Hello everyone. I hope you are all doing well. I've posted on the board about my back issues maybe two or three times and have gotten pretty good suggestions from people. Even though I've taken them into account and have seen seven doctors, my back has only gotten worse within the past seven months. I haven't worked since May of this year and I have to apply for temporary disability. I can no longer stand for 10 minutes without pain, it's more like 3-5. The osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis (l1-s1), disc herniations (l4-5) and osteophytes (l1-l5) make it hard to get out of bed in the morning, shower (which I now do sitting down) bend, twist, etc. The numbness, burning, and tingling hasn't improved, and as a result of that, I now walk slower than before and with a limp. My pt said one of my hips is out of alignment and is making my right leg shorter.
I have been told that I will need fusion surgery in the near future (within a year or so) because it is so bad. I have done physical therapy (2 months, 3x a week) heat, ice, tens, NSAIDs, taken gabapentin, flexeril (muscle spasms in my neck) methylprenisolone (oral steroids) and am currently on meloxicam, which is supposed to be like a strong Aleve. A bit pointless since NSAIDs and even narcotics (was on hydro codon) haven't worked. One of my orthopedic surgeons told me that I should try transforaminal epi injections. The other (whom I have way more trust in) told me that I should try them but he doesn't think they will work as my condition is so severe and congenital at a young age. I was wondering if anyone had luck with that; as I have heard over time, the effectiveness of the steroid wears off with each shot given. How is the pain? How was your pain level reduced after a few days? Did you have more than one? I get mine next Monday (l4-5, l5-s1 bilaterally) and am somewhat anxious. Even though I do have tattoos, nothing beats a needle going into your spine. Sorry for the rant, just love to be mentally prepared.
Thanks for the replies in advance. It's much appreciated. Stay healthy!