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  • Lucy:
    Get thee to an interventional pain specialist ASAP. That is one who does procedures for pain.

    I am a retired interventional pain specialist, and have treated, with fair success, a number of people with complaints like yours.

    The rule to remember here is: Crazy does not make pain! Pain makes crazy!!!

    I suspect the pain specialist will recommend a spinal cord stimulator after a careful workup. If he offers a stimulator to you, GO FOR IT! I have produced wonderful relief in people like you. It does not deliver drugs, just electric current.

    There is a second rule to remember here: Relief does not, usually, come out of a bottle. Narcotics especially are not the answer to this problem.

    Hang in there! There are good answers out there.

  • Thanks to all of you for your replies.

    Ron, my first back surgery was a discectomy between L4-L5. The pain management doctor last week who did the epidural told me that judging from where my pain is, it is now between L5 & S1. So, as yall know, I had that epidural last Tuesday and it helped........until Friday! The nerve woke up on Friday while I was working a flight (I work for an airline). Boy did it come back with a vengeance! So, I go back this Thursday for another one.

    Ken, the pain management doctor mentioned that stimulator thing to me. What exactly is it? Is there something prodding through my skin? Sounds awful.

    Guys, I am just sooooooooooooo tired and worn down from this. I know that narcotics are not the answer to the problem and personally, I am sick of being on them. RIGHT NOW, they have me on: Demerol, Flexeril and Relafen. Awful, isn't it? And......I'm having to work while on all this medication! :T

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  • Had my 2nd injection yesterday. He said if it doesn't work he wants to try that neurostimulaor thing. Can someone live with that thing implanted forever?
  • I was wondering if you ever been on any medication for nerve pain like Neurontin, Lyrica, or Cymbalta. A combination of one of those with a muscle relaxer and pain medicine helps to control the sciatica and back pain.
  • I honestly have questioned my whole sanity and reality on my bad days.
    When you gulp down your pills then question whether you have or not...the days blurr the pain bores.

    Butthere is always tommorrow and who knows what that may bring!
    You must try everything, logically. Something will work, you just haven't found it yet!
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  • Well, my 2nd spinal injection wore off.....SURPRISE. Now they want to try the neurostimulator. I'm not too sure about that thing. I guess I just need an MRI to see what's going on.
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