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Howdy all,
I am about 4 1/2 months out from fusion/laminectomy L4-S1. I just got back from my doctor for pain management. He was considering for future treatments, steriod injections to help with pain/inflammation. I was just wondering if anyone has experience with the shots after surgery? I had 4 of them before surgery. The shots didn't help. The fusion is helping, for the first time in several years I have had periods during the day where there is no back pain. The back seems to be healing up fine, it's just the darn nerve that was pinched that is giving me a lot of trouble. I am currently switching over from Lyrica to Neurontin, so we'll see if that helps.

Thanks
[QUOTE=spineman;3248277]Howdy all,
I am about 4 1/2 months out from fusion/laminectomy L4-S1. I just got back from my doctor for pain management. He was considering for future treatments, steriod injections to help with pain/inflammation. I was just wondering if anyone has experience with the shots after surgery? I had 4 of them before surgery. The shots didn't help. The fusion is helping, for the first time in several years I have had periods during the day where there is no back pain. The back seems to be healing up fine, it's just the darn nerve that was pinched that is giving me a lot of trouble. I am currently switching over from Lyrica to Neurontin, so we'll see if that helps.

Thanks
I haven't had any luck with them either... I had them pre- and post- micro-d surgery and just had one last week and I swear it actually made the pain worse!

I also tried a pretty high dose of Neurontin (1800mg/day) that also did nothing for me. There are a few old threads about neurontin on this site you might want to look up. most of the people who had neurontin work for them also took it in conjunction with a low dose of nortryptaline. For some reason they work better together.

I'm having my L5/S1 fusion on the 19th, so I'll be reading about how you're doing eagerly.

Hope that nerve quiets down for you!

David