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MelissamcmMMelissamcm Posts: 2
edited 06/29/2015 - 11:39 PM in New Member Introductions
Hi everyone. I am new to the forum community. I am 33 years old, I have two children and my fiancé, Nick has 3 kids. I used to be very active and really miss being able to do just about anything anymore. I am coming up on a year since my injury. Last July I was wearing crocks (shoes) taking my dogs out and it had just lightly rained I was walking down our deck steps and my left foot completely slipped out and I came crashing down. I landed on the edge of the step on my lower back with all my weight. At first I was afraid to move, Nick came and carried me in the house. I was able to walk after the initial shock. I tried ice/heat rest for a few days and by then I was in so much pain and could hardly walk, I began treatment which is still ongoing. I started seeing my NP at my PCP's office. She is wonderful. We started with an x-ray, nothing broken, it showed degeneration of my spine. The pain was radiating down my left leg, I had SI injections, 10weeks of physical therapy with no change. The PT doc I saw said I had too much inflammation and needed cortisone injections to reduce it. I got referred to my pain management in September, they couldn't see me until March!!! A very long, depressing, painful winter. I am on hydrocodone 10mg 1-2 every 4-6 hrs, that basically just took the edge off. It wears off after an hour or so. In March I had my first cortisone injection on my left side between the L5 &L6 as that where my pain started. I felt the shot go all the way down to my foot and I had about 4 days of relief. In April we did a second cortisone injection and this is where my questions come in because it totally changed my pain. After the first shot I had the pain shift more on my right side, so that's where they did the injection. The injection felt nothing like the first one, painful I got really sick ( throwing up) then the pain shifted to my upper right shoulder blade area and I started getting electric shocks down my right arm, it feels like the nerves are on fire. I called a few days after the injection to tell them what was going on, I got an appt within a few days they examined me and ordered a cervical MRI. The results just came back that I have 2 bulging discs C5&C6. I just also had a facet nerve block done, 0% relief and it seemed to increase my pain in my left hip/sciatic area I have pain in. I have an appt at pain management on the 8th of this month to discuss what's next. In the mean time I have a TENs unit I got from my doctor, I tried using it last night in the area of my bulging discs and it was so painful and felt the electric shock in my arm really strong and its been tingling with numbness ever since. I decided not to use till I talk to my doctor again, but I was wondering if anyone had any knowledge if you are or aren't supposed to use the TENs unit on bulging disc area...any help advice would be appreciated. I couldn't sleep tonight the pain was so bad and the numbness gets worse when I sleep.


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