Good morning peeps. This morning is very nerve wracking for me. Going to the surgeon for my post-op appointment and then this afternoon is my Ortho appointment where we can discuss the results of the MRI and possible further treatment. I really do NOT want to live the rest of my life with back pain from this accident. Purposefully not going to take any muscle relaxers or pain killers cause I want him to be able to feel these freaking spasms that I live with. Will update later when I get home.
Best of luck to you.... I'll be thinking of you and praying for you. DON'T let your pain level go beyond what your meds can catch up to. I understand why you are going without taking them, so they can SEE with their own eyes what you're suffering with. It ha been my experience, unfortunately, that they don't care either way.
Praying for answers & good results. The word epidermal has to do with skin, not sure about inclusion though. Has your doctor suggested epidural steroid nerve blocks for your back? A lot of my chronic back pain came from auto accidents, which then added to DDD & osteoarthritis.
Wishing you the best today, try using the breathing technique. You know breath in thru the nose out the mouth it seems like it helps me a little bit. I think you concentrate on doing the breathing and it takes your mind off of the pain. I hope that you get good news.
FlappysLady, no not yet. Still waiting to see him in a little bit. The pain actually feels like it's coming from L3-4 and not from the muscle. It hurts like hell. I will ask him about that provided I can be sedated. I don't tolerate that kind of stuff awake.
Well, the verdict is a herniated disc at L5-S1 from the accident. My orthopedic surgeon referred me to a spinal surgeon at this point. Depending on the size of it, it could either require epidural injections or surgery(YIKES). It's out of my hands right now. I just want my life back at this point.
I'll be praying the best resolution for the ultimately best outcome! When they did my cervical fusions from ruptured discs in '92 & '95 they also cut my hips to remove bone for the fusion grafts. The hips actually hurt worse than the neck both times.
The good news is they've come a long way and there are possibly many options available. Don't feel rushed or pressured, and get a second opinion if something just doesn't feel right. Follow your gut instinct.
When I had my mass removed in 2010 I didn't get to choose a doctor. But later he kept trying to pressure (fear) to allow him to put not 1 but 2 meshes in me. After almost a year and going for 3 opinions I told him no. He's now been stripped of his MD rights to practice and ha ruined many women's female anatomy. I thank God for guiding me to get more opinions. Prayers, hugs, & God be with you!
Amanda, the best way to go is the neurosurgeon... When I had all of my spine surgeries, that's what I did because they're working around many, many nerves and close to the spinal cord. I'll be praying that they will be able to help you with injections. My pain management doctor does them in the little OR he has in his office and uses a fluoroscope and sedation..(he knocks me out). Better than surgery.
My pain management doc is going to try burning off some of the nerve endings in my neck to help with the cervical pain and the migraines... I hope it works because the other injections have been unsuccessful.
Always my son in law was on a site this morning talking about how to help migraine pain. It said get 2 pans hot water an place hands,and feet then place a frozen bag of peas at the base if head. They said it works. Next migraine I get I'm gonna try it. It can't hurt. Who knows it might work.
So the verdict for right no is switch up from tramadol to Norco 5/325 mg. this was prescribed for something else but hopefully, it will work for the back pain as well cause Advil is pretty much useless.
Thanks for the info!!! Next migraine I'm going to give it a shot. FlappsyLady, burning off the nerve endings is done the same way is regular injections in the facet joints. The only difference is that the "needle" they use actually gets hot (electricity like a cauterization instrument) and kills the nerve ending. They DO regenerate but, if successful, it can provide some pain relief for 6 months to 2 years. They DO sedate you like for injections. I'll let you know when they want to do it.
I had that done to my lower back it didn't even last 2 months for me but every one is different what works for me may not work for someone else. They do knock you out you will sleep right thru it. Good luck