Good Day Everyone!
I'm not a big poster...more of a lurker. I have gained much info from these forums over the last couple of years.
Thanks to all the posters who share their stories and thoughts!
I have to share that after years of pain I can say right now that I'm 100% Pain Free and off all meds! (Oxycodone, Baclafen, Lyrica, Cymbolta, Senacot)
Epidural Steroid Injections do work!!!!!
The last three + years have been a nightmare. My life has been: Struggling to work 9 hrs a day sitting at a computer, then 4-6 or so hours on the couch and whatever sleep I could get in the bed. Then start all over again. I have had multiple sets of injections, PT and a spinal cord stimulator that does not cover the intense nerve pain that runs from my back to my toes.
If you look at my history you will see that I have been thru some stuff between Lung and Back Surgery.
My PM was very frustrated with me and didn’t know what to do any more for my constant complaining. He sent me to a new Neurosurgeon. This guy is top notch and immediately informed me that my fusion was only half done, with screws and rods only on my right side. I have no idea why my old Neuro didn't do both sides. So new Neuro orders a L5-S1 ESI to see if there is any chance a redo of the fusion will reduce my pain. The morning after my ESI I awake to a very different feeling…..NO PAIN……OMG I don’t know how to act. I have been very low key as the last ESI that helped only lasted 2 weeks. So far it will be three weeks Wednesday and no sign of that never ending nerve pain. I have my follow up with my PM this afternoon to give him the news.
Just wanted to let everyone know to keep trying no matter how bad it seems.
Wishing everyone a pain free Minute, Day, Week, Month, Year or forever!