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Degenerative Disc Disease and Sciatica

Cathy12CCathy12 Posts: 21
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
Hi, I found out in Feb after an MRI scan that I had a disc prolapse in L4 and L5 of the lower spine. From Feb to April I've been in awful pain and struggling to get through the days. I only 28 and recently married. However I thought I turned a corner as the swimming and physio exercises improved my condition so much that I was able to come of the meds (Duragesic patches 100mg) 6 weeks ago. I thought yes am beating this thing.

Sometimes I would have pains in my left leg but nothing constant. However this last 2 weeks I've been killed with sciatica, shooting, stabbing pains down my leg. The pain is worse below the leg but also occurs from the hip down. My doctor gave me Kapake (codeine painkillers) and cataflam (anti-inflammatory).

On Monday past I saw the specialist in hospital. He gave me Lyrica 75mg to treat the nerve. I was to take 1 twice a day. I'm not a junkie for tablets but there comes a point when you have to take them. These tablets are not strong enough for me. I went to the doctors today, to top it off my doctor is off for 3 weeks. I tried to explain my condition and do you know what she said? That I had to be patient and let the tablets work. 14 days she thought they would work!! Like what, how can I stick it??

I've been going to acupuncture, (7 sessions) but have not improved greatly. This is very costly. Am thinking of saying enoughs enough as I feel I could keep going every week and will still be sore.



  • Can you go to a pain management doctor? Sometimes they can give you a shot which can help with the inflammation causing the pain. The dosage of Lyrica could be increased by a doctor (I was on 75+75+50 but it started to react negatively with other meds.).

    Pain is so tough, and if somebody hasn't experienced something similar, they can't understand the impact.

    I hope you have relief soon.
    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • Hi KarenD, thanks for your comment. I havent heard of a pain management doctor. I'll give it a week and see if I've improved any.
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  • Post Deleted. Forum Violation: Providing medical advice several times throughout the post

    Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Administrator 07/14/11
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,454
    cathy, i deleted the previous post because the member was telling you what and what you should not do. providing medical advice is not permitted here.

    i do suggest reading some of the articles provided here:

    degenerative disc disease


    in terms of any of your medications, before you start/stop any of them or change the prescribed dosage, you must contact your doctor to get approval.

    changes made to many medications could cause serious side effects, so do not do any of this without formal medical approval.

    just as a warning, whenever you get prescriptions from different doctors, a red flag will be posted at the insurance sites as well as providing doctors with this information. if you need to obtain medication from a different doctor, make sure you tell the doctor(s) involved what is happening. if the er doctor is prescribing the lyrica, you needed to let them know that you are also getting kapake from another doctor. this will just make it clear to everyone involved what is going on.

    with almost any medication, it can take time before you see any results. some people might see positive results immediately, while others it could take weeks. that is why it is so very important to discuss all medications with your doctor(s)

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • I also take Lyrica,but they r 100mgs 5xs a day..From the pinched nerve in my foot/toes my drs didnt take care of until they Finally saw it in the mri,I have severe nerve damage in my foot&toes...The lyricas provide minimal help now,& ur right, when u tell the drs, they tell u to give it time..Or they make u feel like a pillhead..WHO THE HECK WANTS TO TAKE PILLS ALL DAY LONG,EVERYDAY,FOREVER(well, in my case, i will always b on them)
    Degeneration is normal in life,but for the ppl that have it because of medical issues,it feels 10xs worse...The Sciatica is unreal..When it happens, it hurts...I feel your pain!!!..Pain management helps..They will help u thru it....Keep Positive..
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  • I take Cymbalta with a smaller dose of Lyrica and feels it helped me better for leg pain. Having injections offered by a Pain Management Dr. has helped my pain also for a short time. I hope at your age your discs will heal but see an Orthopedic Surgeon or a Neurosurgeon for their opinions. I've seen several consults and Pain Management Drs. Never give up looking for a Dr. to help you. 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
  • Thanks everyone for your replies. I am going to see a Spinologist this week. I will keep you's updated. This site is great, at least the people here understand what we are going through.
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