Again, I can't thank everyone for all of the replies I have received. Ya know, this stuff really is tiring...and with the holiday season here, it just does not get better. Shopping on Sat. & putting up the tree on Sun. has really caused my back to be mad. When I stand, and I did for a long time this weekend, I could feel a sensation of swelling in my lower spine, as well as the pressure feeling of pain in lower back and down right leg into foot...had a bad night..awake before 3 a.m...
I had a surprise in the mail on Fri. My P.M. Dr. had said he was going to arrange an appt. to the pain mgmt. dept. at a major university..about 100 miles from my home. Well, I received the notice saying had an appt. on the 21st of Dec. Wow...that was fast, just went to the P.M. Dr. last Mon...
Pooby, of course, I remember you...you got into trouble because of me, which I felt so bad about. Yeah, having pain on the opposite side of the problem area, does make things hard..Yes, I know about the pain coming in different areas at different times...and also the intermittent numbness I experience in my feet...and yes, laying in bed, causes the leg to ache into the outside of the ankle and foot...not fun..or good for trying to get to sleep. I have been so depressed about this entire thing. I agree that the radiologists, neuros, etc. do not look at the Mri's the same way, every MRI I have, has basically had a different problem!!! Some have herniation (with fragment) and 2 weeks later another MRI had that as a bulge....similar differences on the rest of the MRI's....scarry..!! Last week, my poor husband was diagnosed with lower spine herniation, as well as possible low thorax problem..he has to go for another MRI this week. The PM Dr. he saw was awsome. Things, my PM never said, test etc. were mentioned...and here I have been sitting for over 1 1/2 years with only the meds., and referral to a neurosurgeon who said I have compression symptoms, as well as hyperreflexia..but did nothing...
I do hope that there is some resolution down the road for you, in the meantime, we can keep trying out the drugs so see if one of them will help. I keep you in my thoughts...you have been so kind..
Feelbad....yes, I am in total agreement with you regarding the injections mentioned by my PM. Dr. I am not sure what the injection (s) my PM was talking about, but I agree, why would I want to subject myself to a placebo...if something has a hope of helping, that is ok, but just to see how I react to a placebo injection, I don't thing so. I think he wants the PM Dr. at the new Pain Mgmt. clinic to do this...NOT. I thank you for your reply...hope tht you have a good day..
Monty44....Just read your reply and am horrified...KETAMINE..yikes, isn't that the suff they use to kind of paralyze you during anesthesia for surgery??? Never heard of this test, but it could be....expecially as you describe using other meds..to see how they react...scary to imagine. BUT, this may be it...wow, have you had this injection? If so, where do they inject you? Did it work - or one of the injections?? What does the ketamine do? Does it paralyze the nerve or area of the spine where you are having problems???
Most important, if you have any improvement from this test, where do you go from there? Would they do more injections, or just give you the drug in pill form????
You may have answered my question...wow...thank you so much...hope you have a great day!!!
All of you have been so helpful...thank you, thank you, thank you.