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pains all over the place

Hi and thanks for reading this
I have several neck herniations osteoarthritis & stenosis plus nerve root impingement I m considering epidural injections hope that they work even just a little. I get pain all over my eyes hurt and feel sore most days also I get kinda a restless leg foot and hand with pins needles and pains almost all the time the restless feeling is a new thing has any one else had the similar kind of thing happen? Also is there anything I can do or take other than anti inflammatories & dihydrocodine that doesn't help very much. Im seeing my gp again next week il mention going back on amitriptyline as I only tried it for a week before I stopped I didn't give it long enough to work. Iv had another recent mri scan & get results on the 18 th hopefully there's not more damage to my neck. Also I have a mild curve of the spine and a depression due to an old injury could that make my condition worse? Sorry for the essay I just don't know what else to do!!! Any advice is much appreciated good luck to all :-)


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,433
    edited 06/09/2015 - 9:48 AM
    suggested the epidurals?
    They can be effective for some, not so for others.

    When you do see your doctor again, I would ask for options and suggestions.

    • - Acupuncture- Physical Therapy- Aqua Therapy- Ultrasound- Massage therapy- Ice/Heat- etc
    There is just about something for everyone. Make take some time finding it, plus some trial and error

    So much will depend on the results of your mri
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Hi dilauro thanks for replying im considering esi but needed an mri scan that was up to date iv got a tens machine but it doesn't help very much. Also use muscle rub, hot water bottle iv tried acupuncture & reflexology am doing physical therapy. None of which helps for long if not at all. Im concerned about the possibility of complications of cervical epidural injections but im willing to give them a go. Im seeing a spinal specialist privately as iv been waiting so long to see pain clinic on nhs as I live in the UK. He says I can have two injections in the neck one at c3 and one at c5 as they are the worst affected but he doesn't want me under sedation as he says he wants me to feel if he goes near the spinal cord which really freaks me out lol any suggestions ??
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,433
    edited 06/10/2015 - 1:11 PM
    all about epidural injections

    one thing that is very important is that whenever a doctor does an epidural, they should never go in blind (naked eye). they need the assistance of a fluoroscope or x-ray machine to make sure that the needle goes into the right area.

    some doctors like to give their patients a mild sedative. similar to the type of sedative they would give someone going through a colonoscopy. conciseness sedation is what that is called.

    esi's tend to be scarier with the idea than the actual procedure.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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