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Back pain??

I have had back pain for over 2 and a half years now and have had 4 epidurals. I have also had a operation on my L5 about 6 months ago and I am in more pain now then before!! I'm on zomorph tablets but I am still in pain! Please help??


  • DeanoDDeano Posts: 3
    edited 09/08/2013 - 5:58 AM
    Hi sandi, I had a Herniated disc on the L5 and was put on tramadol then sent to have a MRI scan. The disc was on the Nerve but where I was left waiting for a Operation the Nerve was damaged, so I'm waiting to see the surgeon to see where I go from here! But in the mean time I'm on morphine, well zomorph 120 a day but I am still in Severe pain! I am so Depressed and my world has become so small as I was really fit and loved to keep in shape, but most days I can't get out of bed!! I am also waiting for another MRI scan and a pain management specialist! It's hard to be Positive when your in pain all the time, what do you guys do?
  • I understand, the months that I waited to see what was going on with my spine, after I had the flare up, and then that pop, when you know something is going on.....but don't know what seemed to be never ending and the pain had me sobbing in my sleep...
    The worst thing that you can do is lay in bed. No matter how much it hurts, you have to get up, and keep moving, keep walking, because the inactivity only weakens your spinal muscles even more, as well as adding to the stiffness, and the increase in pain when you do try to do things.
    That's not to say that you should go out to the gym and lift weights or run on a treadmill, but you do need to be up and moving around, even if it is just a little bit, a few steps at a time, as many times a day as you can possibly manage it.
    I used motrin, alot, too much in fact, but I lived on it for months, alternating naproxen, and tylenol.......I used TENS, chiropractor, heating pads, and heat patches, ice, hot showers, massage, instant rice in a sock, warmed in the microwave for two minutes, topical ointments and creams you can buy in the pharmacy all were what helped me survive until I saw a surgeon finally for a consult.
    Are you seeing a pain management doctor? Have they done injections or tried you on any of the nerve pain medications, such as Cymbalta or Lyrica or gabapentin? If not, then they are definately some medications that might help to calm the nerve pain for the interim until a decision is made about surgery, and you may find that if the nerve is permanently damaged, you may need to be on one of them for a long while.
    Cymbalta is used to treat both depression and is very useful for treating neuropathic pain.
    Opiates really do not help neuropathic pain with the exception of methadone, which is some people works wonders in helping treat both mechanical pain and neuropathic pain.
    Have you had an emg yet? This is a test done to see if and where the nerve damage is coming from and to determine the extent of it.
    There is a link at the bottom of my post to a thread titled 'step by step guide to getting chronic back pain treated'.......read it if you haven't, it gives you an outline to the steps to treating chronic back pain.....
  • Thank you for your reply and your advise! Sorry for the late reply been away for a few days.. I can totally relate to everything you have talked about from the Tens to heat pads, inflamitry and pain kills. I think I will ask my docter about some of the nearve meds you have talked about! I have been trying to get up and get more active but my leg gives away underneath me. The mustel in my leg and bum cheek has lost a lot of mustel ton, did this happen to you or have you heard of it? I have had 4 to 5 injections in my spine and out of all the injections only one helped and one made it worse! I haven't had a EMG but now you have said that I'll ask for doctor about it. I asked my doctor about seeing a pain specialist but he said that the pain clinic don't start till October. I just want to say a big thank you, because you can feel alone when you are go through the pain!
  • You're welcome.........that's what I am here for.........to help when I can. Give the neuropathic meds a try. You may have to try more than one and give them at least one dose adjustment if they don't work for you right away, because they need to build a steady blood plasma level for you to get the maximum benefit.
    Yes, I have lost too much muscle tone and muscle period, and I have a bilateral complete foot drop so I understand. It sounds like there is a nerve compression maybe scar tissue or something that is causing the nerve pain. An EMG might show the doctor where it is coming from and how badly the nerve is impacted.
    Hang in there Dean, we all understand how lonely it can be while we are watching everyone else go on with their lives, and it feels like we are just stagnating.....you will get answers , so don't give up.
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