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This pain in excruciating!!!

deann23ddeann23 Posts: 9
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:51 AM in Pain Management
My left leg is hurting so bad from my L3 herniation! Why is no meds im taking working?! Percocet 10 and soma! anyone have any advice on stopping the spasms?!


  • I never had any relief from pain medication before surgery. I was told that pain as a result from nerve injury rarely responds to pain medicine. Its different than joint pain, muscle pain, etc. I hope you find something to relieve your pain!!
  • deann23,
    The pain in the leg is actually coming from the nerve, which is inflammed, where the herniation of the nucleus pulposus is touching it. Medicines which decrease the inflammation can sometimes help, such as NSAID's or corticosteroids. Occassionally, the medicines given for chronic nerve pain such as the anticonvulsants Neurontin (gabapentin) and Lyrica (pregabalin), can help. Opioids don't seem to do very well for the pure nerve pain. Soma is a "muscle relaxant", but these medications really just make you sleepy, as they have no pharmacokinetic action directly on the muscle or neuromuscular units.
    You might ask your physician for some medicines that target the nerve impulses and the underlying problem, rather than just trying to mask the pain. Good luck.

  • Deann23,

    I am on 300mg a day of Lyrica for my L2/3/4 (L2&3 nerve roots), and it helps a LOT! Like Mogradh stated, opiates/narcotics don't do much if anything for nerve pain. I know before I was put on Lyrica, I could barely eat because the pain was so high I would toss! Sorry that's graphic, but just showing the point of (for me) how well nerve pain meds can work.

    I hope you can get with your doctor to visit the issue of nerve pain and a mix that helps that. Please let us know how it goes.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I guess we all are different. Opiates/narcotics are the only thing that eases my nerve pain.

    Thanks to Diladuid in my pain pump and Oxycodone for BT pain I am now almost 100% pain free. I do take Skelaxin for muscle spasams. These are the only meds I am on except for BP meds, and I have nerve damage in both my feet and legs. Also a pinched nerve in my thigh and the burning/scalding pain from it is gone.

    Today I have no pain at all.

    Patsy W :H
  • I had relief from Cymbalta and Oxycontin. I see you take percocet but seems Oxycontin is good for level pain relief throughout the day for me with no Tylenol in it. I also use an infrared platinum heating pad which reliefs my leg and foot pain. 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
  • I don't know what to do. I'm in SO much pain I can't sleep. I take 4mg dilaudid pills about 2 or 3 at a time but stopped since I wasn't getting relief. Tonight I tried taking 2 and still nothing. My dr wants to do a 2 level fusion L3-L5 but being it's a workmans comp issue it's taking forever for them to dig up old records while I sit in pain and wait. I see an ER trip for pain relief VERY soon!! I'm even starting to get sharp and tingling pain in my "private" area. UGH
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