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Old 10-01-2006, 07:33 AM   #1
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Hi everyone!
I am new to the message board an over welmed at how many people that are suffering with their backs.
I thought i was bad till i read some of your messages.
I suffered a herniated disc at L4 over a year ago an chronic sciatic pain down my left leg.
Stopped work for 9 months with 4 months of physio where my fab therapist relieved my sciatica with accupunture leaving me with chronic back pain.
I got so depressed sitting around as i have always been such an active person an have worked out doors with horses all my life.
Got a job working from home which helped an even though it hurts i have gone back to do light duties with the horses which has helped my mental state completely.
I have alot of trouble with cramp in my calves an feet an a tingling feeling in my arms an legs occasionally.Also have neck an shoulder pain.
I am going to have my Facet Joints injected ( 3 in the left side an 2 up the right) in the lower back in a weeks time an was wandering if anyone has had them?
Did they work for you?
I know they are not long term an may not work but even a week pain free would be like heaven!

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Old 10-01-2006, 07:59 AM   #2
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Hello Everyone,
I am new to this message board and I am so grateful to have found it. I've been diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease 5 mos. ago. Have had a series of steroid injections in lower back - has not helped. Been in physical therapy about 4 mos - exercises in a heated pool. The pain is overwhelming at time - I cry alot when at its worst. I feel hopeless and helpless - and so depressed. Cannot do anything I used to to - not even housework. So I feel useless and captive to the pain. No one seems to understand unless they have experienced it. Am on Lortab 10s 4 times a day - does not really help. Am on antidepressants - Lexapro, Cymbalta, and Clonopin. Nothing helps. Thanks for letting me vent. If anyone has any suggestions, I would be so grateful. My name is Analise and I'm 59.

 
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Old 10-01-2006, 08:49 AM   #3
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Hi Analise

I know exactly how you feel!
Many atime when my back has gone into spasm it has made me cry so you are not alone.I get spasms in my neck too which is chronic.
I was on anti-depressants too an all the pain killers i have been given just make me tired which really didnt help as i wanted something to ease the pain while i was awake.
I have been in constant pain for over a year an havent got high hopes of my injections which i am having done in a weeks time working.
For 9 months i couldnt sleep in bed but even though i do now it is painful!
My long suffering husband an son have been stars!

I hope you get some relief soon!

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Old 10-01-2006, 04:47 PM   #4
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Hello, and welcome to you both! Just a word of caution, Analise....you probably should start a post of your own as yours may get overlooked as others answer the post from sherry.
Sherry, have you seen either an orthopedic spine specialist or a neurosurgeon? It's wise to try non-invasive procedures such as exercise and injections and so forth. You didn't say where the disk is ruptured (at what level) but many times nothing much will help with that problem other than surgery. You would be a candidate for artificial disc replacement which is so much better than regular fusion; do some research and see what all your options are. I can't suggest anything for you to do at this point other than seeing a couple of different specialists and get their opinions.

Good luck.....and Sherry, please keep posting!

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Old 10-01-2006, 05:43 PM   #5
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[QUOTE=Analise]Hello Everyone,
I am new to this message board and I am so grateful to have found it. I've been diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease 5 mos. ago. Have had a series of steroid injections in lower back - has not helped. Been in physical therapy about 4 mos - exercises in a heated pool. The pain is overwhelming at time - I cry alot when at its worst. I feel hopeless and helpless - and so depressed. Cannot do anything I used to to - not even housework. So I feel useless and captive to the pain. No one seems to understand unless they have experienced it. Am on Lortab 10s 4 times a day - does not really help. Am on antidepressants - Lexapro, Cymbalta, and Clonopin. Nothing helps. Thanks for letting me vent. If anyone has any suggestions, I would be so grateful. My name is Analise and I'm 59.[/QUOTE]

hi Analise - I have also been diagnosed with Degenerative Disc disease, plus spinal stenosis. I would like to know why you visited the orthopedist in the first place? The reason I asked is that I injured my leg (I thought) when I was trying to prune a tree. It turned out to be sciatica, with pain traveling down my right leg from my hip. I tried to cure it myself but just made it worse by walking the wrong way; I ended up having the sciatica transfer to the left leg! However, my doctor didn't think the pruning caused my pain and had an MRI done, which confirmed what he thought: that I had DDD plus spinal stenosis. I had 3 sets of transforamenal steroid injections; the last one worked, and for two years I have been pain-free. I realize that the pain could come back and no doubt will as my age increases. Do you think that perhaps you injured your back somehow? "They" do say that it can take up to 2 years for back injuries to heal. I had PT, which didn't help at all. The main thing that has helped is time! So, don't give up! Perhaps you should try having a transforamenal injection. If they inject the correct spot, it will stop the inflammation and allow your back to heal - hopefully, for at least a year. Good luck!

 
Old 10-02-2006, 07:15 AM   #6
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Hi Carol
Thanks for the advice.
Since i have had my back problem researching every option seems to be the only thing i do!!
Due to the pain i have not been able to excercise. Can only walk short distances an go to the pool but advised not to swim just to excercise my legs an arms gently with the water taking my weight.
Am having facet joint injections next week but have heard they are only a investigative treatment which will not necessarily cure the problem.
I am not thinking too positive that they will work so i wont be too disappointed if they dont!

Sherry1

 
Old 10-03-2006, 05:54 AM   #7
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Hi Sherry - you should give the facet joint injections a try. Have you lost any reflex or strength? If not, time is on your side and the injections may help. Fusion surgery is irreversible. You don't want to go there if you don't have to. Good luck and keep us up to date. Ice is your friend!

As much as you can - keep getting out around the horses if you enjoy it - even if you can't work them. It's a great stress reliever just being with them, isn't it?

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Old 10-03-2006, 07:58 AM   #8
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Thx mkf.
No i havent lost any reflex action or strength. I do suffer with pins an needles in my feet an tingling down my leg. Also a lot of cramp in my toes an feet.
You mentioned ice but i have been told to use warm packs on my neck and back.
Sometimes it is so painful it makes me feel real sick!

Sorry to go on! Having a bad day!

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Old 10-03-2006, 10:39 AM   #9
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Heat feels good - but ice is good for inflammation. You could alternate maybe.

 
Old 10-03-2006, 12:11 PM   #10
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Thanx mkf

Will give the hot an cold packs a shot!
An yes u r right.
Being round the horses is a great stress buster.
With working with them all my life i was devastated to realize that i might not be able to work with them full time again.
I miss riding alot too!

 
Old 10-03-2006, 12:31 PM   #11
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My surgeon told me I'd be riding within a year - hope that helps lift your spirits a little!

 
Old 10-04-2006, 05:49 AM   #12
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Hi Sherry, and welcome! I am 3 weeks out from a microdisectomy on L4. I, too, am a horsewoman. I blew out my L5 disk 8 years ago. That thing took over 2 years to heal, and I'm still numb on my right leg and foot. So, when I blew out L4 last July, I knew I didn't want to wait years to be able to ride again, and I opted for surgery. I was in so much pain, I couldn't even walk to the counter to get any pills, let alone walk out to see my horses. That eventually got better, but I was on a heavy dose of drugs, had weakness, etc. Even though this blowout was huge, with a large fragment and other problems, my dr said I could be riding again in a few months. I can tell you that today, I am PAIN FREE with only a 10% chance of this surgery not working. The only issue I'm having is getting sick everytime I lower my pain med dose (another reason I opted for surgery - to get off the drugs). Have you seen a surgeon? There actually is a window where surgery works best, and many times. a person can have simpler surgery than a fusion. Although, look at MFK! She's had a fusion, and she's going to ride again! (We horsepeople are a little nuts!) You don't want to wait until you have permament nerve damage - like me 8 yrs ago. Of course, I can blame all my falls on my numbness Thank God for helments!

 
Old 10-04-2006, 07:48 AM   #13
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Hi chebird

Thanks for the message.
I am having my facet joints injected next week to see if they are the cause of my pain an go from there.
It is great news that you are pain free!
You said you had a microdisectomy.
What is this? I guess its something to do with your discs.
I am trying to take things one step at a time hoping these injections will do the job but i know it hasnt worked for alot of people.
My mum is always saying'Think positive' but i dont like to too optimistic so i wont be too disappointed if it doesnt work!
Are you back riding now?

 
Old 10-04-2006, 06:21 PM   #14
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Hi Sherry, A microdisectomy is where the sugeon makes a fairly small insision (less than 3 inch.) and then uses a microscope. He trims away the herniated or ruptured part of the disk, then takes out any disk fragments. My surgery took 2 hours. No, I'm not back riding again yet; I only had the surgery 2 1/2 weeks ago. I'm seeing my surgeon tomorrow and will get back to you on what he says. God Bless!

 
Old 10-04-2006, 07:09 PM   #15
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Dear Sherry, Hi! I noticed that you are having facet injections, and I have had these. They are kind of a test-if they work, even for a short time, you can procede with radio frequency lesioning of the pain nerves at the facet joints. I have had it done, and it has helped a lot with my pain. I still have pain from a bulging disc at L5-S1, but the joint pain (I have arthritis in the facet joints) is better. I have also had epidural injections near the disc, but the RFA (facet nerve burning) provided more relief. Some of these things you just need to try and see. My bulging disc is degenerated, so I am not a candidate for the micro-d or surgeries to repair the disc. If your disc is not degenerated, but is herniated then these are surgeries to ask about. The doctors almost always do a series of injections first. If you have any more questions about injections, just ask-I am an injection "guinea pig." A title I am not proud of! I have had injections in SI joint, epidurals at L5-S1, facet injections, and 2 RFA procedures. Take care, Kera4

 
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