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Iim so lost

I have a laminectomy on L5 S1 8 years ago now I have retrolisthesis and dissipation of the disc with subluxation there's also something going on in my traffic and both my shoulders are screwed I know I'm not as bad as some of you guys but I have A3 year old and I'm 47 years old and I'm a hygienist and I'm working barely I can barely get through one day of work without being in so much pain I want to kill myself nobody will give me anything but Neurontin and I'm taking that 3 times today but I still feel pain feels like I can't lift my upper body up and it's hurting so bad I can't stand it Blue Shield denied my MRI until I'm in physical therapy for 6 weeks with medication but I'm not working that much so I don't know how I'm going to afford all this physical therapy so I have to wait 6 weeks and I'm afraid I'm going to hurt something even more and the pain is so bad now I can't even imagine living with it for 6 weeks and I guess this is going to be my life I don't know what I'm going to do for work cuz I'm not going to be able to do hygiene for very much longer I hope we don't be homeless


  • KChrispcatKChrispcat CaliforniaPosts: 64
    I'm sorry to hear about your situation. I don't know about you but Nuerontin doesn't seem to do anything for the pain. I hope the physical therapy helps. Hang in there!
  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,482
    Hollypwr, welcome to Spine Health!! I am so sorry you are in so much pain and no one is helping you.
    Have you called your insurance to see if they will pay for PT? Your doctor might be able to call or e-mail your insurance to wave the PT and approve the MRI.
    Sounds like you need to call your doctor tomorrow regarding your pain and the Neurontin not helping.
    You can always get a second opinion, which sometimes is a good thing.
    Please keep us posted on how you are doing.
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  •  I feel bad for you as well being in this situation. You shouldn't be suffering needlessly, especially since you've had previous back surgery. I had retrolisthesis develop after a microdiscectomy for disc herniation in my lumbar spine. The same disc blew 1 month post op too, and this led to a fusion several months later. Are you seeing a spine or pain specialist, and can you find another doctor? Neurontin alone won't cut it.

     For now try alternating with Tylenol with Motrin. Prescription strength Motrin comes in 800mg tablets, so 4 OTC Motrin tablets are the equivalent (of course check with your doctor first). Icy Hot w/ Lidocaine is great for muscular pain and numbing nerve pain. Ice pack and heating pad is also a good way to lessen the pain a bit. Hot shower or bath with Epsom salt also helps.

     If these self help measures don't work and the pain gets much worse, don't hesitate to go to the ER. I try not too because of the current anti narcotic atmosphere, but when I have to go I ask for a Toradol shot. It works great to relieve the pain for a few days. Most times the doctor will mercifully give me IV Dilaudid. I never ask for pain meds so I let them offer it. I always let them know I'm a pain clinic patient. They usually will send me home with a Medrol dose pack. Hopefully the doctor would order a CT scan at the ER so this could expedite the MRI you need.

     You could also try asking for a muscle relaxer. This will also be a big help because a blend of medications works the best with all aspects of back pain. I can't see why you can't be at least given Tramadol or Norco while you have to endure 6 weeks of PT.  See if they're willing to give you a TENS unit too. 

     I hope any of these suggestions will help you get some relief so that you can stay at your job while you're trying to take care of your back. Please let us know how things go. Take care..
    Ol' Spiney..Micro-D L4-L5, TLIF L4-S1 -post op central HNP L4-S1,stenosis, retrolisthesis, EF, facet arthropathy, lumbar& cervical DDD. FBSS- Medtronic pain pump & SCS
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,241
    hello hollypwr!
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