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back pain

moklingmmokling Posts: 2
edited 12/16/2014 - 8:51 PM in Lower Back Pain
im new here and if my questions has already been answerred forgive me . the question is does exercises make the pain of lower back lessen? I have had lower back pain almost 5 years now.My primary doctor has done x rays and an mri.I was taking tramadol and now gabepentin.I only take one dose at bed time because i cant drive and use the gabepentin.So last visit he recommended me to a orthopedic specialist.I looked forward to this because i had high hopes.could i be living each day with less pain The visit to me was a joke.He did not believe in medicating he said take Tylenol handed me a print out with exercises and said to do them for a mon th and then come back. Then the course of action would be an injection.( im very scared of this and you cant be put under to get it) I would rather have a surgery then take a shot with no knock out stuff. Is this the normal course when seeing a orthopedic specialist It feels to me a waste of time and money.
ahh to be normal again!!


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    Many members will tell you back surgery has no guarantees and best to try conservative treatment first, what diagnosis have you been given?

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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Hi, I totally understand where you are coming from. I have had severe lower back pain for 2 years. After numerous injections, that were done fluoroscopically and didn't work, the doctor recommended an L5/S1 anterior fusion, and I am still in pain a year after the fusion.
    I had tried physical therapy prior to surgery, along with steroids, and injections. I went to the most reputable neurosurgeon in the area and the fusion did not do a thing for my lower back pain. It did take away the numbness going down my right leg, which was a good thing. Now the surgeon is saying it's my SI joints, but I'm not sure I believe that. I am back in physical therapy twice a week, but so far I haven't found any relief. I will continue it though because at this point I don't know what else to try.
    Just to encourage you, almost all doctors will want you to do the injections and steroids before surgery. I have had over 9 injections in 2 years and they truly are not that bad. Just a little pain with the numbing medicine and then you really don't feel too much else, just some pressure depending on what area they are injecting. The SI joint area was the worst of any of them, but still bearable compared to the pain I live in daily. I would use ice packs that day and evening and then the injection site pain goes away. Unfortunately, they only last a few hours if that, and then I'm back in pain. I am fortunate that my neurosurgeon still prescribes a pain med for me, but I think eventually he will stop. I am trying everything I can to get out of pain as the meds really don't do much for me.
    I sure hope you can get some relief, living in pain is not like anything I've ever experienced prior to this.
    Take care.
  • my primary doctor diagnosed me with Spondylolisthesis said my vertebrae stick over each other.This doc said it was arthritis
    ahh to be normal again!!
  • condition than your primary. It is the surgeons job to examine you, discuss your symptoms and review the images to determine what is causing your symptoms.
    The injections are over in a matter of a few seconds, once the lidocaine injection is done to numb the area. There really is no need for sedation to have them.
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