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L5/S1 compressed disk, on meds, etc.

Jetta2010JJetta2010 Posts: 12
edited 09/17/2015 - 4:01 PM in New Member Introductions
Hi everyone,

I am 49 and am in generally good health. Have always been very active in sports (mt biking, skiing, etc.) but in 2002 started having lower back pain which didn't go away after several weeks. Went to PT and then had MRI which showed compressed L5/S1. DDD and facet degeneration/arthritis and the disc also shows signs of dessicated (dark disc). I was not a candidate for surgery but was referred for injection. That did not reduce the pain so I was then put on pain meds and referred to a pain management specialist. I've been on hydrocodone ever since albeit a lower dose that I am on now. I've also tried injections a couple more times but with same results as first time. I am still somewhat active but have to restrict certain activities and also not do others. I've tried TENS which helped but I became allergic to the adhesive. Also used to use the Icy/Hot patches but the adhesive makes me break out in a painful rash. I use ice/heat therapy as well as stretches/exercises and an inversion table. I hate being on the hydrocodone but I'd not get any sleep or make it through the day without it. There are nights when I've slept for nearly the whole night without having to take anything and wake up in so much pain I am in tears waiting for the med to kick in. I've also been caught in situations where I was without my meds for extended periods of time (couple days) and was in excruciating pain. I'm always in pain to some degree. Some days are better than others and some moments are better than others. My family and friends understand but don't really get it. The pain often makes me irritable and/or depressed.

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--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 09/17/15 22:01est

L5/S1 compressed disc, DDD
Current med: Hydrocodone 10/325 5x/day


  • DEM2015DDEM2015 Posts: 11
    edited 09/18/2015 - 7:40 AM
    have you ever tried that? I had it twice and both times I felt that it worked alot better for me than the epideral injection. I found that odd since the injection was going straight to the source, know what I mean? The crappy part is that the last time I had it..i had a severe adverse reaction to it. So, I was scheduled for another injection, but that appt turned into my 2nd surgery. LOL
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