This is for my adult daughter.
In brief I will explain hers.
l5 - s1 herniated - degenerative disk disease, spinal arthritis, stoniness, scoliosis.
She is 27 yrs old - PG with child #5 - about 7.5 months with due date of Jan 15, 2010
Prier to becoming pg ( which was a opps ) she was "OK" using percocets & Vicodin for her pain. Doses varied day to day based on her pain level. Her average was 5 mg perks 3 to 4 pills daily with 500 mg ( I think that mg is right, they were the lower end mg wise )Vicodins 2 to 3 daily.
It never took her pain away but made her life do able. She was just getting ready to ask for a new MRI as she suspects new damage/injuries to spine as of different and new and higher levels of pain. When she found out she was PG.
She has made it this far through her PG with taking 2 percocets a day as that is all her OB/GYN will give her, as of safety concerns for the unborn baby.
She finally contacted a Pain Management Dr who takes care of PG women ( boy was that hard to find ! ). The PM Dr and the OB Dr are talking back and forth of what to do for her. Right now her OB wants her to stop all drugs and get a permanent epidural. She told my daughter that is what she will agree to when her and the PM Dr. talk ( some time next week ). She informed her that she will not be giving her any more drugs.
We ( as in our family ) know very little about this permanent epidural. However my daughter is in tears about it as - she feels ( and I am not sure myself ) that her epidurals is what may have weakened her spine to start with.
Allow me to explain - she had a epidural with labor in all of her children. The first 2 went like text books. The 3rd one took about 17 :jawdrop: attempts to get in correctly!
The 4th one took about 4 attempts but then she needed 3 blood patches done as of the never ending migraines she was having after the last epidural.
Within 2 months of having her 4th child she was walking across the floor of her home and her back "went". her legs went numb and she lost bowel and bladder control.
At the hospital they wanted to operate on her NOW. However the hospital they wanted her to go to did not have a bed. So she stayed at the original hospital waiting for a bed. mean while being giving mass doses of steroids and pain meds. A few days later the surgeon came back and said that since she regained control of her bowel and bladder and her pain was under control she did not need surgery after all :??
She was sent home and did PT 3 x a week for 2 yrs - never making any progress with her pain or back weakness.
Now ........ this permanent epidural ?
Thoughts, opinions please ?
PS: Also last week she asked me to look at her back. At the top of her but crack her back dints in like 2" to 3" and the top part of the back bone is protruding forward ( about 3" above her but crack ) pressed against the skin. That area is VERY hot to the touch. She says this is where most of her pain is now. Her OB did not even look at it just said to her "well you are PG".
The PM Dr. has never met my daughter. She won't even met her until her OB gives the final OK. All this talk on her end has been over the phone to my daughter and to the OB.
PSS: This PM Dr. was referred to us by a TOP Hospital that treats women for any OB/GYN issues and takes care of the high risk PG women. They said she is the only PM dr around who will take care of pain in PG women.
L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.