Maybe I should ask for a different kind of test? Or just do a bit more complaining. I try not to make too much of a fuss. I tell them how it feels but don't get "bitchy" about it. Maybe it's time I not only tell them how I feel but show them too. And thank you very much. I am crossing my fingers tht the injections work this time.View Thread
Trust me, I am not in the mood to play fill my back with injections games with these people. I did have a set of facet block injections, that did not work which led to my having a rhyzotomy, which I guess worked for a little while.
I have taken that gabaprentin (spelling) which is a nerve pain medicine, but that is the medicine I was taking that messed me up real bad. I was slurring my words and walking funny, and I fell asleep a lot, even while driving. I am on a few antidepressants and an NSAID plus the Norco 7.5/325. I was taking a different NSAID and Tylenol #3, which worked fine for over a year, then slowly stopped. My Rhuematologist (not sure if I spelled that right) changed my medicines a couple of times and then quit changing them. He acted frustrated and said he was just sending me to the Pain Center, for injections. (I think I should be the one getting frustrated)
My family Dr sent me for another MRI and gave me a Rx for Tramadol .(also not working) I got a copy of the written report sent to me and compared it to the first one. There are several differences. But it is still quite confusing. I do see thing in there like; "facet hypertrophy", "subtle effacement of dorsolateral thecal sac", "lordotic curvature with maintenance of the vertebral body heights", "disc desiccation and and narrowing are present at the levels of L4-L5", "thickening of the ligamentum flavum causes narrowing of the lateral recesses bilaterally", "small synovial cyst along right facet joint", "large hemangioma within the L4 vertebral body, a smaller second hemangioma on the left side of the L4 vertebral body.
All that kind of stuff I don't understand. Some of the other stuff like the spondylolisthesis (spelling again), osteoarthritis, and herniated disc I do understand. I also do see where my Dr keeps telling me it shouldn't hurt this bad, when it does.
Maybe I'm just a wimp. But I do not like to be in pain. Just over a year ago i was fine..... I went to work, shopping, drives, walks and I played with my grandkids...I can no longer do any of that without serious pain. (sometimes with tears)
I will for sure be looking else where for help if this pain center does nothing more than push their injections.
Sorry for rambling. I just woke up and sometimes do that at this time of day.View Thread
The same things are going on with my back. I think on the written MRI report it mentions 6 things. When the Dr I see for the osteoarthritis in my spine and knees looks at the report, he just says the arthritis doesn't look bad enough to cause me such pain. But he never mentions the herniated/dehydrated disc, the spurs, spondylolisthesis, cyst, large hemangioma, lordosis, and there are a couple more that I forget. I understand the arthritis alone may not be causing such pain, but isn't it possible that all of it together is? Both of my brothers have arthritis and spondylolisthesis, and both have Dr.s that give them Morphine! My Dr. isn't willing to give me anything more than Norco 7.5/325. (which I have told him does not work) I use a can, don't go many places, and spend a lot of time in a hot tub of water and on my heating pad. The heat does help, but as soon as I am away from it, the moderate to severe pain comes back. I was told by many people to find a different Dr. Maybe you should do the same. Good luck. I really hope you find some way to get relief soon.View Thread
Thank you. After the time I fell asleep while driving my family is very good about watching for the signs of a problem. I just got the results of the MRI that I just had done and I (to the best of my ability) can't see anything that should cause this much pain. I don't see the pain center Dr again until the 20th, so wont know for sure what it says until then. Going to be hard to wait. Also on the 20th I am having the first set of 2 sets of those facet blocks. Then the 3rd set of shots will be the epidural steroid injections. I know the first 2 sets wont work as I've had those before. So, I have my fingers crossed about the epidural shots.View Thread
I had my first appointment with the pain center. I guess it went well. They want to "start with injections" and then go from there. Two sets of the injections they're going to do, I've once and it didn't wok. The other set I haven't had yet and I'm hoping that set of injections work. I had a new MRI done to compare to the one that was done over a year ago. The Dr hasn't talked to me about it yet, but from I am getting from the written report, I don't think it should be hurting this bad. I'm starting to thing I'm just a cry-baby or something. The report says something about a " exaggerated lordotic curvature", and stuff about a hemangioma, large fatty filum, a cyst, an effacement of the thecal sac, and a few other things. But it does say that there are no pinched nerves. So I'm trying to figure out, if there are no pinched nerves, why would the pain be going down my legs? Can not wait for my next appointment with the pain center so they can tell what the heck all of this means.View Thread
I'm too terrified of that gabapentin to even take it just at night. I was shocked later (after the car accident) to find out that I had been walking funny and slurring my words, and my family did nothing except, continue to let me drive. Again this week the Dr has tried to change the meds. No use. It's not helping. I did go to my PCP and got a cane and a temp. handicap parking permit (placard). She also gave me something to try to help with the pain. She has ordered another MRI as well. (the last one was over a year ago) she wants to see if there have been any changes since the last one. The other Dr.'s didn't do that. Thank you and you take care too.View Thread
I would like nothing more than to not have to take any pills at all. I wish they could look at an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan and say "Oh there's the problem!". Go in, fix it, and I can go back to being my normal self. That is my true wish. But being this way for over 15 months now, I'm not seeing much hope in that. :- ( Thank you for your advice. I will keep it all in mind. I watch my 5 month old granddaughter, so I do not want to take anything that will mess me up. I know it was a nerve pain medicine (Gabiprentin) (don't know if I spelled that right) that caused me to fall asleep all the time, including one time while I was driving to work, and I went off the road. Was not hurt bad, mostly shaken up. But am now terrified of those types of medicines.View Thread
My Dr and I had a good combination of medicines that worked for over a year and a half. And then slowly they stopped working so well. Then my Dr. tried I think 2, maybe 3 other things and gave up. He is sending me to a pain center now. He says there is nothing he can do for my pain. That kind of stuff really makes you feel like crap. That's all you want to hear from your Dr. "I can't help you, go somewhere else." I am still doing the exercising thing. It hurts a lot but I'm doing it. They all say it will help with the pain in the long run. Both of my brothers have the one thing wrong with their backs too.....Spondylolisthesis. I guess it can run in families. Both of their Dr.'s have them on Morphine. And one is also on a very low dose of Methadone. My Dr. doesn't want to increase my Norco from the 7.5mg.'s to the 10mg's. I just don't get it. My brothers don't have arthritis and herniated disc's on top of it like I do either. I must (clearly) have the wrong Dr. I did try that acupuncture thing for awhile, but I stopped, because I felt guilty, spending that much of my husbands money on that. If our insurance would cover it, I'd go, no problem. Or if I could work and pay for it myself. I tried ciropractic too. I have a few relaxation CD's in my room that I use now and then. And I use a lot of HOT baths and a heating pad on my bed. I think, my next thing to try is going to be Yoga. I am looking forward to the 5th to see what the Pain Center will do. If it is anything like my Dr or totally different.View Thread
I'm a CNA and have 3 things wrong with my back, spondylolisthesis, osteoarthritis and a herniated disc. These are all in the L4-S1 area. I had 1 back surgery that was going to be to put in hardware to fix the spondylolisthesis, but the Dr decided that the slip wasn't great enough for that so he was just going to do a discectomy. When he got inside, he decided not to take out the disc, because it looked to be in "good" shape, just herniated. So he carved the bone in my spine to give the nerve room to move away from the disc so it wasn't being pinched anymore. From the time of the serious pain to the heeling of the surgery, I had been out of work for 4 months. I finally go back to work, and am having pain again/still but different from the nerve pain. So the other Dr gives me these medicines. I start talking funny and walking funny. ( I didn't notice, but my family did but didn't do anything) One day on my way to work (5:30 a.m.) I fall asleep and run off the road, and go up over the curb. If that hadn't woke me up, I'd have hit the power line pole. Don't know how, but got back on the road and to work. When I got there, the nurse says I sound like I'm having a stroke and need to go to E.R. She didn't call ambulance tho. I call my husband. To shorten the story. I had to quit my job, because I could't ask for another medical leave while the Dr.s worked out the medicine issues. That was in June, this is October. I still have the pain and the medicine they gave me isn't working. The one Dr finally is sending me to a pain center. I pray they can help. I hope some how something helps you too. I know living with pain is miserable. If I hear of anything thing that may work for you I will come let you know. Good luck. And I'm sorry for my rambling. I tend to do that at times.View Thread
I know the Dr that did my "surgery" said he did not take out the slipped/herniated disc, because it looked to be in pretty good shape, just out of place. So he carved the bone instead so the nerve wasn't being pinched any more. At first I thought cool that's fine, the pain is gone. But now, I think, if the disc keeps slipping, it's just going to keep hitting that nerve and causing pain again. With the other things that are causing pain, I don't want the nerve pain too. That one was horrible. Like an electrical shock shooting down my leg almost constantly. Now it comes and goes once in a great while. I will go to the hospital and ask for my records. I think it's a good idea to have them anyway, with all that's going on with the Dr.'s I've seen, not being able to do anything, to fix this.View Thread