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sciatic pain

bhinziebbhinzie Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Spinal Stenosis
My pain, rather symptoms started in April of 2008. No pain, just an irritating numbness on the bottom of my left foot. With in 6 weeks or so I started getting pain in my left but cheek. X-Rays and MRI's failed to expose the problem so I went in for a procedure called a discogram. The Dr. puts a needle in the suspected disc; in my case the L5/S1. and then another needle into an adjacent disc. When air pressure was applied to the good disc I felt no discomfort, but when the put the air into the L5/S1 WOW..terrible pain there at the disc, but nothing down the leg. The injected a contract dye, which when x-rayed clearly showed several fissures in my disc that were leaking lots of dye...so under the knife I went. They went in though my stomach and put a couple of Titanium plates at the L5/S1, Months of painful recovery and rehab and no real improvement. I still suffer moderate to severe pain, mainly in my butt. I get the worse pain from sitting. I sit for my job, and a lot of it is multi-day conf meetings that run 10=12 hrs a day. I then went to a pain specialist one year after my surgery and he has got my pain under much better control using Fentanyl patches. I have the worse time keeping the 3 day patches on for more than a day or two. I still take Percocet for breakaway pain, but I’m clearly taking too many drugs. My current Dr. performed two facet blocks and I got pretty good, short time relief and so he proceeded to perform some sort of radio wave treatment on the facet area, but 5 weeks later I’m still in a lot of pain. from the ball of my foot, up the outside of my left leg and its really bad in the center of my but...any suggestions?


  • I know it seems kind of late in the game to ask if your doc has you taking any kind of medication for the nerve pain. Something like Neurontin, Lyrica, Cymbalta, Tegretol ...

    Although I have had surgery that corrected my lumbar issues, I still have to take Neurontin in order to kept the pain in my legs and feet tolerable.

    If you got short term relief from the facet blocks, there's also a good chance that spinal cord stimulation would provide you some relief as well.

    Are you being treated by a Pain Management specialist now, or still the same doc who did your fusion?

    Welcome to Spine Health.

  • I appreciated you comments about the meeds. I stated in another post that narcotic pain medicine provided little relief when active. I now take Cylmbalta and 100 of Lyrica. Working well for me. Cymbalta was not enough to stop the pain in my calves and feet. Lyrica is that "extra" that calmed the pain in my feet and legs. I still, and always will, when sitting in most chairs feel discomfort. I have come to accept that.

    FYI: I have been discouraged by my docs to have surgery. I am 50 and working and surgery is not in sight. Meds are working well in conjunction with stretching exercises and swimming, I add that it has taken three years to come to where I am now.

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