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    Old 02-17-2007, 01:41 PM   #1
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    Back in Nov 2003 while in the army I fell a few feet onto frozen ground and hurt my lower back. At that time I started to have symptoms of a sciatic nerve problem and a MRI showed a bulging L5-S1 disc. I was released from the military with an uncharacterized discharge. Between 2003 and 2006 I saw various orthopedic back specialists, chiropractors, physical therapists, etc and the problem would come and go. Also my MRIs would sometimes show and problem and soemtimes not.
    Then in early 2006 I recieved 20% disability from the VA and my injury was recognized as service connected. In August of 2006 I went back to school to study psychology. As soon as I went back to school the combination of hauling a book back, sitting in desks for long periods of time, walking back and forth across campus etc set off my back pain again.
    So I went in to see the Neurologist at the VA medical center. The latest MRI came back normal. I'm waiting to have an EMG in March. They put me on Topamax. I'm up to 300 mgs a day (split into two doses). It seems to help some with the day to day pain but not so much with the numbness or pins and needle in my foot. In fact that seems worse on the topamax than off of it.

    BUT here is my big question--- when I have acute flare ups they have me go to the ER at the VA medical center and they give me a shot of Toradol in my right hip (the pain is in my left side). It helps some but I'm still usually in significant pain for days until the flare up subsides. They also give me 800mg tablets of ibuprofin. Has anyone been through this kind of course of treatment? They tell me that with nerve pain there is not much that they can do besides deinflammatories like toradol and ibuprofin... is this true or is there really more that tehy could be doing during an dcute flare up?

    Thanks for any info that you might be able to provide me with!


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    Old 02-17-2007, 01:54 PM   #2
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    Well i personally take lorcet or vicodine for the back pain. I take cymbalta and neurotin for the nerve pain some people take lyrica. Thanks to the people here I went and asked for those nerve meds myself. Oh and flexiril for muscle spasms. I think everyone seems to work better with differernt stuff, trial and error. And at different points taken lots of ibuprofin for anti-inflam

    I would definitley get the backpack that has wheels so you don't have to carry it. Sitting always irritated my back alot and I tried to offset it as much as possible with walking, ofcourse trying to keep your core as strong as possible.

    Have they ever sent you to therapy? I would ask if you could get a copy of the MRI results as well.

    hope your feeling better.

     
    Old 02-17-2007, 06:35 PM   #3
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    This is what my primary care doctor basically did to me for 2 years until one day I told her that if she did not refer me to a spinal surgeon to review my case she would have to admit me to the psych ward. I could not handle the day after day after day pain. Once I got into the surgeon's office he immediately gave me stronger meds and he was shocked that I was only taking motrin and the tordal injections. He ordered further tests, put me in pt, and ordered those lovely epidural injections.

    I am not sure how the military works but can you get referred to a neurosurgeon or spinal surgeon to review your case. It sounds like you need a review of your case.

    Good luck and I pray that you find some relief soon.

     
    Old 02-18-2007, 05:41 PM   #4
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    Well I went back to the VA Medical Center's ER today because the pain was just so intense and the Neuro Clinic was of course closed it being a sunday. Today they gave me Flexeril to take 10mgs 3x a day and Tylenol 3 to take as needed. I'm still waiting for the EMG on the 8th of march and a follow up with the Neurologist on the 12th of April.

    Have any of you taken Flexeril? Has it helped any?

     
    Old 02-18-2007, 06:01 PM   #5
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    I have taken flexeril and personally it knocks me out. I must admit it did help with the muscle spasms. It also gave me very dry mouth. I pray this works for you and that you are feeling better soon.

     
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