Just to sum up, I have:
Discogenic disease, spondylosis, diffuse posterior disc bulges and facet joint arthropathy at both L4/L5 & L5/S1.
Moderate degree of end plate osteitis @ L4/L5 secondary to chronic discovertebral trauma. L5/S1 has a central radial annular tear.
It's been a 5 year battle and surgery is this summer, but I've had:
(2) Epidurals - Neither offered relief and I had a bad reaction to both. Spasms the first time to where I had to get 6 injections in my back the following day to release them and the second time, I had to have an injection an hour after the procedure because I couldn't breathe well from tightness from spasms.
I've been on:
Arcoxia 120mg once a day then 60mg twice a day
Dolo-neurobian (basically voltaren, but has B vitamins in it)
Vitamin B shots.
Out of them all, I get most relief from the Pethedine/Valium combo. I get tons of spasms which the Valium takes care of and for the pain, pethedine takes care of that. I prefer the injection because having it IM (intramuscularly) vs orally, I get more relief. The injection is 100mg pethedine and 10mg Valium. Orally it's a 50/5 combo which is half although I can take the full thing orally and do sometimes. I've never touched alcohol, cigarettes, drugs etc and don't have addiction or dependency tendencies which is good. I don't get withdrawals, but can easily see how a person can. With these two in particular, it will make you drowsy and "feel good" and have seen what it can and has done to some people who became addicted. In addition, depending on the nature of the pain, voltaren is sometimes added in with the injection.
Percocet never agreed with me and never gave me any relief. There are other meds out there I possibly could have tried, but I'm allergic to codeine so that rules out a lot.
If you are on voltaren, I'd suggest personally looking into the doloneurobian. IMO, if you are taking Voltaren, you may as well get the added benefit of B6-12 that are good for relaxing nerves. I will go for a vitamin B shot sometimes (once a month) if the nerve pain acts up.
Anyways, just my personal experiences I thought I'd share. Everyone responds differently to meds so always seek advice from your doctor and never share pills or go off of what someone else takes as suitable for you. I've had friends ask for meds and I've had to turn down. Not going to be responsible for someone else. I'm no doctor and therefore, don't get involved.
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