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:wave: I injured my back on 2-20-05 and have been in pain since then. It started out feeling like a muscle sprain, but soon started feeling like the sciatic/leg pain I'd had in 1998 for which I had an epidural. So, off to the drs, and he prescribed celebrex and skellaxin (no pain meds at all, though). So, I took that, along with alleve or motrin for a few weeks with no luck. It was then hurting more than before. I woke up one morning and was unable to move without being in excruciating pain. I called my husband to take me to the er. They did nothing but drug me and sent me back to my pcp. I begged for an MRI (and some pain meds finally), and they conceded. I had that done on 4-1-05. Reports showed disc problems, and I was sent to a neurosurgeon, whom I finally saw yesterday. I have a herniated disc at L4-5, with the one below it bulging. My surgeon said that pt and chiro would likely not work for me, but said I could try the epidural again, or opt for surgery. I chose the epidural, which I'll have on 5-4-05. So, I'm still taking celebrex and vicodin for the pain. Is there any other drugs that have proven to be more effective for my constant 24/7 back and right leg pain? I'm a work at home mother to 2 boys ages 20 months and 4 yrs. It is really hard to function some days. I'm only 32, so I'm really saddened that I'm in such a bad shape at such a young age. Any advice for me? Any words of wisdom? I called today to see if they do sedation for the injection and my nurse said they don't. Well, I want it. Should I demand it? TIA and I am so sorry to have company on this board. This back pain stuff is debilitating. :dizzy:
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:wave: I injured my back on 2-20-05 and have been in pain since then. It started out feeling like a muscle sprain, but soon started feeling like the sciatic/leg pain I'd had in 1998 for which I had an epidural. So, off to the drs, and he prescribed celebrex and skellaxin (no pain meds at all, though). So, I took that, along with alleve or motrin for a few weeks with no luck. It was then hurting more than before. I woke up one morning and was unable to move without being in excruciating pain. I called my husband to take me to the er. They did nothing but drug me and sent me back to my pcp. I begged for an MRI (and some pain meds finally), and they conceded. I had that done on 4-1-05. Reports showed disc problems, and I was sent to a neurosurgeon, whom I finally saw yesterday. I have a herniated disc at L4-5, with the one below it bulging. My surgeon said that pt and chiro would likely not work for me, but said I could try the epidural again, or opt for surgery. I chose the epidural, which I'll have on 5-4-05. So, I'm still taking celebrex and vicodin for the pain. Is there any other drugs that have proven to be more effective for my constant 24/7 back and right leg pain? I'm a work at home mother to 2 boys ages 20 months and 4 yrs. It is really hard to function some days. I'm only 32, so I'm really saddened that I'm in such a bad shape at such a young age. Any advice for me? Any words of wisdom? I called today to see if they do sedation for the injection and my nurse said they don't. Well, I want it. Should I demand it? TIA and I am so sorry to have company on this board. This back pain stuff is debilitating. :dizzy:



I have been away for a week or so, so have not had time for imput. I am the one who always jumps in with the * just say no to ESI's*. :nono:

Unless they are going to use a flouroscopy, do NOT let them touch your back with a needle. I would not let them do it anyway, but it helps some people. Since you know that it is a disc, I don't see why they are doing it as they usually use the ESI as a diagnostic tool. They could just as easily give you oral steroids, but then, they would not make the same kind of money with that method.

They are going in blind w/o the flouroscopy. Who does that? You might want to take the time to read the on line publication, The Burton Report, before you let them touch you with a needle in your spinal area. Ask to read the inserts that come with the shots. They were never meant to be used in the spinal area. There are consequences that far outweigh the temp relief that some find with the shots.

I hope that you find alternative relief and a second opinion. Surgery should always be your LAST option.

:)
I can't imagine having an ESI W/O fluroscopy, seems strange to me. Next will be a discogram, the "gold standard" test, and then surgery. I've had all the tests done under sedation and it was no big deal (trust me...pain free). I had buldges L4-5-S-1 (5-6 MM each) with 40% loss of disc height b/t L4-5, both spaces showed black on the MRI. My choices were a fusion or an IDET. I had the IDET and I'm post surgery 6 months. The hardest part has been the PT, but the PT is by far the most important part of of recovery from an IDET. It's a tough and slow road, trust me.

Now for the good part....I've worked up to using the treadmill twice a day. Each time for 45 minutes. I warm up by walking for 10 minutes, then jog for 30 minutes. I finish with a 5 minute cool down. I still get sore, but I'm improving every week. As for meds, I take 200 mg celebrex in the AM, 800 ibuprofen in the afternoon (if needed) and 100 mg neurontin at bedtime (wild dreams but solid sleep). I've also been using andro-gel every morning for the last month. This has given me the energy (and strength) to improve the most. Amazing stuff, although it's not for women. I'm almost 50 and I feel 25...Listen up guys.... ;)