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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.

:)
Yes, it's a herniated disc. Any dummy can see it on the mri films that I have here. It's totally impinging the nerve. The pain is really bad today, even after a vicodin-all the way down to my toes and my leg is weak from it. I can't get comfy at all. I'll do some calling around to see if I can find someone who does it with fluroscope, but I don't know that I'll find anyone in this area. I'm in Knoxville TN, if anyone knows someone who does it.