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lisasherman2011llisasherman2011 Posts: 2
edited 04/29/2015 - 8:26 PM in Chronic Pain
I know many of you have been in my shoes. I hope you can give e some ideas of how to deal with it. I have arthritis in my ankles, knees. facet joints and bone spurs in my shoulders. I'm 41 and my pain management doc keeps shooting me up with steroids with the promise that it will work. After 3 rounds on the right side on my l3 and l4 and 1 round on my left there is no change. Plus the steroids make me very sick for about 2 days after the shots. I am seeing the psychologist he wanted me to see. And he thinks that I need to find another doctor. My depression and pain was at such a low and high last night that if my son wasn't here I wouldn't be here telling you this now. If I don't get some sleep and some relief from the pain soon I will go crazier then I already am lol. The research I have done shows that the shots are all the rage now. My body can't take anymore steroids. I can use all the advice I can get. Thank you.

Lisa Sherman


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  • Afraid....You should be. After my pain visit yesterday I should have went to the ER and may still. This being said I love my pain center but all it takes is one bad apple. I got a new Dr mine just had a baby so wow knows when she will be back. That's all it takes to upset the entire process is on bad apple. The women I got talked about new procedures that will be in the states in 6 months, I could have 10 more surgeries by then what about my pain now (ignored). I'm barely walking and if that's the case why am I in a pain center to begin with. Certainly not their mission statement...... I'm going to post in a second but your not alone and based on pain center horror stories you should be afraid as now I have one of my own...

  • I am no expert but I do have pain/ spine issues like everyone else here. We are here to support you and each other. I don't know if you need to find another Dr but I can tell that you are emotionally as well as physically exhausted. Ease up on yourself a little. Can you go outside for a minute? Look at the sun, feel the wind on your face. Notice how things are starting to bloom. Change your focus even if you are only able to do it for one minute. Walk a little. Exercise causes the body to release natural endorphins that are similar to pain killers. Get a cat. they are loving and don't need much maintenance.

    Lisa, I am sending you healing thoughts and prayers. Let us support you and help you to carry this.

  • Lisa watch comedies and eat nice food. They will distract you lots from thinking about the pain all the time.
    I did it and still am doing it and it works. When you start laughing while whatching a movie and chewing on some nice chocolate or some pop corn I guarantee you you will forget about the pain and your brain will have a break too from all this torment.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,856
    edited 04/30/2015 - 5:55 AM
    Osteoarthritis is a terrible condition. It is one that there is no known cure for today. The steroid injections are helpful in providing some pain relief, but there comes a point, where you should never have another steroid (in one area). Forget about the Spinal ESIs for now, but more about joint steroid injections. Shoulders, hip, knees, ankles, etc. This is where arthritis has been wearing down the joint to the point where you have bone on bone. At that point, surgery is about your only answer.
    For more information about arthritis, visits, Spine-Healths sister site Arthtisi Help

    Back Issues What was the reason for the ESIs for L3 and L4> Is there are disc problem? (herination, stenosis, DDD, etc)
    Those steroid injections work in the same fashion as joint steroid injections, but in my personal opinion, they do not offer the same amount of pain relief. Have any other options been offered to you?

    Depression That is one of the most common conditions for people dealing with spinal problems. It gets more involved when you have people living in chronic pain. We all know and accept that for the physical pain their are medications we can take to help with that. But when it comes to our emotional pain, many people don't want to discuss it. Almost embarrassed to say it. Let me reassure you, here on Spine-Health, you will never get that feeling from another member. We all can understand depression.
    How we deal with it will differ from person to person. Many times, a support system is so very important. Spine-Health can provide such a function. Reaching out to others in similar situations, you will soon get responses from many different people.

    Lisa, in one way or another, I am sure that you can get some help in many ways while being a member of Spine-Health
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  • Welcome to Spine Health.
    What is it you want?
    Define what and where you want to be...
    Your going to have many feelings,from all 3 areas coming at you all at the same time.

    Lets talk about it.
    Le5s separate the warp and weft of this dark fabric blocking the light
    Lets find a loose thread that we can use to unravel pain,emotional and spiritually.

    It can begin as soon as you decide to take "it" back
    Your life
    Decide to fight
    Even when the floor is your friend
    When the darkness calls day and nite
    When you cant go on...you will.
    You matter
    Your life matters
    You are worthy.
    Be gentle on yourself
    William Garza
    Spine-Health Mod

    Welcome to Spine-Health

  • egr78eegr78 Posts: 26
    edited 05/02/2015 - 7:50 AM
    Hi. I am 36 years old and have had to file for ssdi. Please try to hang in there. I know it can be a tough battle. I have been where you are, more than once, and somehow made it thru. Just know that there are others, especially on here, who will support you thru your journey. Also as someone else said try to not be so hard on yourself. I am just starting to realize that myself . This is a battle in and of itself but it might make you feel a little better in the long run. Just never give up. Good luck and prayers your way!!
    Erin Roche
    L5/S1 Hemilaminectomy
    SCS implant in 2012
    plus much much more...
  • The morning light is always better. Don't give up hope. Very good ideas from others who have replied. We have all been there- and I continue to have downer days as well. I find on my most depressed day; I take a shower, put on my nicest clothes, apply makeup, and give myself a nice hair curl. Slowly thru my work day I mentally feel better about how my body hurts and how I was sad. Easier said than done I know....hang in there, life will get better. Ranch hand, I like your post.
  • This journey has definitely broken me out of my routine. There is certainly positive things in that but I definitely understand the fear. God gave me a really good imagination and I an really get worked up sometimes. My surgery will be June 9 so I will keep you posted. I would really like to know how you are today Lisa.

    ...and thanks Daniel. Leave it to you to put a smile on my face even when I don't feel like it. : )
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