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Hello everyone and Merry Christmas!
My name is Ryan I have been a member for a little while now but have not posted anything, I just read posts every now and then to get some information about my back issue. I am 36 years old and I relatively good shape but I have suffered from lower back pain for years and this past Jan I had to do something about it because I could no longer take the pain in my lower left side of back, shooting pains in my legs, and feet falling asleep. I started seeing my PCP who had me go for 5 weeks of PT and prescribed muscle relaxers and 5/325 Percocet's. The PT did did not work so he sent me for an MRI which showed I had a bulging L5-S1 and referred me to a Neurosurgeon. The Neuro looked at the MRI and had me try 2 epidural steroid injection's which neither worked so we started to discuss surgery and the 1st step was to have a discogram. The discogram showed that I had a ruptured L5-S1 and L5-L4. The Dr recommended ALIF for the L5-S1 and leave the L4 alone because I was young and hopefully this would heal. So I had L5-S1 ALIF fusion surgery on 7/31/10. The surgery went well and the leg pains went away for awhile but the left side back pain which is in the SI joint area, is worse than ever! I explained this to my surgeon and he said that this is probably muscle pain and more or less need to deal with this while fusion is taking place. I am in PT twice a week, I have a personal TENS device, this entire time I have been prescribed Pain Medication from my PCP 10/325 Percocets 4-6 times a day, 60mg of Cymbalta and recently started 300 mg of neurontin. I talked with my PCP and we decided that I should start seeing a Pain Management Dr. So I had my first appointment on 11/29, it was a great appointment he spent about a 1/2 hr with me going through my information and suggested that I get a Facet Block he also took over my Cymbalta, Neurontin and prescribed me 20mg of Oxycontin twice a day and 5mg of oxycodone 4x a day as needed for breakthrough pain. I had the facet joint injection on the 21st of Dec. and I feel worse than ever!! I am in severe pain on my left side and some pain across my lower back. Sorry this was so long I just wanted to give you my background and needed to vent a little.
I no longer know what to do about my back pain, I was hoping that the last shot would work but now it is making my Christmas miserable.
Any suggestions on what next to do? Or am I just being impatient and need to give my back time to heal?
L5-S1 ALIF 7/31/10, Discogram 4/22/10, 2 ESI's 2010, Facet joint Injection 12/21/10
60mg Cymbalta, 300mg Neurontin, 150mg Welbutrin, 20mg 2xday Oxycontin, 5mg Oxycodone 4xday as needed.
Physical Therapy 2days week, Personal TENS Device