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Feb 24, 2015 7:35 AM

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.

Feb 24, 2015 9:16 AM

Wishing you the best for today. Good idea on not taking the meds. I've been advised to do that so dr can actually see what you live with. Will look forward to hearing the outcome. Hope its favorable!

Feb 24, 2015 10:09 AM

Sandi, very much uncomfortabl right now, but this better be worth it.

Feb 24, 2015 10:12 AM

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.

Feb 24, 2015 10:56 AM

I know. Not going to do that. Sandi, can I ask you a question. What in the he## is a epidermal inclusion cyst?

Feb 24, 2015 11:18 AM

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.

Feb 24, 2015 11:31 AM

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.

Feb 24, 2015 11:36 AM

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.

Feb 24, 2015 11:38 AM

I'd definitely recommend sedation. I've been stuck so much just the thought of needles make me cringe! Good luck!

Feb 24, 2015 11:40 AM

Yep, I understand where your coming from. I HATE needles especially if there going anywhere near my backside. Uh NO!!!!!!!

Feb 24, 2015 12:17 PM

Another name for it is a sebaceous cyst. Look at:
Www.Medicinenet.com/script/main/mobile art.asp?articlekey=165967
For a picture of it and good explanation

Feb 24, 2015 2:21 PM

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.

Feb 24, 2015 2:37 PM

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!

Feb 24, 2015 2:45 PM

I was actually debating with myself on whether to see a neurosurgeon or a plain spinal surgeon. Any ideas?

Feb 24, 2015 2:48 PM

My orthopedist sent me to a neurosurgeon. I think its because of having to work around so many nerves.

Feb 24, 2015 6:14 PM

Yeah. Mine referred me to a neuro surgeon too. But the ortho and neuro surgeons with be present together if they do the surgery. What is a spinal surgeon if not an orthopedic surgeon?

Feb 24, 2015 7:37 PM

Aliya, sorry. Mine is an orthopedic surgeon. He just specializes in the spine.

Feb 24, 2015 8:19 PM

My orthopedic surgeon and neurosurgeon were both present.

Feb 25, 2015 12:21 AM

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.

Feb 25, 2015 7:45 AM

Alwayz, I hope it will too. If they have to do, I'm going to request sedation as I have said before, I hate needles

Feb 25, 2015 9:30 AM

AlwayZ description is exactly how my pain Mgt doctor does epidural injections

Feb 25, 2015 11:46 AM

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.

Feb 25, 2015 11:53 AM

AlwayZ, what do you mean by burn off nerve endings? I hope you're sedated, because that makes hurt thinking about it!

Feb 25, 2015 12:56 PM

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.

Feb 25, 2015 1:20 PM

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.

Feb 26, 2015 1:01 PM

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.

Feb 26, 2015 3:18 PM

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

Feb 26, 2015 7:39 PM

Alwayz, are the injections just done in the neck or can they be done in the lower back as well? Just curious

Feb 26, 2015 7:57 PM

Weezie, thanks for the info.... Amanda, they can give the injections anywhere in your spine. Whether it be cervical, thoracic or lumbar... The answer is yes.

Feb 26, 2015 8:15 PM

No problem Amanda... Always happy to help!! 💕

Feb 26, 2015 9:41 PM

Thanks for the explanation AlwayZ. I'll have to remember that for future needs.

Feb 26, 2015 10:15 PM

No problem FlappsyLady.. It makes me happy that I am able to help

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