disk space narrowing, disk tear and spurring. She sent me for therapy, but since I'd had a TKR, and am due for another total knee replacement of the other knee (throwing off my back), the therapist advised me that exercises she could give me at this time would do more harm than good, and to just see pain management. So that's where I'm at now -- with the prospects of steroid injections. I have to manage my time so that I can do my work, then spend any free time doing the exercises that I know will keep extreme pain at bay. For instance, instead of cooking, traveling, going to a movie or out to eat, I have to use that time to do the things that are absolutely necessary, because I can't do it all -- it's too painful. So, I guess the injections are the best bet. I just need to know that they're safe.View Thread
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