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Back spasms that are just getting worse

Nov 06, 2014 5:12 PM

hi I am new here, but just wondered what experiences others have had with back spasms. I get them really spontaneously and then can be flat out for a week with my husband having to lift me up to go to the toilet then I recovery with underlying chronic pain until the next time. these episodes are getting more frequent so went to doctor who did an MRI which suggested I have facet joint degeneration and have suggested nerve ablation. I am going for diagnostic nerve blocks next week but a bit scared it will just make them worse! I have two small children- aged 2 and 3 so can't afford to be out of action!

Nov 07, 2014 7:51 PM

I have back spasms due to facets, arthritis, stenosis, and scoliosis. My PT God told me it was the muscles not liking being pushed around by the scoliosis, etc, and they lock up. As I move around or sit too long, they will begin to spasm. Tens & Lidoderm patches help while I am teaching so I don't have to take many MEDS while hanging out with 8th graders! I had my first Radio frequency ablation 1 & 1/2 weeks ago on the right side, my worst, and will have the left RF in 2 weeks. Pain follows the RF, but I'm told it gets better and is worth it. It better be! Hope you find what works for you, but understand that it is often a long road before we find the right combo of doctors, MEDS, and treatments. And then you don't know how long that will last! Good luck with your kids! Challenging ages without pain. I hope you can figure out what works best for you and them.

Nov 08, 2014 12:35 AM

there is nothing to be afraid of with nerve blockers, they generally work great but they are only temporary at controlling pain. You may only find it helps for a few days, some may experience as much as a few weeks of pain relief.

For muscle spasms I find the muscle relaxer called cyclobenzaprine works well but you will feel very sleepy and lethargic while taking them. I would recommend only have a pill at first if prescribed. Then if you find you need more then take the entire pill. I am allowed up to 3 per day if needed and that really works well but leaves me incapacitated due to its strength.

Nov 08, 2014 12:36 AM

sorry for the typo, I meant I would only recommend half a pill at first if prescribed.

Nov 08, 2014 2:40 AM

Anyone liked soma? what milligram? I have whole body spasms and never know which part they will hit. I couldn't safely drive. I don't know why. I take potassium.

Nov 08, 2014 9:30 AM

I'm a 46 year old female ex-runner and I have had chronic back pain due to stenosis, bulging discs, facet arthritis for 8 months. Had pain throughout last 20 years but it was transient. It's mentally and physically taken a toll in me. I've gained weight and miss my athletic self. Tried nerve blocks, epidural and accupuncture. Just started taking Gabapentin, and my back is loosening up and I don't have the sleepy side effects that muscle relaxers cause. Acupuncture and acupressure has helped a lot and I like that someone is working to release the pain without medication. I'm 3 weeks into Gabapentin at a low dose of 600mg/day. Has anyone else had a positive reaction to Gabapentin?

Nov 08, 2014 10:56 AM

I'm on 1200mg of Gabapentin 3x daily, which is the maximum dosage permitted. I don't find that is a miracle cure at all but it does reduce my pain a little bit. But considering I have to take so much of it to only get a moderate pain relief I don't think I will continue with it as the side effects are nasty. I have extreme headaches, blurred vision and ringing in the ears, I am totally lethargic, groggy and foggy headed and my memory absorbtion and recall is poor.
Your are on a very low dose and if its working for you then stay with it.

Nov 08, 2014 12:15 PM

thanks for some useful advice. I am also athletic- used to be a triathlete and then had two children and everything got worse. don't have as much time for exercise now but do still swim and do done yoga and pilates. I also find acupuncture good but doesn't last very long. I am desperate to not be on long term drugs but do take diazepam when rings are bad to reduce the muscle tension and consequently the pain. I am in uk do not sure I can get the same drugs as described above.

Nov 08, 2014 6:56 PM

I've done several nerve block injections with and without cortisone. The diagnostic injections shouldn't have any side effects.

Nov 10, 2014 10:47 AM

I would go with what works, I was on a high dose of gapapentin & could not tolerate it, but it works wonders for others. There are many meds that didn't work or I can't tolerate but everyone is different. It is true that it may be a difficult journey finding what works & the right combo, but don't rule anything out unless you know its not for you or don't want to try/take it. You have the right to say no. My best advice would be to research everything you can. That's what I do, and my parents also help in making my medical decisions. Just remember everyone is different & will have different reactions to treatments/meds. I am so sorry, my spasms are horrible too, as is my pain. I will send postive thoughts your way. Good luck on your journey.

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