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tyredofpainttyredofpain Posts: 1
edited 10/27/2015 - 9:43 PM in Lower Back Pain
Hello, I am new to this forum, so I hope I give all I should give for information. I have had chronic back pain for about 4 years now. I am 49 years old. I think I may be going through some menopause, but hard to tell as I had a hysterectomy in 2006 but my ovaries were left. I have been diagnosed with arthritis, degenerative disc disease, including two bulging disc's and one with a "leak" in it and spondylolisthesis. I have been going to pain management for about 31/2 years and I have had too any steroid injections to count. I am currently taking Norco 10/325 qid, Gabapentin 500mg tid, Robaxin 300mg tid, Flexeril 5 mg HS, and I supplement with ibuprofen and Aleve daily. I am very tired of being in pain and I am tired of the pills. When the pain is less I do take less medication, but recently the pain has increased. Specifically in the past two days I feel like there is a hot liquid poured on the inside of my left buttock. Additionally I have severe pain that hurts when I touch the area, it feels like I am touching an open wound. I have taken extra pain meds. and they are not touching the pain. Just make me feel sick. I am supposed to go for another radio frequency next week. Is this new pain just part of the degenerative process or do I need to seek medical help? Just wish they would do some type of surgery and fix what is wrong!

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  • Sheri76Sheri76 Michigan Posts: 496
    edited 10/28/2015 - 6:08 AM
    I'm surprised that surgery for the spondylolisthesis hasn't been given to you as an option yet, unless I'm missing some part of the equation.

    No amount of PT or injections is going to correct the spondylolisthesis. There may be some core exercises to help strengthen muscles to help support the spine, although no exercise will put the vertebrae back in its proper place, and when your in that much pain you're not able to do the exercises anyway.

    There are always risks with surgery, and that's something your dr would explain; is this something that's already been discussed in your treatment?
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