Re: Dr Prescribed Skin Patches For Pain
If you don't need pain meds, avoid them by all means! If your pain can be controlled through over the counter medications (NSAIDs), ice packs, etc., then use those. I use the Lidoderm patches for really tough areas that don't resolve, and they are more of a topical treatment, though of course some of the drug is absorbed into the body. If you find that some pain is not resolved, you could ask your doctor about these.
I was wondering if you had bone spurs that blocked the area of the spine, thus making access for a microdiscectomy more difficult. It sounds like the reason for not performing the surgery was the failure of the injection.
Do the doctors plan to repeat the diagnostic injection? Some other posters have mentioned requiring a series of two injections, because the first one can be false-positive. I have to imagine that some are also unsuccessful on the first round. Or maybe they injected an area that wasn't the pain generator? Keep pushing for answers! Good luck.