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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi All
I am a chronic pain patient with mostly lwr back issues and Fibromyalgia. Have had Fibro for 10 yrs and some back problems for awhile but especially worse over last 2 years and even worse last 3 months.
Just started seeing a Back Pain Specialist Doc Friday and will be having another series of bilateral fluorscopic steroid injections. They helped a bit in past.
If this time the leg/nerve pain is decreased and the back is still in pain we will look at other options for releif n ie.. surgery or other treatments?
Considered surgery back in Mar 08 with neurosurgeon but he suggested not yet could possibly open a can of worms and wanted me to wait a year or so and see how the back calms down itself. Well it hasn't done that it actually worsened and now has arthritis.

After reading some posts I feel I can empathise with a number of you. I look forward to reading more and posting when appropriate and learning from one another.
Thanks for Reading!
Sweety :)


  • I'm sorry to hear you suffer from so much pain. I've found Cymbalta helpful for the leg pain as well as the epidurals helped a bit also. I have DDD also but the same herniated disc L5-S1 has resolved but still have leg and back pain. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Your surgeon was a wise man not wanting to rush into surgery. Surgery holds no guarantees and can sometimes make things worse.

    I also have arthritis in my facet joints so I can totally relate to your pain. The injections also temporarily helped me and it led to having rhizotomys (nerve burn) about 1 x a year.

    Hopefully you are on the right course and will get some relief soon.

    Good luck and keep us posted.
  • Thanks JJ
    Yes my current Back Pain Doctor said the same thing that is was good at the time to take a conservative route. I took it though by his words and his look that he is concerned about the progress of my back. I think we will be moving a bit more aggresively now then in the past.
    Only worsening not getting any better on my own.
    What is this nerve burn is is a procedure or side effect?
    Thanks again
  • Hi Charry
    Wow Did it the discs resolve on its own or did you have surgery. I have also have severe DDD they tell me.
    Is the leg pain nerve pain, numbing, tingling? That is what I have in my legs. Have tried neurontin and lyrica could not do the side effects. This Doctor suggested Methadone for me in a low dosage he said they found it helps with nerve pain. It has gotten a bad rap from heroin users but it is a pain reliever. He gave me percocets for bt pain for now. I think he is waiting to see if the injections help first before trying something for nerve pain.
    Thanks for the warm welcome

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