had a laminectomy 30 years ago, it was simple then, pain killers, injection in back, then traction then laminectomy.
7 weeks ago i pulled my back moving a table. after 2 weeks went to the doctor, who initially thought it was cauda equina syndrome so he sent me straight in for an emergency MRI, luckily it wasn't that. now have been put on gabapentin initially 100mg 3 x per day building up to 300mg 3x per day, I do have side effects - dizziness & sickness but can probably get through that.
The diagnosis from the MRI is a "focal disc herniation in left parasagittal position at L5-S1, which causes indentation upon the thecal sac and it slightly displaces the origin of the left S1 nerve root with Schmorl’s nodule in multiple endplates plus Facet joint arthritis"
This the disc below the one i had a laminectomy on.
I have to go to see a spinal surgeon in August so the doctor put me on the gabapentin to take me up to the appointment, plus of course exercise.
Its a silly worry but i don't want the pain masked when i go to the surgeon as i want him to see me as i am so he can offer the right treatment, i would prefer surgery as the previous laminectomy took my pain away for 30 years and I've been able to have an active job.
Am i worrying to much about this, will he be able see through to the problem even if its masked? I have never been on gabapentin before so not sure how it works.
Gabapentin (Neurontin) and Pregabalin (Lyrica) are both Schedule IV and V controlled substances. They treat nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. As such, they are not considered a narcotic pain medications that will mask the pain Welcome to Spine-Health
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