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Nerve, Back, Leg PAIN, oh my

Oct 22, 2016 5:51 AM

List Of Medications:
✔Norco 10mg...4x daily;
✔Gabapentin 1200mg...3x daily
(Maximum a person can take);
✔Cymbalta 60mg...1x daily;
✔Tizanadine 4mg...1-2x evy 8hrs
(Only take 2 at night, these make
me very tired)
✔Xanax .5mg...3x daily (or prn);
✔Trazadone 50mg...1x at night
✔Nabumetone 750mg...2x daily
✔Metoprolol 50mg...1x daily

I am 34 years old and this is my life. My pain management doctor has referred me to a neurosurgeon Dr. Shon Cook. After reviewing my records which consisted of the following:
🔷 3 Epidural Steroid Injections;
🔷 2 Nerve Blocks (Right & Left
Side)
🔷 2 Nerve Ablations (Right & Left
Side)
🔷 Aquatics physical therapy for 12
weeks

Dr. Cook wanted me to have an EMG done to see if I had any nerve damage, after he reviews the findings he will then make a decision if I am or qualify to be a surgical candidate. Well, I went in for my EMG with Dr. Kershen, Friday, October 21, 2016, and after I was done, Dr. Kershen said he did not find any permanent nerve damage. He went on to say that with my issues at my L4, L5, and S1, doesn't mean that I'm not having nerve issues, it just means there is no damage to the nerves.

So, now I'm left wondering over the weekend does that mean I won't have any surgeriesto fix my lower back issues that has caused this 34 years old, married, and mother of 3 to continueto be medicated for the rest of my life?
Dr. Cook did say that over time I could possibly end up having nerve damage due to the compression of my desk pinching my nerves that run down my right leg. So I guess I'm left wondering OK if Dr. Cook decides not to do surgery then am I just supposed to wait until I have permanent nerve damage before somebody will do something? I'm just thoroughly confused, worried, and just want my life back has anybody else had this problem before?

SIDE NOTE: Out of all of these treatments the only thing that helped was the nerve ablationto my left side, I no longer have pain on my left side, but that procedure only last for about 12-18 months.

Oct 22, 2016 6:04 AM

I'm only just starting my journey with nerve pain and only now just talking about surgery. I have an L4 L5 nerve compression also. I really hope you get the help you need. The medical system here is a little different, if it affect your quality of life then they do something about it

Oct 22, 2016 6:25 AM

Mknight it has taken me 3 years to get to this point. Myou first doctor told me it was all in my head, I guess we are all crazy uhhhh?

Oct 22, 2016 8:55 AM

Not sure id rush into surgery it could make matters worse i had bilateral knee replacements done 1st june 2015 still have ongoing pain could be nerve damage of some kind. Now if i had of just kept going the way i was with cortisone injections id at least still be bringing in a wage and not about to loose my home. Search around on internet there is quite alot of information hopefully you might find something more natural to at least assist with pain stay positive and smile thats what i do daily

Oct 22, 2016 9:42 AM

It's to the point I've had 3 professional doctors say I needed surgery, my 3 MRI show that my spine is crumbling. Itake my only choice but I feel I have hit a road block.

Oct 22, 2016 9:59 AM

Life can be so unfair to some didnt realize extent of your injurie. Three of them cant be wrong i quess good luck with it all and do stay positive it will help qith your mwntal state. I've been quite low with my own mental health but tell myself every day to stay positive i have even made a vision board in the hope of better gealth no pain and a money miracle to save my home laugh it also helps.

Oct 23, 2016 1:31 AM

I love to laugh, i think have my girls ages 3, 7 and 11, they keep me on my toes and keep me laughing. Also, my husband is my # 1 ccheerleader and I seen where my children get their humor from because he is constantly making me laugh and om some of those days I feel normal and the pain is minimal. He's a blessing and so are my kiddos.

Oct 23, 2016 4:00 AM

You are blessed to have the support. It is a tough decision. Neurosurgeons are wired to fix via surgery. In my case surgery was not the answer. My severe sciatica was a result of hip muscles but due to length of time it has become a chronic condition requiring a multidisciplinary approach . Since you got a long relief with nerve ablation intervention then go for that. Perhaps try a nerve cord stimulator- speak to pain specialist. Keep a diary and see which cocktail of drugs works for you.
My last choice is surgery but I'm trying all these other things. Let us know how you go.

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