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8 weeks post op minimal CSFl/swelling still very bad leg pain and excrutiating throbbing pain in my

crashhccrashh Posts: 40
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi folks. So as per my doctor I am now on Medrol pack(prednisone) dose day 4. 1 month of lyrica. None of this works. I still cant stand up without extreme pain down my left leg. To add now I get this horrible stabbing pain in my lower back where my incision is that is almost unbearable. So my doctor has referred me to a pain specialist and a second MRI with contrast in 3 weeks. Im not sure if this is the next logical step or what. I dont know if I can go through another sugery after all the complications from my first. I guess my questions are ... What exactly is this medrol pack supposed to do for me? If any what is there for help with this pain? 5mg Vicoden/10mg Percoset/ 10mg Flexeril/ Tramadol/ Baclofyn/ Naproxen none of this works. Thanks again for your time.


  • crashh im so sorry!!!!!!!!!
    i cannot believe the meds you listed do not work. but again we are all different.
    the medrol pack should bring down any swelling/inflammation that is occuring. it may also help w/ that leg pain.
    i was just on the phone the other day with a good friend from here and her mom took it after her surgery. her leg pain went away. so mabye fingers crossed it will help you!!
    she suggested i try it, but the nerve pain has subsided a bit . i still have the numbness but i am only 2 wks out. so im holding off.
    keep icing that incision.
    it takes awhile for the lyrica and the medrol to start working. how long have you taken it for so far???
    OK EDIT BUTTON lol sorry read it wrong. so you on day 4 of the pack and you already have taken a month's worth of lyrica??? is that right???
    let the pack do its job.. that takes awhile sometimes.

    i will keep you in my thoughts and you know we are here for you for a shoulder to lean on!!

    terri >:D< >:D< >:D<
  • Hiya, >:D<
    I have to agree with terri :? , i cant believe that the medication you listed did not help @) .What dose of lyrica was you taking? :/ The tramadol and the naproxen should take some of the pain away in your lower back and help with inflamation :) . I am under Pain Management and have found them very helpful =D> . They will also review all your medication to :) . Good Luck! Keep us posted :H .

    Angie x
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  • Darn I was wondering how you were doing. Still fighting this ay? And your surgeon refuses to do anything other than a medrol dose pack and an MRI in 3 weeks?

    Are you still wearing a pressure wrap? Have you had any personal discussions with the surgeon about this, or has this all been communicated back and forth via the front office staff?

    Has the bubble in the back gone down any at all? What boggles my mind, is that my NS knew that as soon as he drew off the fluid, that the pressure would be taken off the nerves and my pain would diminish greatly almost instantly. I just don't understand why your NS is not even attempting that or a wound revision at this point.

    Is there any way that you can sit down face to face with the surgeon to discuss this and see if you can have an MRI sooner than 3 weeks? The MRI will show exactly where the fluid is pooling.

    Hang in the my friend,

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