Posted by Diane
on April 21, 2000 at 23:14:11:
My 82 year old mother has suffered for 30 years with rheumatoid arthritis - you name a part of her body and she has it there. She has taken every kind of drug that has come out.
However, what has really scared us lately and made her suffer is arthritis in her back that is so bad it has affected her hip (pinched a nerve) and she cannot walk. The pain is simply excruciating.
For this, they have given high doses of vicodin, oxycontin and pain patches - none of which have alleviated the pain at all. The doctors are now talking about an epidural block. Has anyone had any experience with this? Will it help with the pain at all? Will it make her numb and unable to walk?
Any thoughts, comments or ideas will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for any help.