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Hi, I'm new here...

This is my first time posting here. I'm not sure where to start but will start with my current conditions- chronic sciatic pain;
I have scoliosis which was diagnosed several years ago; I believe it is mostly due to degenerative changes in my spine; the diagnosis is idiopathic scoliosis which I guess means the doctors are not certain of what caused it. I have my opinions about what has contributed to it. I have had multiple x-rays over the past 3-4 years, and one MRI this past year. I am currently on Tramadol, which I try to take only once a day, plus have tried Flexeril but it wasn't very effective. I recently started taking Neurontin as I had read it was effective for nerve pain, which is what I think I have been experiencing lately with the sciatic pain. I have been to PT twice this past year and though I believe it is good to strengthen my core, am not sure it will have much effect on the curves in my mid-thoracic and lumbar spine. I also use a TENS device which helps occasionally and only for a short time.
So, I guess I am here to hopefully get some info from others with similar issues on what has worked for them. I hate having to be dependent on meds but realize that at this point I likely have little choice. I do NOT want to have any surgeries! That is a last resort for me. When I literally cannot walk or take care of myself, then I guess the risk of not walking post-surgery will be less than it is now. I have been having some issues with ambulation lately which is why I asked to be put on a trial of Neurontin to see if that would be helpful. I love to walk and hike but that is becoming more difficult lately. No AT thru-hikes are in my future, I guess. And instead of being a member of the 4000-footer or 5000-footer club, I am confined to the half-way-up club. lol
But I will take what I can get at this point.
If anyone here has any input on how they overcome their diminishing abilities, I am willing to try anything (almost). At least what I can afford and what my insurance will cover, that is.


  • I can relate with your story. A year ago I was in the same position and starting to think of how I can manage my life in my diminished state. It must have been almost exactly a year ago that my Pain Doctor told me that given my significantly reduced leg strength that I should see the Ortho. I took his advice and ended up having surgery in December. I am much better now but still have some issues. I am happy to be off of Tramadol.
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