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    Old 07-02-2009, 10:00 AM   #1
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    Hey I was hoping to possibly get some suggestion that may help my mom since I know she would never try this site. I want to help her because of all she's done for me.

    My mom is 43 years old and has been in 2 car accidents in the past 3 years. The first accident caused an inflamed disc in her upper spine. She expiriences extreme nerve pain which causes migraines and is making her upset alot. She can't take a lot of pain medicine since she has to work.

    She has had 2 nerve injections which didn't really help and she had an epidural but she cant work when she has those. The insurance companies won't cover the cost of anymore treatments because they believe they've done all that they can.

    I just want to help my mom feel better. If anyone has any suggestions i'm willing to consider anything.

     
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    Old 07-02-2009, 11:03 AM   #2
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    I am so sorry to hear about your mom! It is so sweet of you to be looking out for her too! Is she under a doctor's care right now? There are many alternatives to narcotic medication that may help her. The most important thing right now is that she gets in with a doctor that will help her find some solutions on how to manage her pain;0)
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    Old 07-02-2009, 11:18 AM   #3
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    There is a device that controls the pain called a spinal cord stimulator/Implanted neurostimulators are an answer to chronic pain for some people. Perhaps your moms insurance would pay for that...there are many people on this board that have one...do a research online and on this board.

     
    Old 07-02-2009, 12:57 PM   #4
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    Your mom really need to see a pain management doctor that prescribes medications. I would tell her to see her primary care doctor and maybe you could go to the appointment with her and explain how much the pain is effecting her ability to be functional. There are many non-narcotic type medications that are effective for nerve pain but it comes down to trial and error. Everyone reacts differently to medications and someone might have a side effect that another person won't have. Here are the many medications for nerve pain:

    Anti-seizure medications - Neurontin, Lyrica, Trileptal, Tegretol, Topomax

    Atypical opiod - Ultram(tramadol), Ultracet

    Antidepressant medications - Cymbalta, Effexor, trazadone, amitryptiline, nortryptiline

    I would print out this thread and give take it with you to your mom's doctor appointment.

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    Old 07-02-2009, 02:22 PM   #5
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    Hey thanks everybody
    i'm going to look into all that

     
    Old 07-06-2009, 09:25 PM   #6
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    Re: Help for my mom

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    Hey I was hoping to possibly get some suggestion that may help my mom since I know she would never try this site. I want to help her because of all she's done for me.

    My mom is 43 years old and has been in 2 car accidents in the past 3 years. The first accident caused an inflamed disc in her upper spine. She expiriences extreme nerve pain which causes migraines and is making her upset alot. She can't take a lot of pain medicine since she has to work.

    She has had 2 nerve injections which didn't really help and she had an epidural but she cant work when she has those. The insurance companies won't cover the cost of anymore treatments because they believe they've done all that they can.

    I just want to help my mom feel better. If anyone has any suggestions i'm willing to consider anything.
    Another avenue, if you can't find a suitable pain management doctor is to have your doctor refer your mom to an anesthesiologist. I couldn't find a reasonable PM doctor, so my primary physician refered me to an anesthesiologist. They work together on my case to make sure I'm getting the meds I need without being over-medicated. Best of luck to you and your mom.

     
    Old 04-20-2010, 02:25 AM   #7
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    Hi, I could be totally not on the right lines, and obviously I'm no professional, but has your mom sought much rehabilitation? The reason I say that is that I also had an inflamed disc from a fall - and the bottom line was, no matter how many pills I took, if I kept putting myself through the commute to work and sitting in my office chair, I was making it more inflamed. It was also pressing on a nerve which wasn't fun!
    The pain was unbearable and many days I could barely walk. I just feel that a lot of people out there shouldnt just have to 'manage' pain. I know there are many conditions that require pain management but, if I hadn't gone to see an Osteopath, I might've just had to deal with it and take pills the rest of my life too! The Osteopath advised me that the inflammation will never die down if I dont treat it properly, so initially I had to take a cut from work - 6 weeks but after that I've had help from this person in terms of rehabilitating myself, learning to do things all over again, in a way that protects my spine. Yeah I've had pills in the meantime, but I'm now off the pills, walking normally and feeling good. My movements are limited, and I'm only 25 but it's better than being in that amount of pain.
    Osteopaths arent for everyone, but they can give good advice all the same.
    Simple things like protected ice packs being placed directly over the inflammation can be slow relievers, lots of glucosamine, vit C and water. And make sure she lies on her side in bed with a pillow inbetween the knees.
    Lying on her back or stomach will probably compress the inflamed disc and give her agony in the mornings.

    Like I said, I could be wrong but that was my condition and I feel pretty good now. I will have set-backs, because I'll find something I can't do and pay the price, but I know how to deal with it now and can get rid of the pain quickly.

    Doctors do not have the right knowledge to advise on back problems - all they do is give you pills when it's not the only route. People with back problems are definitely put to the back of the queue and it really shouldn't be like that!

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    Old 04-21-2010, 01:49 AM   #8
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    Best advice I can give you is get an accurate diagnosis before you start any treatments... It may require seeing several specialists, back spinal specialists, pain management specialists, neurologists...

    But I was misdiagnosed, went through the wrong physical therapy and learned that my treatment "exacerbated my condition and set back my recovery by at least a year if not multiple years". Those were his words at the time when I finally got a correct diagnosis.

    So its costing me more in pain and treatment procedures and cost of medications, because I didn't get diagnosed properly the first second and third times I saw my GP and 2 back specialists until my 4th diagnosis when a pain management specialist made the correct diagnosis.

    I know that he got the correct diagnosis not only because all of my symptoms fit his diagnosis but also because I have seen marked improvement with his treatments based on his diagnosis.

    It maybe more costly upfront but worth the cost not only in money but in pain and time in the long run.

    ~Myo

     
    Old 04-21-2010, 05:45 AM   #9
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    Re: Help for my mom

    SaraMarie-
    check the date of the thread before you respond. This thread is from July of 2009. I'm sure that she has found help for her mom and moved on...

     
    Old 04-21-2010, 12:14 PM   #10
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    Re: Help for my mom

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    SaraMarie-
    check the date of the thread before you respond. This thread is from July of 2009. I'm sure that she has found help for her mom and moved on...
    My apologies for providing an opinion and sharing some of my experience, how thoughtless of me.

     
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