I hurt my back the first time in 1994 when I slipped on the ice and fell. Since then there have been two other harsh falls with months of pain. This last time I did not fall or anything but it has been two years since the last big fall. Gradually my back and right leg had increased pain. I went to my doctor first as I was having an arthritic flare and she prescribed Arthritec two times a day. A few days later the pain increased and I went to a walk in clinic and the doctor prescribed gabapentin 300mg four times a day. Then the pain was out of this world and my husband took me to emergency where they did a CT scan and found that L5 was shrinking, L4 was bulging and S1 as well. The siactic nerve pain was insane. The ER doctor sent me home with hydromorphone 4mg every four hours. Went to my family doctor and she upped the gabapentin to 500mg five times a day and my Elavil to 75mg. A few days later if you can imagine the pain got so bad I could not move and my daughter called and ambulance. The doctor prescribed 50mg of Fentanyal patch. IT helps so much with the other combinations. My family doctor added another 12mg to the Fentanyal patch. I am now on 75mg of Elavil, 2500mg gabapentin, 62mg Fentanyal patch, 75/200mg arthritec 2x a day. Right now I am waiting to get a shot in my L4 to bring swelling down etc. I hope it helps. I am going to a phsiotherapist as well and the exercises and knowledge help. I am gradually losing weight after having a huge weight gain from prednisone a few years back. Lost 64 pounds thus far and have another 60 or so to go. I hope I can get this painful back under control. I also have arthritis in my wrists and ankles. There is an issue with my breast bone as well. Thanks for reading my intro, feel free to ask me questions or answer my problems
What can I expect if I need surgery and these shots do not work?