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Nerve pain. Help! Immediate response please!!!!

hammons1998hhammons1998 Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:02 AM in Pain Medications
I had a cage revision in 2/11 and extended a fusion from L4-L5 to L4-S1. Woke up from surgery and couldn't feel my foot. Gradually got feeling back but was at a standstill since 5/11. Went in for 6 mo. post-op visit and they did a CT mylogram. I have bone fragments hitting the nerve root. Was told surgery to remove fragments would only give me a 50% chance to get rid of pain. I don't know what to do! I have a spinal cord Stimulator for my back but it doesn't help my leg and toes that are in so much pain. I was told I need to think about my quality of life and how much pain I can bear. If surgery doesn't work then I will be shipped back to pain mgt. I've already seen 3 pain docs and had 2 different types of pain injections. So what is left? I've heard Cymbalta has helped some and also Tramadol. I'm allergic to Lyrica and neurontin.
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  • Stacey,

    I am so sorry for your pain..... My first C1/C2 fusion failed to fuse and my wires were rubbing on my C2 nerve root. There is nothing worse than nerve pain, and from my experience I don't think I would ever be happy if I hadn't tried everything to try and to resolve as much as I could.

    I tend to be an optimist, but a 50% chance seems like a bet I would be willing to take. When I had my revision surgery, the surgeon told me she wasn't sure if it would make my headaches go away or not, but I knew that I had to try. If you had a 50% chance of winning a million dollars, would you take it? :)

    Monica
    April 2011 C1-C2 Fusion (Brooks wiring)
    January 2012 C1-C2 Revision Fusion (Harms Technique)
    2010 - current: Trigger Point Injections, Epidural Injections, Bilateral C2-C3 Radiofrequency Ablations
  • i too can't take the gaba type drugs .so my consultant put me on a heavy amount of oxycontin and oxynorm for BT pain ..i also use a TENS ..your SCS should help with leg pain ..is there anything wrong with it ? from what i know SCS don't do much for mechanical back pain {words from my consultant }but work very well on the nerves for the legs /foot ..maybe your SCS NEEDS attention??
    tony[UK]
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
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