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[QUOTE=Wendy88;3376281]hi everyone,
so i've had DDD forever... Im 33 and I'd say about once a year i totally throw out my back (either slip a disk or tear fibers) that leave me in horrible pain and bed ridden for close to a week and then in pain for a long time after. This just happened on Dec 25th... not ever sure what I did, but I was bed ridden for a week in terrible pain, back spasms etc... and Im still not able to sit or stand without being in a ton of pain.
During the course of the year, my back will give me smaller issues and may throw out one more time... it totally sucks as you all know...
I take percs 10/325, usually relafen but it hurts my stomach so im now taking 3-4 advils at a time instead, and I am now trying baclofen for a muscle relaxer. It seems to work ok.
I'm doing a standing MRI next week as Im in so much pain when I stand for more that like, 5 minutes, or even sit for too long. Ive done regular MRIs in the past.

My question is (and of course I'll ask my doctor when I see him in 3 weeks) - what other options besides meds, PT etc are there? Like, what kinds of surgery could I look up online or read about on this board and learn about so I can be educated for my next meeting with my doctor? Im terrified of any surgery, especially on my back, but I think I'm realizing Im too young to live like this... this weekend Im still in bed, I've missed work and dont know what Id do without my meds, I think i need to possibly try something else.

Thanks!!



Hi Wendy, sorry you are having to deal with DDD. I was diagnosed with DDD in 2004. It was at the L5 S1 level. Every subsuquent MRI was worse than the first and like you I was not in chronic pain at first. I would have three good weeks one horrible one. Then that began to change until I got to the point that I could not sit down for more than five mintues or so and then standing long periods was an issue, tossing and turning all night in pain trying to get comfortable, I was not able to enjoy any of the things in my life that I once was able to do. I tried pt, injections, medication, rest. I had a discogram done two months prior to surgery.
Have you tried injections? They helped me for awhile but then even they failed. Also, Lidoderm patches helped me for a bit too.
Also, about the migraines, I have migraines as well, pretty severe ones, I have needed infusion at home on two occassions because they could not stop them. I have never taken percocet for a migraine. I take Maxalt and Fiornal#3. I find that the triptan Maxalt was the best one for me, some of those triptans are so harsh and if the Maxalt fails then I have the Fiornial as a back up. I use the Topamax as my preventative (200mg) a day. The topamax has been a lifesaver for me as far as migraines go.
Anyhow, good luck to you, keep us posted
Lori
hey -
thanks everyone. i guess i'll see where i am later after the MRI, and then i can see if we are going to change meds or what.
I cant remember what level my issues are at, but its my lower back... same with the herniation i had and the bulging disks.
This is the first standing MRI I will have done, which we think will give us a lot of info since all my other ones show tons of stuff but not exactly why i can be in so much pain. We are pretty sure there is a lot of compression (although i dont really exactly understand what that is... i didnt ask... or how that can be fixed) happening since im at my worst during a flare up when im sitting and standing.
i hope i can go to work next week. i work in TV and it's pretty hard to be out! i had xmas week off, which was when my back gave out but i do need to get into the office.
Hearts, as far as migraines, i take 75 mg of topamax, but i dont like myself at 100.. i get pretty forgetful. I cant take immitrex, maxalt etc... they dont work for me... weird right? But axert works sometimes... especially if i mix it with a pain med. really sucks to have two issues that are painful disorders right?
anyhow thanks again everyone for the support! I'm looking forward to my MRI since it's been about 2 years since my last. I'll keep u posted.
[QUOTE=Wendy88;3377154]hey -
thanks everyone. i guess i'll see where i am later after the MRI, and then i can see if we are going to change meds or what.
I cant remember what level my issues are at, but its my lower back... same with the herniation i had and the bulging disks.
This is the first standing MRI I will have done, which we think will give us a lot of info since all my other ones show tons of stuff but not exactly why i can be in so much pain. We are pretty sure there is a lot of compression (although i dont really exactly understand what that is... i didnt ask... or how that can be fixed) happening since im at my worst during a flare up when im sitting and standing.
i hope i can go to work next week. i work in TV and it's pretty hard to be out! i had xmas week off, which was when my back gave out but i do need to get into the office.
Hearts, as far as migraines, i take 75 mg of topamax, but i dont like myself at 100.. i get pretty forgetful. I cant take immitrex, maxalt etc... they dont work for me... weird right? But axert works sometimes... especially if i mix it with a pain med. really sucks to have two issues that are painful disorders right?
anyhow thanks again everyone for the support! I'm looking forward to my MRI since it's been about 2 years since my last. I'll keep u posted.

Hello again!
I know what you mean about the Topamax, forgetfullness, feeling dumb etc Being on topamax is all part of it :( but it is the drug that took my migraines from 4 - 5 a week down to 2 a week. Some people refer to topamax as stupamax! The Triptans are like that, I can't take Axert or Imitrex but can manage Maxalt, plus there's a nasal spray that my nero wanted me to try, OH my gosh! Made me really sick! Prior to surgery I was still having migraines, the usual, one to two a week, knock on wood.... i have not had a migraine since surgery!!! :) It's like I keep waiting, because I have had them for so long, but so far so good! My nero will not believe it.
I don't think I am cured or anything, I have gone a month before but I am encouraged!

And yes, having two painful disorders is the pits. Before, between my back and my migraines, I felt like I never got a break. I felt like I had no life. I am only 41 and so many times my migraines or my back would spoil a planned event, I would get so depressed about it.

I hope your situation works out.... keep us posted

Lori