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L5/S1 very large disc compression

edited 03/20/2015 - 3:33 AM in Chronic Pain
I have had a CT scan and the results are. At L4/5 there is minor annulus laxity but no significant sized disc extrusion and no evidence of nerve root compression at foremen or lateral level. At L5/S1 there is very large disc extrusion compression the thermal sac centrally and right paracentrally and the origin of the right S1 nerve root (and probably S2). Iam in pain 24/7 have been given all sorts of pain relief but it only helps alittle. Doctor has just put me on Lyrica 75mg can have one tablet twice a day. Has anyone else use this cos it doesn't seem to be doing anything to help.



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  • PlumbTuckeredOutPlumbTuckeredOut Philadelphia, PAPosts: 325
    So to speak, this has been my pot of gold for 40 some odd years. Once doctors started to believe that I could have back pain, I was injured in a swimming accident at 8 years old, the problem with my L5-S1 disc was imaged. Few people have a S2 disc. Mine is partially formed. My first surgery was in 1998 and was done by a neurosurgeon going in when no other doctor would. What he found was spinal stenosis and he cleaned that up as well as doing a laminectomy on L5/s1, S2.
    A decade later, same surgery again because I had severe weakness on the right side-again.
    And now I am attending a pain clinic. The disc is "on the loose again" as well as now, other discs, and arthritis, and stenosis. The first med they tried was Lyrica and I hated it but it helped- but I took it for a month before seeing improvement. The Lyrica helps the nerve related pain or, for me, the "background pain". I am also on MS-contin and Percocet but I sincerely think the Lyrica helps with the "aching stuff" which the narcotics hadn't helped in the past.
    Give it some time although I realize that is not something that is easy to do when in pain!

    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by...... (Robert Frost)
    I still don't know if I should have taken the one that said, "Caution! Dead End" (Me)
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