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Old 11-01-2011, 06:58 PM   #1
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Is there help for the pain?

I'm new here so I'll describe what's going on with me.

For many years, 10 if not more, I've had lower back pain. I don't know what caused it. When it is very bad the pain will shoot down my leg. In the last few months my calf has started to tingle, the best way to describe it is that it feels like it is asleep. Several times the pain has been so bad that I've gone to the er for.

I've gone to several different dr's about it and had several tests done, I can't have an mri though. I've even tried exercises but nothing works. I went to a chiropractor a few months ago and it did start to feel a little better, but I had to stop seeing him because I had a hystermacy. I've taken pain meds for it but the meds do nothing. I also have epilepsy and I'll get very bad headaches after the seizures and I'll take pain meds which also do nothing.

I had the hystermacy surgery last week. When I came out of surgery my back hurt worse than anything else. Again they gave me pain meds in the hospital which seemed to do nothing.

Anyone have any advice or help.

 
Old 11-03-2011, 07:27 PM   #2
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Re: Is there help for the pain?

hi siactic pain will cause that the pain down the leg. I can't have a MRI either but a ct scan showed my herniated discs. Can you have one of those? I use the lidocaine patches on my back when I have those days that I can't move.

 
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Old 11-03-2011, 07:40 PM   #3
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Re: Is there help for the pain?

Your recent surgery may be a contributing factor to your pain. It could be the way you were positioned on the operating room table. I don't know how long the surgery you had lasted, but for someone with back problems, it may have just been too much for you.

It is probable that your situation with your spine has deteriorated during the last ten years. When you have tingling and pain in your leg, it is often a sign that a spinal nerve is being compressed.

The best way to get to the bottom of this and get a proper diagnosis is to have a consultation with a spine specialist. This can be either an orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon who limit their practice to issues of the neck and back.

 
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:57 AM   #4
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Re: Is there help for the pain?

I do think that the pain I had in the hospital was do to the surgery. I have no idea how they had me positioned on the table. All I know was that I felt nothing in my stomach and my back was killing me. They had to knock me out when I came back to my room because I wouldn't stop screaming about how bad it was.

I've had ct scans and the dr's said they showed nothing. At one dr I was going to he said that my spine was slightly curved. My mom has that too, I can't remember what the medical term for it is though. The dr said that sometime it bothers people and sometimes it doesn't. I stopped going to him after about 8 months because all he was doing was give me pain meds or shots in my back. I told him they weren't working but he didn't seem to want to listen. The visit was basically - get shots and a pescription then I was out of there.

Where can you get some of those patches Mel52? I've gotten the heat patches that stick on my back at the pharmacy but they really don't seem to do much. I lay with a heating pad on my back when it's hurting, and I really don't get up and move around much unless I have to.

I'm going to look into the types of drs that you suggested tetonteri66, they might beable to help more than the ones that I have gone too. It's the tingling in my calf that's gotten to me lately because it's something that's never happened before.

The pain isn't a constant every day pain, but the calf tingling is. With my back I have to watch how I move or if I sit in a hard chair or stand to long it will start to get sore. But when it does hurt it HURTS!!!! I shouldn't say this because I'll probably jinx myself but it hasn't acted up on it's own like it usually does for a while now. The last time was in the hospital and I do think that was because of the way I was on the table.

It just seems odd to me that any sort of pain med I've took won't work for it and I've tried a good many. The only thing that seems to do any help is a muscle relaxer but I think that's only because it knocks me out because the pain will still be there after I get up. I do take 4 very high doses of different meds for my epilepsy - Depakote, Tegretol, Keppra and Lamictal. I don't know if this could have something to do with pain meds not working or not.

I did have a seizure the other day and as I said I get horrible migraines after them. My neurologist has given me headache meds, buteral, which does nothing. I have some percocet that the dr gave me after my surgery. It didn't work for the pain with that, put I figured "what the heck, I'll try it for the headache instead of sitting here with a bag of ice on my head". I was supprised that it did work.

Thanks for your advice everyone!

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Old 11-08-2011, 07:07 AM   #5
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Re: Is there help for the pain?

I found that the docs took the radiating to my legs as a sign of a def low spine issue.

On topical treatments....I like BioFreeze and also the Tiger Balm patches much more than the typical Ben Gay. Personal preference but might be worth a try

For migraines, Imitrex nasal spray is helpful for me (though I CRAVE carbs after I use it...oddly, animal crackers is my number 1 want and i met another girl with the exact same post-imitrex craving). the nasal works MUCH better for me than the pill form.

 
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Re: Is there help for the pain?

Also the pain seems to be mostly on the right side of my back and will shoot down my right leg when it does.

 
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Re: Is there help for the pain?

Have you seen a spine specialist for this? You said you can't have MRI, but can you have a CT scan? It sounds like you may have a lumbar disc issue, or something similar.

 
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