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jra191jjra191 Posts: 11
edited 10/09/2015 - 2:33 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi, I'm 50 years old and have a busted back, hernia, busted legs and a bad shoulder. I've been going to a pain clinic for less then a year. They did epidural steroid injections. 3 over a 6 week period, 2 weeks apart. I think they worked for about 3-6 weeks. I'm not really sure. I just had a medial branch block and those didn't seem to work. I'm worried in about 2 and half more weeks that my doctor isn't going to believe me when I tell her they didn't work. I think I did some research on this and it said there is about 80% success rate on this. I also think she is going to now want to burn my nerve endings. I'm not sure I want this done. I just called them one day and set up an appointment. I've never done any research, hardly talk to her. I've been pretty nieve over this whole process I guess. I started out on 3 10mg oxycodone a day and after several months asked her for a 12 hour pill. She prescribed me 20 15mg morphine just for the 5 days a week I work. They sure don't last 12 hours though, but I guess it's better then nothing. I'm not really sure why I signed up on this forum, but maybe I'll start getting involved. My kids are my life and I work pretty hard 40 plus hours a week. I'm grateful I still can work, but I never sit down for my whole lunch break and never sit down my last break. It really hurts when I sit down for 10 minutes and have to get up and get going. I also hope this post because I just typed a lot too LoL. Well let's see if it does :)

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    I'm not sure why you are worried your doctor will not believe you?
    Many time the treatments are not effective for all people, or for all areas of your spine.

    For myself, having about 12 epidurals throughout my pain management life, two have been successful and those for my leg, ankle, foot pain.
    None of the injections for my thoracic area effective at all.

    Besides attempting to bring some pain relief, my doctor able to see more of spine while using that fluoroscope..sp?
    So, that may be useful in learning more re a source of pain and or diagnosis. My situation anyway.
    Any when ineffective, that also is useful information for my doctor.

    So much of pain management is trial and try again and can take time.

    Also, not sure why you predict your doctor to want to do burn your nerve endings?
    Any procedure, the doctor would discuss with you and you certainly can voice your concerns about why you would hesitate to have that done.

    Then your doctor has opportunity to explain and possibly reassure you. If you're still hesitant, at least your doctor will be aware and be getting to know you better.
    Good communication so important!

    Your doctor seems to have listened to you re you med management for while you're working.
    Since you continue to work, does that mean your doctor has not given you any limitations or restrictions with activity?

    As Ron stated above, it would be very helpful to know more about your spinal issues.
    I would also be curious as to what kind of work you are doing while in pain and on morphine...?

    Please keep us posted!
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