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back from pain clinic

I left crying. The nurse practitioner basically said they doubt surgery is an option for me. Also I can come in for more injections but my condition will get worse with time. She prescribed me lyrica but no narcotics even for rescue. Im feeling quite sad.


  • I read your previous post. Why do they think nothing can be done? Cord compression is a big deal, and although not always surgical, it is definitely worth getting a second opinion. Maybe your new baby is why they are hesitant to try narcotics? I wouldn't give up on pain management, but I would seek a second opinion about your options for treatment.
  • ReadyforchangeRReadyforchange Posts: 90
    edited 02/27/2015 - 12:19 PM
    I appreciate the support. Who knows why they do what. I won't be doing a cervical epidural without pain killers for a few days after though. I will tell them that before I go.
  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,804
    The ESI is not that bad. Why is a NP advising you in regards to surgury, is that her opinion or is she reading doctor report? Not to disrespect NP in a spinal aspect , but they do well to maintain medicine in those areas and manage treatment but sheer knowledge about spine and spinal conditions I found them lacking. In terms of thoracic spine all they ever did was say they would ask the doctor or bring him in to answer more in depth questions. I am not a fan of NP in diagnosing aspect or really digging down to meat of the spinal issue.
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
  • I have had multiple ESI's. It all depends. For me, a couple were not that bad. Others left me in serious pain for a day or two. Maybe the set off muscle spasms, but whatever it was, I would not want to do it without pain medication.
  • I appreciate the feedback. The NP read theMRI report. I read thecal sac indention, moderate stenosis on the right,and cord flattening. My issue is spondlylosis/ arthritis so I "want" surgery. That being said I don't see a surgeon until Wednesday. I am dealing with constant headaches, right arm and shoulder issues and general pain.

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