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auntkay
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   Posted 1/7/2009 4:41 AM (GMT -7)   
cry  Here i am two weeks after my epidural and i guess it's wore off. I'm in pain again went in yesterday to get the second epidural and their xray machine was broke so no epidural for me .the dr. did do some testing of my strength and i've lost strength in my right leg so he's got me scheduled on friday for the second epidural. He must know this is only temporay relief because he said i should start thinking about seeing a surgeon.The loss of strength in my right leg is pretty bad he also said this could become permanent if i don't do something soon (as in surgery). I have to say i'm very concerned about having surgery on my back and i'd like your advice. What kind of surgeon should i see? How long of a recovery time will i be looking at oh the problem is the l5 disc is buldging and pressing on a nerve. SO i really need to hear what you all that have been in my shoes have experinced. Thank you,
 
 
                                                       Kay

straydog
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   Posted 1/7/2009 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Aunt Kay,
 
Good to see you but terrible to hear whats going on with you. I don't go to the CD forum much so I miss seeing alot of the folks over there. Aunt Kay, I am going to be honest with you here, the CP forum is not the place to rely solely on for outcomes of surgery, many of these folks have had back surgery and did not have a good outcome for one reason or another, therefore, their stories are not the typical.
 
When I worked I was in the legal field over 20 yrs. We handled worker's comp claims and personal injury. A very high majority of our clients with back and neck injuries underwent various kinds of surgeries. In this field Kay, I saw the good, the bad and the ugly when it came to drs. I knew for sure who I would go to and for sure who I would not let touch me with a 10 ft pole. My recommendation would be to consult with an experienced  neurosurgeon because you have nerve involvment and that is his specialty. Orthopedics deal with the bones more so in general, but one would be glad to do surgery on you if needed. The nerves are a very intricate part of our bodies. I will say this from experience, no one can guarantee surgery will relieve your nerve pain. The nerves will either heal and quieten down on their own or they won't. Some drs will throw some percentages at you on whether they will heal, the bottom line is a truthful & honest surgeon will tell you just what I did. Its also a fact that if left alone too long w/o surgical intervention, a nerve can become permanently damaged and never heal. Its a real crap shoot for sure. I have a very good friend that hurt her back and she kept putting off having anything done because of fear, by the time she made it to surgery it was too late. She drags her right leg when she walks. She is now my age 56 and still drags that leg. 
 
Alot of success is being done in microsurgery these days at least here in Texas, particularly in the pinched nerve dept. Surgeries vary, so does the recovering time frame. Most people that have a two level lumbar fusion take a good year totally heal, you may feel better sooner, but for a total recovery a good year. There are other surgeries people can heal in 3 months but they dr will say 6 weeks, so you can see how it can go. Everyone heals at a different rate.  If you are on any of the immune suppressants for your CD then you may consider having to go off of them if you end up of having surgery because they can affect the healing process. I found this out the hard way after being on Remicade and having both knees done three weeks apart. 
 
I would get an appt with a neurosurgeon, go in and see what he thinks before doing anything else. By the way, if Eppie number 2 does you no good, I would pass on number 3. He may want to try other conservative things first.
 
A good surgeon can either make your surgery a success or a failure. Do your homework when looking for a good one. Hugs, Susie  


straydog
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   Posted 1/7/2009 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Kay I think your problem is at the L5/S1 area which is the very bottom disc in your back and usually the one that causes many problems. In other words this is an area that usually gets the brunt of problems. Big hig coming your way. Susie


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   Posted 1/7/2009 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kay,

I'm glad to hear that the first epidural helped you, but am sorry to hear that it has worn of & you are back in pain. I can't help you at all with surgeons, etc. But from what my PM told me when I was getting injections, the more injections you do, the longer & the greater the relief you should get. Unfortunately, this theory didn't work with me, but hopefully it will with you & this next epidural on Friday will be even better than the first! I'll be thinking of you. Good luck! (and I know how frustrating it can be when a procedure gets delayed, that happened to me as well when I was supposed to get my first nerve block, and then my doc was gone for 2wks so I had to wait a long time! hang in there!).

Skeye

auntkay
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   Posted 1/8/2009 4:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your replies Susie,Skeye. I don't think my pm dr. will be doing many more epidurals on me by the way he sounded the last time we spoke . I'm in so much pain today i really don't know how i'm going to get thru the day. I can't keep calling into work but i feel so bad and in so much pain i hate to go in and have people starring at me. I just can't hardly bear this, thank god tomorrow is friday so maybe i'll get some relief tomorrow.I'm also in a catch 22 i can't really afford to take the time off work to have the surgery and i can't afford to keep being in this pain either. Sorry for the rant i really appreciate your support! Thank you all so much
Kay

kttn251977
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   Posted 1/8/2009 5:45 AM (GMT -7)   
AuntKay, I am sorry you feel so poorly, I think most of us can relate to those injections wearing off much sooner than we would like them too. As for the surgery, all I can say is get a couple of different opinions & check & double check their background. My PM dr has said it may help & it may make it worse..... I was thankful for the honest info. As for calling into work, have you applied to FMLA? It will literally save your butt from missing work. You can get so may hours a year of missed work time that your employer can not touch. When I worked, I didn't even have to call in. I would usually out of courtesy, but if I overslept or something, or was in so much pain I could come & go as I pleased. Make sure you check into that. Let us know what you decide about the surgery! Good Luck!
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Lindaloo
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   Posted 1/8/2009 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Kay, my good friend.  Sorry to hear about your back.
 
First of all I had L4/L5 back surgery over 25 years ago and it worked for me, but I needed a year in physical therapy three times a week to regain my muscle strength afterwards. 
 
I too, had epidurals and they were sometimes somewhat successful and other times they did nothing.  I would not have one again if my back were bothering me, which it is not, thank God.
 
My surgery was done by a renowned neurosurgeon in Miami.  I went to a couple of Orthopods and was even scheduled for the surgery the next day by an Orthopod, but something told me to run out of the hospital before I let him touch me, so I wheeled out and saw the neurosurgeon the next day instead.  I was glad I did.  He did a phenominal job on me.
 
I wish you luck.  I hope that maybe some of my comments have helped you.
 
Please keep posting honey.  And God bless you.
 
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skeye
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   Posted 1/8/2009 9:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Kay,

Good luck tomorrow! I hope you get some much needed relief!! Let us know how it went!

Skeye

auntkay
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   Posted 1/10/2009 1:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks i did get my epidural yesterday. Pain dr. says it can take 3 to 5 days to be effective.SO here i sit at 3:30 am waiting for pain meds to kick in.

auntkay
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   Posted 1/11/2009 3:59 AM (GMT -7)   
It's day two after the epidural and i'm up early again waiting on pain meds to take effect. So maybe tomorrow or the the next day it will take full effect. Hope you all are having a pain free day!

Lindaloo
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   Posted 1/11/2009 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hang in there Kay. I am praying for you.

Lindaloo
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Believe in yourself.  Be kind to fellow humans and animals.  Take time to smell the flowers and the coffee.
And by all means, when you are down, ask me for help.  I will be there.
 
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   Posted 1/11/2009 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Sweet Kay...you are such a dear and I hate seeing you in such pain. I have 'issues' at that same location but not as severe as yours. It is miserable when the pain shoots down your legs!

Please know that I am praying for some relief for you and keep us posted.
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ryand
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   Posted 1/11/2009 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Kay:

I didn't have much luck with the epi's, but I'm sorry to hear they didn't work so well for you either. I hope you are able to get a little relief from your pain medicine.

Ry

skeye
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   Posted 1/11/2009 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kay,

I hope the epidural starts kicking in soon! The waiting & wondering is the worst! I always dreaded that part. It is so stressful not to know whether or not it is going to work. I hope you find out soon!

Skeye

uniquelyme
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   Posted 1/11/2009 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Kay,
Monday will be YOUR DAY!!! I can feel it..

Pain Pain go away
so Kay can have a wonderful day

Sorry, that's all I can think of right now...LOL

Hope you have a great week,

Me.
 

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straydog
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   Posted 1/12/2009 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kay, aw I sure hope #2 does the trick and gives you some relief. Let us know how you are coming aong with this mess. Its just not much fun living with pain all the darn time. Hugs, Susie


auntkay
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   Posted 1/14/2009 4:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm still here and today is the the day i'm to call my pain mang. dr. and report to him on how the 2nd epidural has been. I'm still having pain the epidural has diminished the pain a good bit but it hasen't taken the pain away.I do know thou without the epidural i wouldn't be able to go into work and even being in mild pain makes it's hard to get thru the day but i can do it. I just wish the pain would stop!!!!I hope you all are having a pain free day.
Kay
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