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L4/L5 nerve damage

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:29 AM in Chronic Pain
Hi Everyone!

Firstly, I suffer with severe right L4/L5 radicular INTENSE nerve pain. I also have degenerative disc disease in L4/L5 & L5/S1.

Just over 3 years ago I burnt my right leg from my knee to my hip. For 3 weeks I hobbled which in turn caused my back to weaken. I then did gardening (quite forcefully as I was angry that my house mate had once again left it up to me and the realestate was complaining) ..... One particular move caused my right L5/S1 disc to herniate so severely that it pushed into 2 nerves causing me to have ABSOLUTELY NO feeling in my right leg. This happened over a period of 10 days. On the 10th day I was operated on (3 and a half hour surgery) and the surgeons (one in particular whom is a private neurologist only! but because the nerve was so severely damaged, he pretty much was the one surgeon to perform this effectively) removed 2/3rds of the disc relieving the nerve and returning my leg to semi-normal feeling again. I still have no feeling in my big toe and no feeling on the outside of my ankle. I quite often loose feeling in my calf and back of my thigh. This is because there is scar tissue surrounding the nerve and because of the initial damage.

I am at my wits end.

I was told 4 months ago that I would qualify for a spinal cord stimulator. I went back to the neurology out patients clinic on Thursday only to find out that - not only has the government cut back on the allowance of this procedure because of funding, but also that they now only look at performing it on persons over the age of 50. I broke down, really down. For the last 4 months, every time I have had pain, I have said to myself "I wont have to go through this for much longer as I now have this fantastic option of a pain free (nerve) existence". Unfortunately this is now not the case. I have been referred to the 'chronic pain clinic' and will have to go through the options of other medications. A life on medications.

The spinal system that they install is $50'000. If they install it on me, I then can work a hell of a lot more which means I will be paying what it's worth back in taxes anyway.

I am 29. I have a lovely little child and a budding business which I created after my accident as I do not have the physical capabilities to work for another's.

I know all of us on here have our stories of blues and hard times especially the times ahead of us and I am glad that I have had my opportunity to share my story and look forward to gaining strength by reading others.

I believe in optimism and positive thinking and these qualities have carried me forward to where I sit today although I feel now that after learning what I have on Thursday gone, I now have to re-build and re-mould my thinking which, is not as easy as it use to be.

Thank you for reading my story. x



  • went through l4/l5 l5/s1 surgery 21 months ago. tried spinal cord stimulator. tried the trial. didn't get any relief from it. took all types of meds, up to a dozen a day with no relief. tried methodone and i am only taking one a day and getting the best relief ever. just my story.
  • I am currently on endone 5mg (when needed) (oxycodone), endep 50mg, norspan 10mc, valium 5mg.

    I don't think the norspan works too well. Here in Australia, norspan is used for pain relief though I have read that the ingredient is used for heroin withdrawal in America at a different measure. It works a little for around 3 days and i find i have to use the endone as a top up once the patch is finished and when putting a new one on and waiting the few days for full release.

    The endone is the only pain relief that really works the best. Unfortunately though i have to go a few days here and there without so that when i get the severe SEVERE pains, it works to its full capacity.

    The endep relaxes the nerve and i definately notice the pain difference if i miss a day.

    The valium helps to relieve the muscles around the nerve in the back and down my leg which tend to tense up when the nerve is inflamed.

    Thought i would write this info in incase it could help some one else with their pain management queries.

    Thanks again. Love sent from Australia x
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  • Hi markandpain,

    Where are you located? I am interested how easy ( or there of) it was to even get a leg in to try the spinal cord stimulator?
  • Is that the same as buprenorphine? It works? What is the measure? I am on 10mc but not sure if the same?

  • buprenorphine is not the same as methadone. buprenorphine is a partial opiod agonist and methadone is a full agonist and long acting pain med. methadone is a synthetic opiod, developed by the germans during world war 2, they were cut off from the opiate supply and developed a synthetic pain killer for their troops. methadone is also used for drug replacement therapy by people recovering from herion ADDICTION. most people get good pain control from methadone. more recently buprenorphine has also been used in drug replacement therapy for people in recovery or weening off meds. as well as pain control.
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  • I'm sorry that you have so much pain. I'm glad we don't have socialized medicine in the U.S. yet. I can still have the choice of drs and treatments. Today I went for a nerve conduction test on lower back. Nerve damage, l4 l5. Thursday I see the dr for treatment. Just had 2 level fusion c5 c6, c6 c7 in Jan. and have been back to work for only 2 days since. Friday,4/21/11 is my next day back at work. I am hoping the neck and back will let me do it. I use the stretching and exercise that were recommended and natural inflammation reducers such as cherry juice and cherries, turmeric extract. They do help with the arthritis and pain in the mornings. Pain meds only when in a lot of pain. Gabapentin daily helps the nerve pain. I also had radio frequency therapy on my neck at the pain management clinic before the surgery. It took away almost all the pain, but I decided to have the surgery before I did any more nerve damage. A nerve stimulator might help, but there are many cases that don't. Just some thoughts for you, may help.
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