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Old 03-19-2005, 10:10 AM   #1
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Unhappy Help Besides Drugs for Pinched Nerve?

hi, my friend is sixty one years old and has tapped danced all her life. Suddenly she got a pinched nerve and sciatica and it is very painful. She is on percoset and lortabs and doesn't seem to be getting any better.
Can anyone tell me how long a pinched nerve lasts, can it be caused by all the dancing and how effective is chiropractic? She says the lortabs help some but the percosets really make the pain go away. Obviously , she can't live her life on percosets. Is surgery for a pinched nerve common and if so does it help or hurt? Thank you.
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Old 03-19-2005, 11:31 AM   #2
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Re: Help Besides Drugs for Pinched Nerve?

I've been suffering with mine for 7 weeks, and the Physical Therapist told me that it's not unusual to suffer for up to nine months before you get back to normal.

I am in so much pain, and am so tired of living on vicodin, that I will probably have the microdiscectomy soon. My neurosurgeon said 97% of patients receive considerable sciatic relief from that surgery.

 
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Old 03-19-2005, 12:15 PM   #3
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Re: Help Besides Drugs for Pinched Nerve?

Thank you so much. What does the surgery involve? I hope it works for you.
What do you think caused yours?
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Old 03-19-2005, 01:53 PM   #4
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Re: Help Besides Drugs for Pinched Nerve?

Hi, I have heard up to even 3 yrs for a nerve to heal, mine went on for so long I now have permanant damage.

Stageevie, I don't want to be discouraging but 97% sounds high to me, I'd do more research and then find out how many your dr has done to have such a high % rate.

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Old 03-19-2005, 02:20 PM   #5
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Re: Help Besides Drugs for Pinched Nerve?

I've been reading about it and wondering what percentage of people who have this just happen to have had extreme daily stress in their lives. It built up and then they found they had a pinched nerve?
My friend who has one and sciatica has been dealing with her partner's addiction for a couple of years. I wonder if that caused it. She has been very stressed out, upset, crying, depressed for quite awhile but nothing has made him want to change. I know that stress makes you tighten your muscles; you hold your back and neck differently than you would if you were calm and happy. And those newly-positioned/held muscles can pinch a nerve. Then you hold your muscles differently to try and relieve the pain and it perpetuates itself.
I know with myself I TELL MYSELF "relax your shoulders." They are never totally relaxed and I don't want to get a stiff neck.
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Old 03-19-2005, 05:36 PM   #6
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lol yeah my surgen assured me a 100% recovery,i now have worse leg pain after the surgery but my back pain was reduced,they tell us this crap while getting us to sign papers for surgery and after when it dont go well it the patients falt,simple fact is 40% of back surgery has a poor out come and 75% r left with some pain although there is improvement.the mesure of sucess is some what biased in a surgens opinion since this is thier bread and butter.yeah i had a pinched nerve and i still have siatic pain i walk in constant pain i dont think there is much help although many ppl try all they can includeing second and third surgery spinal injury and nerve damage is hard to over come and many ppl make it worse with more surgery,the way i hurt sometimes i think ampution would be nice but i am sure i will not let them cut me again until i must to continue to walking,the thing i have found is that after my injury if IF they had done surgery instead of letting me go with a compresed nerve while they tryed there conservetive treatments i would not have as much nerve damage,now more surgery will not help,im in constant pain and until my spine is more unstable they wil not cut me again,they said maybe surgery to remove scar tissue thats the dumbest thing i ever heard the more u cut the more scar u have.god bless us all,tracer

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Old 03-19-2005, 06:20 PM   #7
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Re: Help Besides Drugs for Pinched Nerve?

Hi SusanGene....

I have permenant nerve damage from a pinched nerve, (compressed nerve) at L5-S1... Had a Discectomy/Laminectomy for a herniated disc of 9mm that was pressing on the nerve.... back in June 04.... had horrible sciatic pain.... lower back, hips, buttocks, leg, foot, and toe pain.... my surgeon told me he saw me getting 100% fix.... well for the first two weeks after surgery I had no pain at all... then my pain started to come back.... and now I have pain worse then I had.. and it is now starting in both legs.. was originally right leg only.... the damage is due to the nerve being compressed for so long, and also during surgery he said he had to cut away tissue that had already started to grow on the nerve to protect it where it was being compressed, and when he cut away the scar tissue that is probably what caused the damage to the nerve.....and he said it is quite possible that the scar tissue has formed there again, but he will not go in and cut me open to remove scar tissue because it will just come back, and each time you remove it , it comes back worse...

You say your friend is suffering from sciatica from a pinched nerve... has your friend been to a doctor for testing to find out for sure what is causing the pain?? This would help to pin point what could be causing the pain... herniated disc..compressing a nerve... etc...... would be a good idea for your friend to see a doctor and have this checked out.... usually by having a MRI... Hope this was helpful....

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HI, AND THANKS. She was told by a specialist she has a compressed or pinched nerve===same thing. The pain is her back and down into the leg which I guess makes it sciatica. With her personal life falling apart and her number one love in life (tap dancing)at risk I feel some major depression coming up soon. She doesn't know what you all have been telling me: that this will last for months. She's only had it for 2 weeks and it is pretty good with percoset. The lortabs dont' do all that much for her. I have another friend age 83! She has spinal stenosis and takes darvocet. She also swims in an indoor pool several times per week and goes to the very best doctors. So she seems to have her pain under reasonable control. This older friend also has fibro and arthritis so she has really been put through a lot.
Or is living with pain. She is getting shots in her knees!! Both of them are obviously overweight.
Is Davocet the best drug for sciatica? If I don't answer I've gone to bed, thank you.
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Old 03-19-2005, 07:07 PM   #9
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[I]What does the surgery involve? I hope it works for you.
What do you think caused yours?[/I]

I suffered a back injury 8 years ago. A couple of weeks before I had given birth to my daughter by cesarean, and while taking a photograph on a table (I was photographing a musical at a theatre), the table flipped out from under me and I badly damaged my back. I have only suffered backpain until seven weeks ago when I first experienced sciatic involvement -- it's debilitating.

My neurosurgeon said he would make about a one inch incision and go in and remove the disc material that is pressing on the nerve root. It would be an outpatient surgery. He said 97% of patients get some sciatic pain relief from the surgery, and 75% of people are doing well at 2 years postop.

 
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[I]Stageevie, I don't want to be discouraging but 97% sounds high to me, I'd do more research and then find out how many your dr has done to have such a high % rate.[/I]

Linda,

Thank you for the concern. My neurosurgeon just said 97% experience relief, not are cured. He has been doing discectomies for over 10 years.

Evie

 
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[QUOTE=Stageevie][I]Stageevie, I don't want to be discouraging but 97% sounds high to me, I'd do more research and then find out how many your dr has done to have such a high % rate.[/I]

Linda,

Thank you for the concern. My neurosurgeon just said 97% experience relief, not are cured. He has been doing discectomies for over 10 years.

Evie[/QUOTE]


he is not being honest with u!,how long has ur nerve been compresed???no one can say for sure u will have 97%recovery.read the many post of ppl here and judge for yoursself,to be honest probaly 50% of the ppl i have heard of have worse pain and 50% have a marked improvement,i myself have had some improvement but it was far less than i hoped for so pls dont fool urself and expect to much,but i hope u the best,i had a hard time after my surgery i could not understand y i was not cured and still in pain,its best to be imformed,i consider myself one who expected to much and was ill imformed.

 
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Re: Help Besides Drugs for Pinched Nerve?

My nerve has been compressed for seven weeks. Does the length of time of the compression make a difference?

How long was your nerve compressed? What surgery did you have, and when?

I am so new to this. Thanks.

 
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[QUOTE=Stageevie]My nerve has been compressed for seven weeks. Does the length of time of the compression make a difference?

How long was your nerve compressed? What surgery did you have, and when?

I am so new to this. Thanks.[/QUOTE]

The longer the nerve is compressed the greater chance you stand of having further damage to the nerve, and possible permenant damage, My nerve was compressed from approx. December of 2003 until my surgery in June 2004....I had a Discectomy/Laminectomy - where they go in and cut away the lamina bone, and cut away the part of the disc that is pressing on the nerve...my surgeon also cut away scar tissue that was was growing on the nerve to protect it where it was being compressed...He had assured me of a 99-100% full recovery....I now have more pain then I did before the surgery...and My doctor has told me that "IF" my nerve was going to heal, it could take atleast 3-5 years.....

My Neurosurgeon put it to me this way when he told me I needed surgery.... he said... "You can opt not to have surgery.. and the pain will eventually go away.. because the nerve will completely die... and then you will probably loose all the feeling in your leg and the ability to use it..." So Yes! the length of time of the compression does make a difference...And everyday it is compressed is another day further damage is being done...

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Re: Help Besides Drugs for Pinched Nerve?

[QUOTE=Stageevie]My nerve has been compressed for seven weeks. Does the length of time of the compression make a difference?

How long was your nerve compressed? What surgery did you have, and when?

I am so new to this. Thanks.[/QUOTE]


Evie,

My ortho spine specialist has quoted to me that if we took care of the compression on the nerve within the first six months we would have nearly a 100 percent chance for recovery of the feeling, and that it drops to about 75 percent at 9 months and about 50 percent at one year. I didn't know that when I was dealing with my first doc and surgeries and I went way too long and now will always have numbness in the toes of my left foot. Of course, the intensity of the compression and other factors get into the amount of damage and permancy but at least that is a guideline you can speak with your doctor and see if they agree. Hope that helps.

 
Old 03-20-2005, 06:38 AM   #15
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Thank you so much for the guidelines. I certainly want to avoid permanent nerve damage.

My neurosurgeon's office is scheduling the surgery, but the physical therapist would like me to try McKensie (sp?) exercises first. Is anyone familiar with those? I should probably just start a new thread about it. Anyway, the PT wants me to give these exercises a try for three week before scheduling surgery. He is trying to get my neuro to sign off on it. I just know the PT taught me just one exercise that I have practiced faithfully for the last 5 days, and I've gotten worse

One thing though, the PT thought I shouldn't be taking Vicodin. He said that the need for pain meds is a emotional reaction to the pain. Of course he also jokingly(?) said that I was a "blonde drama queen" (because I'm blond and my profession is in the theatre). I thought that was a little strange. I was being very professional with him, and certainly not emotional.

I have so much respect for all of you who have had to deal with this for so many years. I have gotten so much information from reading your posts.

Evie

 
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