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bsjaguar
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   Posted 12/15/2009 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
   Thanks for asking about me in your post, Screaming!  I'm ok just a little under the weather.  Think I caught a little bug of some sort.  I was having hot flashes & night sweats and thought it was the hormone demons visiting (I am in the process of going through menopause) but now I think maybe it's a little more than that.  So I've been reading more than posting.
 
    I didn't actually have an epidural done.  Mine was a facet joint injection at L-5/S1 without steroids.  They put me out pretty good so I was awake but not in pain.  I think it helped but as before I have pain in my hips if I sit too long and aching going down the back of my right leg down into my calf when sitting.  Crossing my legs will still set the ache in the leg off still too.  I like to cross my legs or sit with them tucked under me so this is a bother.  My injections are trials to see if I (like many others have tried) would be a candidate for nerve abalation (sp?).  My lower back is tender and rather stiff so I will continue icing it and hope for the best. 
 
   I'm feeling a little hungry now.  I'll post more when I get feeling better. 
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


skeye
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   Posted 12/15/2009 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
((((((((((Jag)))))))))))). I hope you feel better soon!

hugs,
Skeye

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 12/15/2009 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Jag,
Glad you're doing OK!!! Hope you had something GOOD to eat> It always helps me!!!
Hugz>
Pete

Chartreux
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   Posted 12/15/2009 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Jag,
Take care of yourself, and sure hope your back to feeling better soon...
sending chicken noodle soup thru the hard drive to you...
(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Jag)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
hugz
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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 12/15/2009 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
   Whew!...glad your ok..was starting to get concerned about you! I'm working on my reply in word right now, and will post my experience about it when I get the thing done....like you, I'm not up to snuff today either. Take care now...and keep posting for us all here.
 
        Michael

bsjaguar
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   Posted 12/15/2009 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone! Chart I found that chicken noodle soup you sent me in the cupboard, I didn't know you worked for the Campbell's company. I do feel better though, the soup hit the spot but I do know enough to just take it easy today.

I do think the injection helped now that I have been up & moving around some. It's still early so maybe the radiating achy stuff in my leg will get better. The doc said it could take a few days to see the full effects. If this works then I want to try something at the base of my cervical spine. My MRI didn't show any disc problems there but the doc seems to think that alot of my issues are from the facets which I agree with him on. But we will work on one area at a time. My SIL is getting a hip replacement done. Wish they could do a spine replacement. When you have so many bones, joints, facets & nerves to deal with in the spine a person tends to get impatient. Then there is the fact that nothing that you have done is a fix, all these injections & implants and such just give you short term relief. In less than a year it's back & you have to start all over again.

After my husband left for work this morning I just layed in bed and cried. I felt so crappy & I just want a miracle that will take the constant daily pain away. I get so sick of taking all these meds and still not feeling like my old self. I'm starting to think that I may be getting a little depressed especially with this gloomy winter weather & my pain levels have increased with all the highs & lows the winter season brings. Don't worry I will keep an eye on myself!

There are so many of you in the forum with awful diseases much worse than mine. My heart goes out to you all!!!
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


White Beard
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   Posted 12/15/2009 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Jag


I can relate to just about everything you just said! What can one do? Some days you wish it would just all stop! But it doesn't! I get X-rays done this afternoon and then my follow-up appointment with the surgeons assistant! I have been having some major problems the last 10 or so days, severe neck pain especially right in the back where the neck and shoulders come together and then going up the back of my head, and my hands keep going numb! I keep telling myself it will be OK and just wait till I have the appointment! I sure hope it isn't anything important! But how do you know? Allot of times I think it is the weather that causes it! And depression can play a big part of it too! Jag if you think your having some problems with a little depression talk to your Doctor about it. I know I was having a little problem, ( I felt like I wanted to cry all the time) I talked to my Doc about it and she put me on low dose Celexa, 10mg at bed time. It really helped, just enough to take the edge off! Didn't change anything else, but I don't feel like crying all the time, anymore! Might be something you might want to think about!



I sure hope you get to feeling better! Be good to yourself Jag!

Wishing you all the Best!



White Beard

bsjaguar
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   Posted 12/15/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
White Beard, sounds like we have the same issues with the lower cervical area. The neurontin helps the upper neck but doesn't touch anything else. I think it is just plain old osteoarthritis sitting into the facet joints and there's not much we can do about it. Not sure what's going on with the hands! Have you ever had any other issues with neuropathy before? I know that when I wake up my hands feel all swollen but don't really look swollen and they are stiff as the dickens.

I am positive that the weather has alot to do with my pain levels. My husband is a real weather channel geek so we have it on often. I have noticed a big coincidence with my bad pain days and different fronts going over us. I'm in NW Ohio and here lately we've had fronts coming down out of Canada & up from the south and congregating over us.

Have you ever tried any of the nerve pain meds such as neurontin or lyrica? Like I said before Neurontin was a god send the first time I tried it. I lived with the rice bag around my neck & smelled like a icy hot factory.
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


FunnyGurl
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   Posted 12/15/2009 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Jag

I just read your posts.  Yea winters and cold weather can be so bad on chronic pain and make your mood so low.  I hope you found a bit of sun today to brighten your day.

Be well

Rhonda


Humour is always the Best Medicine!
 
Fibromyalgia, DDD, 2 herniated Lumbar discs, OsteoArthritis Lumbar, Migraine, Dysthmic Disorder, Anxiey, Panic Attacks, OsteoArthritis Knee, Carpal Tunnel both hands, Currently Double Depression


White Beard
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   Posted 12/15/2009 10:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Jag

I tried neurotin a long time ago and it messed up my vision so bad that they took me off of it! Anyway the Doc said the xrays and the fusion looked good and that that the pain was possibly coming from other areas of my neck because of the stress that was being put on the other disk because of the fusion. But he said it could be with the numbness I am having in my hands it could be related to my other neurological problems, he thinks I should also see a neurologist and have more test done, he suggested an MRI of my brain and spinal tap. Several Doctors said they think I could also have MS???? He gave me the names of two neurologist that I should have my PCP reffer me to! Anyway with all all the bad disk that I have in my back and with the bone spurs and arthritis, who knows what is causing all my problems!

I certain can empathize with you Jag, we seem to have allot of the same disk problems, heck I even have bad knees, I have had surgery done on both of mine! Boy that is the pits, when ever the weather changes my knees lets me know about it!! You know you live close to my old stomping grounds I was born in Fort Wayne and I have relatives ( uncles, aunts and cousins) that still live in and around that area! Heck I even have relations that live in the Cold Water Michigan area and even in Toledo Ohio area Used to have an Uncle that lived in Van Wurt Ohio??? I moved away from there when I was small, I went back in the fall of 2008 to visit with some of my Uncles and Aunts! That area has really changed over the years!

Anyway I hope you are doing better Jag

White Beard

straydog
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   Posted 12/15/2009 10:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Jag, I hear ya on the facet joint pain. It will make a person totally miserable. such a deep pain. I had the MRI and the problem showed up at L5/S1 facet, major trouble there. Sitting is a killer and the hip pain from hell too. I hope this works for you. The R/F did give me some pain relief for a while. Needed it repeated but my ins said no. Take care and get to feeling better.
 

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 & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. 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 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


skeye
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   Posted 12/15/2009 11:23 PM (GMT -7)   
White Beard,

I don't want to take over Jag's thread, but I wanted to let you know that we're all here for you (I know, you know that :-)). I know how scary it can be to go through all the MS talk & testing as I went through it all this summer. Fortunately for me, all my tests came back clean (although unfortunately I still have no answers & screwy neurologic function of my eye), but it was a very stressful month or so! I know this isn't the first time that someone has suggested MS, but still. It's never something you want to hear. You really need to get yourself that dog for Christmas, so that you have someone (other than us) to go through this with you & someone to hug!

If you feel like it, start your own thread. Some people might not see your update here & I know I & others were/are worried about you!

many hugs, my dear friend,
Skeye

bsjaguar
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   Posted 12/16/2009 4:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Looks like my injection may have been a success. I've been up awhile now and so far no radiating anything in the legs or hips, yippee!! They didn't use any steroid so the doc said it wouldn't be long term but it still will give us some answers. I think the next step is a nerve block before they will do the rf. I have a follow-up appt Jan. 11 and will find out more then.

Straydog, how long did you get relief from the rf & why wouldn't the insurance pay for the 2nd one?

White Beard, sorry to hear you need to go through so much more testing. All these test we go through get expensive even with insurance. My doctor works with me to do my procedures on my scheduled monthly visits so I don't have to pay extra co-pays. Problem is there is alot of time inbetween procedures but can't really afford the extra visits right now.

I am feeling better today. Looks like the bug I had was short lived thank goodness. Today I have to call my claims adjuster for SSDI and let him know about my procedure & the xrays I had done on my knees. Yes, White Beard, I too have bad knees.

Take care all and thanks for all your replies!!!
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3

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