Can u describe more in detail what type of leg and foot cramps u are having?
I'm wondering if the problem is more of and underlying problem meaning u have something more going on with ur spine whereas a bulging disc could be pressing on the nerve root causing the pains.
I had problems of going from one pain clinic to another starting over with procedures . Pain clinic docs saw $$ and I didn't know any better not knowing what was going on with my spine.
I truly believe u need to get a second opinion from a spine specialist either Orthopedic or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist and having a MRI or CT Scan done possibly with and without dye injection as this will show more if what's going on.
Seeing a good pain specialist too would be beneficial A PHYSIATRIST Pain Specialist would be my preference as they go deeper into pain management by treating the underlying problems of pains and if previous treatments didn't work they won't try to repeat treatments unless they were not done properly or in the right area.
Hey Deb forgot to tell u all bout the increase in Fentanyl patches. Well seems I started having allergic reactions of severe nausea and migraines so I stopped the patches Monday morning and went back on morphine. Its ironic cause within a couple hours the migraines went away. Even taking ibuprofen didn't phase them. I was constantly eating small stuff every second trying to keep food in my stomach cause the nausea was so bad. So.......
I talked to the PA and told her all this. So back on morphine but she did call my pharmacist and taking the 100mg 2X daily is lots cheaper than the 60mg 4X daily . The 60mg was $267 and the 100mg was $141. So LOTS cheaper. So I was a very happy camper!! Thanks Deb~~View Thread
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Had my pain appt yesterday and when I asked bout filling in the referral form they said since they r a specialist they cannot refer a patient to see another specialist. What they mean is they really don't.do referrals. Especially since they don't have anything to do with the university.
The PA I saw asked if.I had picked out a surgeon to see. I told her that I did have one picked out but when I caaled to see if I could get appt with this one they said he had retired and the campus closer to me was named after him!!
This new PA said she did an intern there so she knew some of the surgeons so I brought my paper out with all the names I wrote down. She gave me the names of each one an Orthodox and Neuro. I was happy at this. She said referral needs to come from my primary doc. So I called my docs office and I have appt wed the 16th at 7:45. I am very happy bout that as he has been very concerned.
It's really hard to say if you will heal - normally tears do not heal and/or if they do take time (up to a year or longer). This really is a question for your surgeon or even a pain management specialist.
If I could give some advise it would be to get a couple of opinions - from either Orthopedic or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist. This way you will know exactly what you are up against. It would also benefit you too to have a CT Scan done. I do believe these show more details. Having it with and without dye would show more too.
I would also suggest seeing a good PHYSIATRIST Pain Specialist as they go deeper into pain management control based on client needs.
Under the guidelines of WEBMD we cannot diagnose anyone. WEBMD used to have several spine specialists that would frequent the boards to help with questions but they have not been on here for over a year now.
As it is with your spine issues I would stop completely from going to the chiropractor until you have been diagnosed by a spine specialist (Orthopedic or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist) as they (physical therapist and/or chiropractor) can do more harm than good not knowing if the treatments are the correct ones.
It would be in your best interest to make this appointment ASAP and get a current MRI or CT Scan done (they will request one) so that they can properly diagnose what is going on.
If this is hurting and gets worse it would be a good idea to go to the ER.
I would like to ask what all docs have you seen for this? where is your pains located?
If you have lower back pain I would also suggest seeing a spine specialist - just to make sure - either Orthopedic or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist. They will examine you and ask your history.
Reason I am saying this is that I too had a complete hysterectomy back in 1993 because of back pains - they thought it was my disc (L5) as it looked like it was bulging (herniated). I ended up doubling over in pain at work one day and went to my regular doc - he sent me to OBGYN specialist and had treatments for a year then a complete one done.
My lower back would always hurt and I would take tylnal or ibuprofen and the pains would subside but they were always aggravated by doing laundry, dishes cooking standing etc., I was always active (Martial Arts etc) and this helped as I was keeping my core muscles strengthened.
One day my back was really hurting, went to store after work and bent down to get a bag of sugar - my disc blew out.
So please do go see a spine specialist and have them examine you just to make sure.
WOW it does sound as though your docs nurse is doing what would normally happen - CYA (cover her A_ _)
I do hope that you can get through this all - it's better to see a pain specialist for chronic pains as they are more capable of helping.
My husband and I (actually he is doing this) are remodeling our house to get it up to date and more attractive and will be putting it on the market to which we will be purchasing an RV - he still has a few more years with the Union before he retires but then we will be traveling. I have told him of my fears as I will only be able to see my PHYSIATRIST Pain doc and get my scripts filled where we are. I do know that in most states there have been blocks put on the meds I take so I know it will be hard and I would either have to fly back or we drive back to where we reside for this.
Please keep us posted on your trips etc and how you are doing - take care~~View Thread
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first I would like to ask if there is a big University Hospital near you. If so, it would be beneficial for you to go there and get an opinion. Plus they have all the new techniques as they are also a teaching university.
second - fusions are no guarantee of eliminating or reducing pains. Fusions have a success rate of about 60% and are done to stabilize the spine. during recovery you will not be allowed to bend, reach for items or carry heavy objects. You are told to squat (no bending), use a tool to help reach items (putting all your stuff on counter top reach is ideal - cooking cleaning etc) and with each surgery I've had been told not to lift anything weighing more than a gallon of milk.
Fusion recovery periods are normally between 6 mts to a year so the surgeon can follow the healing of the fusion via x-rays (usually every 6-12 weeks) and once this is done and you are released you will be sent to a physical therapist and/or chiropractor to help strengthen core muscles in your back.
I don't want to scare you but fusions are not to be taken lightly as once they are done there is no going in and undoing it. They can remove some hardware but the disc(s) have been tampered with and in many cases there is a domino effect whereas other discs become unstable above and below fusion sites.
please, please do your research, ask your surgeon many questions and in some cases surgeons will have you speak with one of their patients that may have a high success rate of complete recovery - one maybe two patients out of how many fusions do they do annually?
You can click on my name or picture and read my story but keep in mind I do have Degenerative Disc Disease (hereditary on my mom's side) and plus I did damage my lower lumbar area when I was very young.
I've had 2 failed fusions - meaning the surgeries themselves were fine except they have caused an increase in pains.
please please do your research and if there is a university hospital go there. I am in the process of doing this (really wished I had done so beforehand).
Also seeing a good pain management specialist is vital too. I see a PHYSIATRIST Pain Specialist.
They do go deeper into pain management by treating the underlying problems of pain and will use numerous treatment options as to what the patients needs are. Normally they won't use treatments that don't work as some regular pain clinic docs will do (they see $$ signs instead).
I do hope and pray you can find the treatment option that will work for you.
As u can see from some of us old timers we were unfortunate ones who had to have fusions and have chronic pains thereof.
Its sad these r done and that we have to suffer from them. i.just wish there was another type of surgery that could have been done. Wishful thinking. Especially since I bacsmr disabled after my first fusion. My disc split pressing on both right and left nerve roots so not much they could do.