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3 herniated discs/1 bulging --1yr no pain relief yet

jackie123jjackie123 Posts: 2
edited 01/23/2013 - 6:30 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Okay. I will try and make this as short as I can while still including all the major details.
Im new to this site..and new to talking to other people about this in general so any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Almost 1 yr ago i woke up …and just had excruciating lower back pain. I had no trauma, no accident, no nothing!
I figured everyone gets back pain once in a while…i was in nursing school at the time (22 y/o now) and so i figured maybe i was just studying a lot and had bad posture. Few weeks go by… pain never went away and then i developed extreme leg weakness, numbness, and tingling that prevented me from walking very far if at all. I went to a neurologist…had a lumbar spine MRI and it showed a bulging disc L3-L4… he put me on stupid medications (flexeril, celebrex, tylenol with codeine)…and sent me to physical therapy. meds didn't help so i stopped taking them and PT lasted 5 months and i still had excruciating pain 24/7..no sleep..no eating..nothing. Since, i have seen 2 more neurologists, a pain specialist, and orthopedist, and a chiropractor (who almost killed me).. i have had 2 EMG's … been told i was crazy and it was all on my head and was told to go on antidepressants… i have had an MRI of my brain to rule out MS (came back clean)..then finally my third neuro who prescribed me vicodin, which doesn't help either, sent me for MRI of cervical and thoracic spine after i explained to her i get no positional relief or ANY pain relief whatsoever and that i had developed difficulty breathing when laying down. MRI showed 3 herniated discs in my thoracic spine at the levels T7-T8, T8-T9, and T11-T12. okay… so she prescribed me more Physical therapy..i said i already spent 5 months there with no results. they had nothing to say.
so not only do i barely sleep and take ridiculous meds at night to try and do so
but the pain hasn't gone aways since i woke up with it and it only worsens
leg weakness, occasional numbness and tingling still exists..but mostly the feeling that debilitates me the most is the crushing feeling i feel 24/7 on my spine. as if someone is crushing me. all. the. time. i could go on and on about the different pain i feel during every waking moment but i think thats sufficient to get my point

i scheduled PT again…
i also made an appointment with an ortho surgeon just to see what his suggestions are

but i haven't been able to work as a nurse because some days i can barely walk…or even breathe
so frankly, I'm at a loss. I'm mentally and physically exhausted and need help
but everyone looks at me and tells me to just "hang in there" "its only temporary"….


  • barcabbarca Posts: 24
    edited 02/05/2013 - 4:04 PM
    Sorry to hear of your pain...I am in the same boat with my tspine...all pain no solutions. Sad to see nobody responded to your post. I am basically in the same boat...tried chiro who made things worse, tried pt which did nothing, refuse to take muscle relaxers or opiates. Trying acupuncture next just because its worth a shot.

    Foam rolling to do thoracic mobility and stretching has been the only things keeping me sane. I also notice if I stretch my trapezius and levator scapulae muscles it helps a little. Wish I had some good answers for u. How are you doing now? Any relief?
  • I get same spasms, foam roller knocks out severe spasm.
    See if you can get a doc to rx valium. It works best for sleep and getting thru
    Spasm. Ask about foam exersize roller...2 best things
    Stretching front and back muscles keeping muscles balanced.
    Depending on how bad you are hurt.!.will depict the healing time
    You have an advantage being young you should heal fast.
    I no eating is the last thing on your list, but if you can get help
    With food, eat the highest vitamin content good things you can
    Magnesium is one vitamin that is good f I
  • For healing nerves and muscle. Vitamin D and get ab out 15 minutes of sun to help with sleep
    You can buy melatonin. It is all natural and should make you sleepy
    Epsoms salts baths loosen t ought sore muscles and get magnesium into your system
    Hope some of this gives you some relief.
    Each little thing helps a little, no one thing is gona be a huge help unles you can try that roller
    That helped my muscles cram p s tremendously, i still hurt but the roller is awesome
    God luck
    Please post back and let us know if you have found any tricks that might help us too!
  • rx2manrrx2man Posts: 4
    edited 03/20/2013 - 6:03 PM
    Worked great for me for a while but it got to the point where I poped 1 and hour for a total of 5 and did not do a thing. Was not even sleepy....no effect. Thats what you are going to find. Flexeril, worthless from the begining, Valium worked great for a couple months. Zanaflex is starting to not work. 7.5/325 vicodins, got to 2 every 4 hours. Stretching does not work, seems like I over stretch and makes it worse. Rollers let everything pop and crackle but thats about it. I am affraid to leave the house now as I am grumpy with a short fuse had my 1st fight in 25 years, I am 42 so since high school. I knocked my shoulder out of socket. That hurts as well....A LOT. Got a shot at the docs office and was tired of waiting so I stepped on my hand and pulled, got it back in. Went to jail for the 1st time in Jan. Excessive drinking AND pain meds AND went completely off my rocker. Be careful as you can make things worse when you are not thinking straight. The fight last week has made my back pain even worse.....Stupid me.
  • I have 3 herniated/bulging discs in my neck. I decided that I would try Acupuncture since steroid injections in my neck didn't appeal to me. The pain was gone by 80% after the 1st treatment. I still have numbing down my left arm and I still feel some discomfort, but overall the pain is manageable. I've gone back to acupuncturist a total of 3 times now . . .I'm sleeping better and taking less meds. I highly recommend Acupuncture. See if you can get a recommendation from someone that you trust. Good Luck.
  • thoracic spine painthoracic spine pain Posts: 566
    edited 04/23/2013 - 1:10 PM
    I have had throracic spine pain for 7 years , wedge crushed T5 80% .Drs think it should be stable because it's attached to my ribs. Because I damaged my muscles and ribs at the same time my thoracic injuries are not stable.

    I've been to hell and back, given up work and had drs tell me pain is relative, of course it's b%%% relative. Am currently on oxycontin and rivatril. Oxycontin (finally got it because they are so strict in Australia) did not work by itself but worked when combined with a muscle relaxant.

    Did a pain clinic which was absolute agony - then had to put up with the specialist going beserk because I said it made my pain worse. Have recently read with thoracic pain not to twist or move, or put ur arms above ur head, because it exacerbates the pain. Tried acupuncture, hypnosis cranial facial massage, physio, oesteo, hypnosis, everything and it just made it worse.

    My hips weren't aligned, discovered this myself , and have built up shoes on one side which works and wear them everyday.Am now trying a brace to stop my spine twisting all the time and it seems to help. 3 nearly pain free days because it stops my ribs from twisting for the first time ever. I take Endep, amitriptaline to sleep - still wake up in pain but at least I get some sleep. It has to be taken about 3 hours before you want to go to sleep.

    When I go to a specialist now I take a family member so they believe me, otherwise I just ramble because of the pain and end up in tears. Am also eating a grapefruit every day, getting some sun, stopping twisting my spine which the brace helps, until I got one I didn't realise how much I twisted every day. I worked out that if you twist every day your muscles can never get better - I also know this pain is not in my head.

    Wanted to get a certain specialist, break his arm then keep moving it everyday and tell him pain is relative. Not really just joking. I also got a magnetic underlay which helped with some of the pain, don't know why.

    Of course I'm depressed - I never had a day off work before this accident, had about 9 months leave. Refuse to take SSRI's I know why I'm depressed, and have seen normal people turned into zombies. If you have damaged muscles they need time to heal in the right place so hopefully the brace will work for me. It is absolute crap and has changed my life absolutely. Never thought it would happen to me and didn't believe people with back pain myself 'cause u can't tell except for the eyes that people are in pain. Also tried to cover for years, not a good way to go. Am going to an ortho I got from this site because I figure if he has taken the time to read some of the posts he must be a good doctor.
  • Jonathon nicolJJonathon nicol Posts: 1
    edited 02/18/2015 - 1:03 AM
    I have 3 slippes discs and one that was a minor bulge which i now think is completely slipped, there all in my lumbar and for the last 6 months ive only been able to work a day on day off and sometimes its weeks off, im a fisherman which makes it really difficult to get through the days with next to no pain killers. Was wondering if you found a good pain killer in the end? Thanks

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