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Hi gang. I hope everyone is feeling a little better today - if your days are like mine, some are definitely better than others. :H (never used these rascals before) My decent into hell began just over two years ago. Horrible sciatica and local back pain (L2-L5). Since I've hooked up with a great pain specialist with some results. Sciatica is better, localized back pain still my great bugaboo. Treatment has included many steroid injections (more than the three/year) - maybe 10 or so for Facets and nerve root. Oxycodone and Lyrica are staples along with vitamin I (ibuprofin). The best results came from burning the nerves about the roots. It is supposed to last up to 9 months. I actually had about six weeks nearly pain free this summer! :-C Now I'm back to daily local and nerve-in-the-buttocks pain. Not much walking about. Anyway, just sayin' howdy. I don't join much, but I've been reading the newsletter for a while. The forum has provided me with some help - knowing I'm not alone here. There is nothing lonelier than bad pain. Adios