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L5-S1 Radiculopathy
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 11
   Posted 7/29/2009 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a new symptom that zaps me all day and sometimes at night.  It feels like I burned the left side of my left thigh in a 5 X 8 inch area..  I'm hoping this is healing from when that area and the back of my thigh became numb before emergency surgery. 
 
Oral pain meds don't help.  I'm applying Lidocaine Patches that were prescribed 2 years ago for the same type of pain.  But they don't do much to quell it.  I plan on going back to the pain center if it doesn't ease-up in a week or two.
 
EMG showed that the nerves were still healing (after 3 years) when administered a few months ago.
 
By the way, I have a hard time reading this forum without weeping.


1988 - L4-5 herniation
2006 - Partial Laminectomy with Components of Cauda Equina Syndrome L4-5] (left side)
2007 - Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion L4-5
2008 - Right-side radiculopathy L5-S1
Standing order for epidural/nerve blocks & monthly Percocet refills


White Beard
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 7/29/2009 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
L5-S1

Welcome to the HealingWell CP Forum! I am sorry that your here, and in pain, but am glad you found us! I don't think you could have found a better place to come if you are having problems with pain! We are not Doctors and we sure can't fix you, but we can listen and support you and let you know that you are not alone with your pain! Sometimes that alone is a real comfort!

Are you seeing a Pain Specialist, or have anybody helping you manage your pain? That would be my first recommendation, is to talk with your doctor and request a referral to a pain clinic, and see what they can do for you, to help you get your pain under control! There are other things you can do and I am sure that the other people here at this forum will be chiming in an giving you many other helpfull suggestions! We have a Great group of people here, I am glad your here to join us, and hope that you will stay around , and be part of our family!

White Beard
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


Jim1969
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 2042
   Posted 7/29/2009 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Did I read that right? You are using Lidocaine patches that are around 2 years old? If so it is no wonder they are not doing any good as medications loose their potency after a period of time. How long depends on the med and how it was packaged.

IMHO there is no reason to wait to go see your doctor or the pain clinic. Call and make an appointment for as soon as you can get in. One thing about pain is that the longer it lasts the longer it takes to go away and the more susceptible you become to pain (meaning the more intensely you will feel pain).
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.


straydog
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Date Joined Feb 2003
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   Posted 7/30/2009 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome aboard L5/S1, love the name. I typed out a a note but we are having storms so my internet is acting up, rats!!! Will try to post to you later in the day. Hang in there.
Straydog/Susie
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


L5-S1 Radiculopathy
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 11
   Posted 7/31/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
WB - I see a physiatrist at the Capitol Spine and Pain center quarterly, and I get 2-3 epidural/nerve block shots a year.
Jim: The Lidocaine patches are sealed like wet naps, and have an expiration date of 02/10

The burning has already eased some. I think it's just the nerves letting me know they are healing. Trouble is, after they are crushed they heal like roads with pot holes. I think this would be classified as peripheral neuropathy. Thanks for listening (reading).
1988 - L4-5 herniation
2006 - Partial Laminectomy with Components of Cauda Equina Syndrome L4-5] (left side)
2007 - Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion L4-5
2008 - Right-side radiculopathy L5-S1
Standing order for epidural/nerve blocks & monthly Percocet refills

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