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Sep 05, 2015 7:18 PM

Hi gang , getting emg to try to determine why pain is still bad. After tlif surgery , really need an answer , don't want to take pills for the rest of my life. Thx for any input .

Sep 05, 2015 8:56 PM

When you get the EMG, perhaps the doctor will have a solid plan of lite exercise, stretching, moist heat, icy/hot rubs, etc. he may even recommend some physical therapy to try and help you. Where is the issue beginning from? Is it your neck, shoulder, spine? If you have no nerve damage, the doctor may have you do slightly stronger physical therapy, maybe some biofeedback, meditation, breathing exercises, etc. I wish you the very best of luck and hope the doctor can give you the answers you need. I was diagnosed with Long Thoracic Nerve Palsy which caused the muscle not to tighten and hold my shoulder in place. I had a major 7.5 hour surgery to correct the problem and it would have worked if I hadn't overdone the physical therapy and tear the graft! I was so mad at myself. Keep us posted as to when you get the results and then you'll have a better idea of which route to take to help you.

Sep 06, 2015 11:06 PM

Hi thx for the input. It is my core ,my lumbar region. I'm wondering what treatment I will receive if I have damage to nerves sciatic.or muscles . I refuse to increase my meds..still on low dose pain meds.they are necessary until this emg test then treatment occurs. I walk twice a day plus stretching and 8 excercises . Pain is 24 7, hence the meds. I want to be able to eventually stop them altogether . Just not until we get through this test and treatment . Then have a plan. I'm just still a mess, my back I mean.lol. Meditating has helped along with the music. I'll keep you posted as soon as I get near normal .

Sep 07, 2015 12:34 AM

If you have damage to any nerves or have sciatica, the doctor may prescribe gabapentin or Neurontin for nerve pain. They are both non narcotic and are specifically for nerve pain, as is lyrica. These meds don't work for everyone and they have some unpleasant side effects. They may prescribe cymbalta as well. It's an antidepressant but is also used for nerve pain. They may also suggest you try a TENS Unit of you are not already using one. I'm glad that meditation and music seem to help you, at least that puts you ahead of the game. I wish you luck and hope that the doctor can help you get back to where you want to be. Keep active like you are, it will help in the long run. 🌻🙏🏻

Sep 07, 2015 8:42 PM

Rinoguy, I have sciatica from my lumbar spine. They wanted me to do chores strengthening exercises but it caused severe headaches and cervical pain. I have a TENS unit and love it. I'm allergic to so many pain meds so they really aren't an option for me. I sent through epidural steroid injections for two years, in the cervical, thoracic, & lumbosacral areas. It's been over 31 months and I'm just beginning to get symptoms from my neck and lumbar again. The ESIs don't work as well for everyone but they worked very well for me. I also use a lot of voltaren gel and muscles relaxers. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers. 🙏🌼

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