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mom9mom
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   Posted 11/24/2008 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
cool  Went to see my reg. DR. today.We decided to try adding a mucle relaxant along with my pain medication to see if it will give me more relief from my back pain hope it works.The other good news was that I only have to take 1 B-12 shot a month now.I also go a flu shot (hope that I dont get sick) any little bug just lays me flat.All I do is sleep.So I realy dont want the flu.See you tomarrow. cool cool cool
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.


skeye
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   Posted 11/25/2008 10:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mom9mom,

Good luck with the muscle relaxer, I hope it brings you some added relief. My PM tried me on one this summer (Zanaflex), but it didn't help. That was not surprising though, since muscle involvement doesn't really contribute to my pain. But some of the older muscle relaxers have been shown to also block pain impulses, so we gave it a try. I'm sure it has a much better chance of helping your back since your back is probably pretty tense from all your pain.

I agree with you, the flu is awful. I got a my shot too. Hopefully the correctly predicted the major strain this year!

Hope you are continuing to feel better from your surgery!

Skeye

mom9mom
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   Posted 12/4/2008 11:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry to say that the mucle relaxer did not help me at all just like you.The spine DR. that I went to in the summer told me to come back after I was done with the intravinas anti-biotic for the discites if I was still in alot of pain because thay might have to fuse my two vertabra together.I guess I will have to go and see him soon.
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.


Chartreux
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   Posted 12/5/2008 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
OMG, just wanna says, if you need a shoulder to lean on I'm here, lots of soft hugz
and prayers coming your way. I had an Iv antibotic once and a visiting nurse as well,
was no fun, so sorry your going thru that.......
more soft hugz......
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kttn251977
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   Posted 12/5/2008 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
What kind of muscle relaxer are you on? I have been flipped on and off quite a few, right now I am on zanaflex & having some good results with it. What about a tens unit? Do you have one? I like mine, I know some people don't have much luck but I find it helps with that tense feeling. I'm sorry you are looking at a fusion, I had a friend who had that done...... I'll keep you in my prayers.
RX's: Oxycontin 80 MG 2x's daily; Dilaudid 8 MG 4xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100 MG 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25 MG (as needed); Amitriptyline 25 MG 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil


skeye
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   Posted 12/6/2008 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so sorry your back isn't feeling any better & that you might have to have surgery.  Keep us posted as to how everything goes with your doctor. You'll be in my thoughts. Wishing you some relief, soon.

mom9mom
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   Posted 12/7/2008 10:18 PM (GMT -7)   
The muscle relaxent I am on is cyclobenzaprine 5 mg. But like I said thay don`t seem to help any.I have been off my anti-biotic for about a month.The specalist I had to see for that told me that I should be O.K. but that it can come back so when it hurts alot I get worryed about it. rolleyes
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.


kttn251977
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   Posted 12/8/2008 1:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I haven't heard of that one... are you seeing a specialist for your pain or just a regular dr?
RX's: Oxycontin 80 MG 2x's daily; Dilaudid 8 MG 4xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100 MG 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25 MG (as needed); Amitriptyline 25 MG 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil


mom9mom
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   Posted 12/8/2008 1:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I just go to my regular DR.
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.


kttn251977
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   Posted 12/8/2008 2:01 AM (GMT -7)   
well i see we are both up at 4 am... lol. i hate being in pain. well, i can only say that a specialist can give you a lot of different options. I even had the wrong diagnosis. They can open up a world of medication, physical therapy even special injections/nerve blocks to help. Have you ever considered a specialist?
RX's: Oxycontin 80 MG 2x's daily; Dilaudid 8 MG 4xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100 MG 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25 MG (as needed); Amitriptyline 25 MG 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil


mom9mom
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   Posted 12/8/2008 3:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes I do need to go back to the spine DR. I just have not made a appointment yet.I have been to alot of specialist this last year.1-The best general and Bariatric surgerion in Idaho falls Id.This one saved my life. 2- A sports and rehab DR. 3-The spine DR. 4-Infectious Diseases DR. 5-Gastroenterology 6-then add the 3 DR. that took care of me when I was in I.C.U.Then several home health nurses that came out to the house for different things plus my reg DR. So inway with so many DR. my surgean thought it would be better if all my meds. came from the same DR. that way he should be able to keep track of any meds. that dont work good together.I am also worried about going to a pain specialist after reading some of the post on here about people having a hard time getting the meds. thay need to be able to live a halfway decent life.My DR. treats a lot of older people and alot need to be on strong pain meds. So I never have a hard time getting my fentanyl patches refilled every month.Once in a while I forget to change my patch on the right day and when that happens I am in so much pain that I know that if I have to do without it my life would be horrable.So it scares me to think of going to a new DR. what if he wont give me a refill?But any way I will make the appointment with the spine DR. because if he says I need surgary on my back I would like to get it done this year because right now my insurance is paying 100 % because we have meet are out of pocket expence for this year.
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.


kttn251977
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   Posted 12/8/2008 5:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a PCP who I think the world of too..... he always visits me in the hospital (he has a private practice) calls me at home to check up after anything big. He's the one who referred me on to the specialist I am with. I know Florida is closely regulated on who can & why they prescribe narcotics. I would never want to get my PCP in any trouble.... but I was very lucky to have just as good as a person in my specialist. I have a good relationship with him, he actually listens. There are several pain drs here in FL -actually there are several in the same practice- I used to live in a rural area & I know sometimes there just aren't enough, especially good, drs. As far as medication goes, I have never had any issues. If something dosen't work for me we switch it up to see what will. They often do random drug tests in the office (which is fine, i understand) I know they will drop you if you are caught either dr shopping or a different narcotic in your system. I just make sure I tell them every single time I go to the ER or another dr prescribes me something. For the most part my pain dr gives me all my prescriptions, even my anti-depressants, so now I only need to go to my PCP when there is some other issue. I have nothing to say but positives about them & I wish everyone would be so lucky to have a dr like I do.... but I went through a lot when I lived in GA, my drs up there basically called me crazy- yet never did a single test..... gave me a cortisone shot & some skelaxin. ha! ha! ha! I am though, very glad the patch is working for you. I fumbled with those things the first few days. Until I got a tagederm. But, I never had any luck with it & hated the port it made.... & the smell.lol. Well, as you see I went all night without sleep.... ugggh. I wish they had like an IM system set up on here so I could bug the people who are up all night like us! Hope you were able to get some zzzzzs..... :)
RX's: Oxycontin 80 MG 2x's daily; Dilaudid 8 MG 4xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100 MG 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25 MG (as needed); Amitriptyline 25 MG 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil


mom9mom
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   Posted 12/8/2008 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Kttn I did go to bed after 4 then had to get up with my kids and grandkids at 6:30 .So I am tired today.I live in the second biggest city in Idaho but that is still small compared to most citys in other states.We are starting to get more and more specialist every year.But you dont have to many choises sometimes.For some things you have to go to salt lake city utah.I think that since Idaho is such a rural state there narcotics are not as closely regulated as most states.The only thing I hate about my patch is that it itches all the time.I must say that I have been very lucky that both my pain med. and my anti-depressent both work well for me and thay were the first drugs that my surgen tryed for both of my problams.
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.

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