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In pain and confusion



  • That's so great! I'm glad the doc came through for you. Good luck, and keep us posted on what comes out of it!
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • Yes I can definitely relate to what you are going through, I have been going through the same pain for almost 4 years and do believe I am going crazy!!!lol I have the severe back pain from DDD and right leg pain and now my leg buckles all the time. I have almost fell a few times luckily I was always next to someone or something to grab on to. I have been through everything PT, NSAIDS, Tens unit, epidurals and plenty of pain medication over the last 4 years. It can get very depressing not getting solutions I am finally to the point of surgery and will probably have to have it in the next few months. I know it's not easy but we are all going through something similar on this group. I am so glad I found it, it has helped to be able to talk to others going through the same thing. I know my husband must be totally sick of hearing about it, but it's hard to not talk about your pain when your life is filled with it. So it's helping to come here and relate to others then maybe I won't bug him as much.

    I cannot work either and am feeling pretty useless at home, my daughter is helping with the housework and I am paying her a little each week. She is 19 but Is still at home. It has helped to take the load off especially on my bad days. It sounds like your PM just mainly is there for your pain levels but for a fix you might want to try a orthopedic spine or Neurologist spine specialist. Most off us have more then one doctor but you can only get pain medication from one of them.

    I hope you find a solution soon, keep your chin up and remember to come to this forum it really helps to hang with other crazies!!! Lol =))
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  • Very good Kelly, and nice of you to share the anti-depressant aspect as well.
  • your doctor maybe a lurker on here and recognized you. Glad you got some movement. I was going to a PM and he would only treat me for my cervical because that was all that was referred to him from my previous PCP. My new PCP is taking care of my pain management and seeing a physiatrist for cervical and lumbar issues. I have had foraminal injections at L4/L5 and L5/S1 with decent relief that lasts several months so far no relief with cervical injections.
    Don't be afraid to seek opinions from different Drs. The Ortho surgeon who sent me to physiatrist said he looks for a surgical solution so wanted to see if there was less invasive options for treatment first. Also have been on cymbalta for over a year it helps with nerve pain somewhat but definately with the mood that can come from all of this.
    Good luck to you.
    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014, pseudo arthrosis suspected 2017, diagnosed  2019.  Revision C6/C7 pending. Multiple ruptured discs lumbar, l2-s1.
  • Today I went for my 2nd MRI. The tech propped my knees up with a pillow but it didn't seem to help. I lay there in severe pain for 45 minutes crying. I finally yelled out to ask for a break so I could move a little. He came in and told me I was done. THANK GOD!!! Anyone else that doesn't have back pain wouldn't understand and I was afraid the tech wouldn't but he told me he understood. I feel like a big baby. I came home and took my meds again. Sheesh what a mess. I want to quit hurting NOW! I'm so sick of it.
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  • Did you ever try Medrol dose packs or prednisone. Those are the only thing that helps me when I am worse. All kinds of injections, triggerpoint, epidurals and facet joint ones just made me worse. Just thought I'd share this with you. Hugs.
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