It's great that you are getting good results from these treatments -
the radio frequency treatments have worked on quite a few members (believe most are past members) - some have had great results where this has lasted 6mts to over a year
I had this done 2 times and did not benefit from it - at the time - it was not known how much nerve damage I had - my disc had ruptured and splintered - part of the disc bone was pressing on the S1 nerve root on the left side - and a small part was pressing on the S1 nerve root on the right side - so I had a lot of nerve damage
One thing the doctor should have discussed with you is that it is possible for the nerves to grow back where further treatments may need to be done -
pelase keep us posted as to how you are doing - take care - JoyView Thread
there are a lot of members, past and present, that either are using the TENS Unit or have tried it -
I, for one, have tried it several times - each time it makes the pains in my back worse - I have even tried the "Trial" Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant - this made the nerve issues in my leg go away but it intensified the pain in my lower back - so I was told I was ATYPICAL meaning what works on most people do not work on me.
When purchasing TENS Units, going directly to a medical supply store, you can get them at a reasonable price. However, if you go through a dealer, which your Spine Specialist and/or Pain Management Clinics prefer you go thru dealers, there is a mark up price so those involved will get their share of commissions.
It's good to check around - as there are stores that do carry them - either new or used -
thanks for sharing the information - some of our new members may not be at this stage of treatment -
I have been on gabapentin for 3 years now and it has made a big difference - as much as day/night -
If I miss a dose I can really tell as my pains will start up and will take a good day to get back on track -
usually pain management clinics will try all other treatment options first before requesting an EMG Nerve Conduction Test to determine if there is nerve damage - I had gone to 5 different pain clinics before going to one I'm at now and on my first day they did this test and determined I had nerve damage not only in my left leg but also my right one -
I had the radiofrequency nerve ablation done 2 times - each time the treatment only lasted as long as the numbing agent lasted (about 45 minutes) then the pains came back worse than before - but we have had numerous members that have had this done and have had great results where it has lasted more than 3 months -
I hope this works for you - keep us posted - take care - JoyView Thread
what you should know about sciatic nerve pain is that it never 'goes' away by itself or 'heals' itself - there is a reason that you have sciatic nerve problems - those mainly are that something is causing the nerve to be pinched - either from joints being out of wack or you may have a disc(s) that has bulged and is pressing on the nerve root -
before taking any supplements for sciatic nerve problems it's best that you be fully examined by either an Orthopedic Spine Specialist or a Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist - this does not mean you need surgery but they are the best at reading results of MRI/CT Scans -
it's important that you understand what is causing the nerve pains and that possibly one of the adjustments you received may have pushed that nerve root around where you don't feel the nerve pain, right now - but it could come back. so it's important that you be fully examined and diagnosed before taking any type of supplements -
heat and ice packs my help - taking a hot bath - when sleeping on your side sleep with pillows between your knees and kinda curl up in fetal position - if on your back sleep with pillows under your knees -
not sure what meds you are on - but Lyrica or Neurontin will help with some of the pains - pain pills do nothing for the pains - going to physical therapy under the advise of either your spine specialist or pain management physician, will help and they will be able to give you home exercises to do - remember we are all different so that may help one may not help another -
hope this helps - keep us posted - take care - JoyView Thread
hi gidget - you say your primary care doc sent you to an orthopedic doc -
Well, is the orthopedic doc a spine specialist??? There is a BIG difference.
I think I would gather all the reports/printouts and go see either an Orthopedic Spine Specialist or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist - this does not mean you need surgery - but they are the BEST at reading the MRI/CT Scan results.
SOMETIMES MRI's and CT Scans may not pick up any nerve issues - when that occurs the doc's may order a Myelogram test to be done - they inject the dye directly into the spinal cord then they move the table into different positions so that they can get all angles to get a better picture - once this is done they take you in to have a CT Scan done -
Please be sure you are seeing the right spine specialist - as stated before there is a BIG difference between an Orthopedic Doctor and an Orthopedic SPINE SPECIALIST -