I've Found A Nero. Who Is A Spine Spec. In My Ins. Network, And Closer Than The Others.
I Am Going To Get New X-rays Today And A Referral. I Am Excited And Scared.
I've Been Reading All Your Posts, And One Thing I Don't Get Is This Pain Med Thing. All They Will Give Me Is Muscle Relaxers (zanaflex) And Naprosyn. The Ortho Said If I Take Any Thing Else It Would Make Pain Management Worse After Surgery. The P.m. Doc Believes In Relieving Pain With Injections, And The Pcp Figgures They Know Better Than He Does, He Has Given Me Some Arthrotech Samples. Maybe The New Doc Will Realize I Am In Alot Of Constant Pain, And Struggle Every Day Through Work And Home Tasks.
I Appreciate All The Replys From You Guys, It Helps With The Depression, And Clears Up The Questions
It Was The Usual Run Around. I Can't Get In To The Mri Place Untill The 15 Th Of April And I Need That Before I See New Doc.
I Go Back To Pain Mgmt. On The 12th, What Should I Say If He Suggest Epidural Shots? I Think I Might As Well Try It, It May Help.
What Are They Like Compared To Ablation And Steriod Si"s?
I'm not sure what your condition is that's causing your pain, but if it's disc related you might as well try the epidural steroid shots. This med is a very powerful anti-inflammatory, far more so than ibuprofen, naprosyn, etc.. And it will bathe everything, including the inflamed nerves inside the spinal canal and hopefully relieve alot of the inflammation in there. For many people, it relieves it enough to significantly or totally alleviate the pain. There's no way to know if it'll work for you until you try it, though. And for some it lasts forever, and others it may last a few weeks or months, and for some it doesnt work at all. But it's definitely worth a shot! <no pun intended>
As for the pain meds, when you take these over a period of time, you develop a dependance on them & then you start needing more & more to relieve the pain. If you take for a while before surgery, then after surgery they may not be as effective to relieve your post surgical pain. Plus they are known to cause constipation; and when you have major surgery, not just the side effect of the pain meds, but also being under anesthaesia itself can cause constipation so that's a double whammy. Trust me, it's no fun having that! I had it for almost 9 days after my surgery <ughhhhhhhhhhhhh> even though I was continuously taking stool softers.
I do wish you luck in whichever options you choose and hope you get some relief soon!
Thats great you have a specialist to treat you , I would let him give the esi to you, remember surgery is the last thing you need and if your doctor feel's you don't need it ,don't push the issue..Pain meds are hard to get because they are so addictive..Trust me alot of people don't even know this.
I Hope You Are Doing Well. I Have A Couple Weeks Or More Before I See The Spec. I'm Gonna Try To Take Chantix Again, With Some Antihistamine, And Hopefully Be A Non-smoker Before I See Him.
Good luck...I think we all get to play the wait game, not fun. I would try the esi's to. I was not one of the people who found relief, but I tried them. As far as the pain meds go if they aren't giving you enough to offer you relief, sometimes you have to be insistent and let them know how bad it is.