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Newbie w/ Questions...would appreciate any insight!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,322
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in New Member Introductions
I'm 31 years old. Have had mild scoliosis as long as I can remember, always causing me pain. Car accident in '01 which caused some damage to neck and back muscles, never had an MRI at that point - just PT & some anti-inflam drugs. About 1-1/2 years ago, starting having lower back pain - when it got unbearable went to family dr. - was given xray and told I pulled a muscle. Approx 2 mos later, still with same symptoms, went to another dr. was told same thing. Finally went to Pain Mgmt specialist - had MRI done, was told I had disc herniation C3-4 and L 4-5. Have been going to pain mgmt dr. for about a year now - have had countless shots - SI injections, caudal blocks, nerve burning, some others. Dr. put me on Percocet and then on Oxycontin w/ percocet for breakthrough pain. These helped somewhat, but the last 3 weeks I have been having additional pain and now in addition to the pain running down both legs, they are now feeling weak & heavy just running down the back of both legs and both the soles of my feet have a pins and needles sensation. I had my appt last week and he put me on Lyrica as well as the other meds. Been taking Lyrica now for 5 days - how long until I can tell if it is working? Still same feeling of pins and needles, heaviness and weakness in my legs. Should I be considering surgery at this point? Almost everything I have heard about surgery is not good - but living this way is not good either! Also - if I do have surgery, what is the approx recovery time - to get back to doing normal tasks ? I have a 6 yr old and a 2 yr old - I can't see myself having the ability to just lay around while I recover - should I just learn to live with this? Is the pins and needles feeling coming from nerve damage? If I don't have surgery to correct this, will it become permanent? Thanks for any help!


  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can.. be sure and check out the "Back and Neck surgery" forum for more input. =D> good luck with your decision. :D please keep us informed. Jenny :)
  • It took a few weeks for the lyrica to help me and it had to be increased also. I know there's other meds but I hope this one helps you. I know chronic pain is a heavy demand on you especially with young ones. Get more opinions before surgery. Take care and good luck. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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  • Thank you for your responses. Right now I've been on the Lyrica 50mg 3x daily for 3 weeks - it has helped with the tingling in my feet - where before it was constant, now is just intermittent. The heaviness in the legs however, has become worse and now I'm feeling a weakness in them that I haven't felt to this degree before. When walking down stairs they shake as if I were running a marathon - and I'm only talking about walking down the 10 steps in my house! Not 10 flights of stairs... Also, I was speaking with a dr. (I was am not a patient of this dr.) and she told me that with moderate scolosis I should have been/should be getting an x-ray every year to determine if it is getting worse. Aside from my PM dr., what other type of dr. should I be looking for at this point? I am only 31, and this leg weakness, along with the frustration of chronic pain and the inability to do things I once enjoyed is terribly depressing. I realized recently my quality of life just isn't what it used to be at all. Should I go see a neurosurgeon? Any other advice would be greatly appreciate. Thanks again
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