You certainly have multiple problems, findingpeacewitpain. I used to have an intrthecal pumpwhich delivered an antispastic and an analgesic drug to my spinal cord; you might ask a pain management specialist about those. My experience with pumps was not wonderful, and my last one had to be removed because (I believe) the surgeon who installed it botched the job. Since then all my pain management has been done by means of oral meds such as Baclofen, Percocet, and now and then Skelaxin. I also have weekly physical therapy sessions.View Thread
I've had low and mid back pain for about 15 years. It started 6 years after a 1989 spinal cord injury that didn't hurt at all, even after it was corrected by surgery. But the same degenerative disk disease that caused the original injury is now calcifying my remaining disks, squeezing nerves and causing great pain all up and down, from waist to toes.
I thought that traction might help, and finally talked my dr. into ordering it after physical therapy. I tried it yesterday for 20 minutes before coming home, not feeling much different. But walking through the night, I felt a lot worse than I had 24 hours ago. Today has been just awful, and unless someone can convince me that traction really does help over time, I've had enough!
This is just a cautionary tale, to remind people to start new treatments heedfully, with plenty of analgesics around; and never do anything new on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or (if Holiday) Monday unless you're prepared to go to the ER!View Thread
I've had chronic back (and front) pain since about 1995, six years after my initial spinal cord injury, which at first gave me only limited mobility; no pain at all. Most of the pain is due to "degenerative disk disease," which caused the original injury when I was moving something heavy and a disk slipped and dented my spinal cord--too slowly at first even to be noticeable. By the time I got to my doctor, much damage had been done. But surgery and lots of physical therapy got me going again, walking with a cane for several years. Now, 15 years of pain have caused immobility, leading to muscle weakness, a vicious circle. In addition, the onset of seizure disorder (probably unrelated to pain, but who knows?) in the late 90's forced me to retire from my college teaching career 7 years early. I'm 67 now. Good luck to you young people out there, and don't wait--take my advice and keep after your doctors for cures, pain control, amelioration of symptoms, and any other help they can give you.View Thread