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I have all 4.....DDD, Spinal stenosis, arthritis, sciatica

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I am starting to read these message boards again and find the information that all of you provide to be very helpful. Sometimes I don't know which "subject line" to go to first!?? I have DDD, lumbar spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis (in the spine as well) and sciatica!

The last week or so, the most intense pain I have is in my butt (both of them) and in my hamstrings (both). They feel like they are pulled tight and hurt like heck when I try to get up from a chair and when I try to walk. I am on a new pain med (Suboxone) and as the day goes on, it seems to do a good job relieving some of the pain.

I am doing minimal stretching exercises prescribed by my Pain Mgmt Dr. and PT and have been applying heat to the lumbar area.A protruding and bulging disc at L3L4 seems to be causing alot of the pain via nerve compression.

My Dr. suggested that we might do a treatment of oral steroids again, but I had a psychotic reaction the last time I took that Medrol Dosepak.

Any other ideas for non surgical treatment that you all might have...esp if you have all the diagnoses I have???

Thanks much.

Chicago O:)


  • I have all 4 too unfortunately. I have been dealing with alot of pain recently and I switched Paim Management Dr in July and got an epidural injection 2 weeks ago and it did wonders for me. I really feel good although the pain is returning somewhat. Can I ask a question...why are you on suboxone? I always thought that was for withdrawels when you come off opiate medication. Does it really help with the pain? I ask because I am currently on opiates and I am thinking if maybe one day I want to get off of them I could use suboxone. I consulted 3 surgeons and they all said since I had so many things wrong with my back that surgery isnt an option. I hope you have better luck than I did.
  • Thanks for your reply. My Pain Mgmt Doc suggested Suboxone for me because I am a recovering alcoholic / addict with almost 5 years clean and sober...and I expressed an interest in getting off the Vicodin because I felt it was making me depressed (and I already take Lexapro and Wellbutrin XL for depression).

    So a month or so ago, she suggested Suboxone for my pain. She mentioned that it is also used to treat heroin addicts and folks addicted to opiates who want to get off them. It still has the potential for dependence but it is a partial opiate receptor agonist (I think I have the wording right...please correct me if I don't) and therefore less addictive than Vicdoin.

    It certainly DOES relieve my pain and in just two days, my pain relief is much better than with Vicodin. I was only taking 5 mg q six hours of Vicodin and still had pain. The side effects of dizziness and feeling "out of it" are less today. And one side note...the Doc also told me that long term use of opiates can cause decreases in testosterone which can lead to muscle atrophy.

    Only certain Docs can prescribe Suboxone. They have to be certified to do so. And they are limited in the number of patients they can treat at one time.

    So that's what I know for now. I am always upfront with any of my Docs about being a recovering alcoholic/ addict including the Anesthesiologists at surgery,.

    I am happy to hear that you latest epidural injection has given you some relief.

    Stay in touch.

    Richard O:)
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