One day of no lower back pain!!!

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bsjaguar
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   Posted 12/21/2009 5:17 AM (GMT -7)   
As you all know I had an injection into the facet joint at L-5/S-1 a week ago, without steroids.  They had told me that my pain relief would be short lived but that it was just to find which area was causing my lower back pain.  Well, the day after the injection my back was very stiff so it was hard to tell the level of relief.  By Wednesday, my lower back pain was down to a 2.  It was heaven!!!!!  I have had lower back, hip & side pain constantly for 7 yrs and it felt so good.  By the next day the pain levels had increased and now it is back to my normal 6-8 depending on the weather.
 
My next step will be a block of some sort before RF will be done.  I definately will move on with the block because after having my 1 day of no pain I want MORE.  Even if I only get a few months it would be worth it.
 
Just wish this was my only problem area but anything is better than nothing when it comes to chronic pain. 
---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


Chartreux
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   Posted 12/21/2009 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh I hear ya about the wanting more relief....sure would be nice if a miracle cure was out there to give us those...was glad to hear you had one good day from those injections, the most relief I got was a few hours of relief, then wammo again...
Maybe the RF would work good for you...
Lots of soft hugz
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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 12/21/2009 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Jag, I'm happy for you! However mine is back, and Im not feeling to well. It will be back to the PCD for me over the Holiday's!

Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 12/21/2009 5:45:07 PM (GMT-7)


skeye
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   Posted 12/21/2009 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow! What a great "early Christmas present!" Lets hope those future procedures can extend that period of relief indefinitely!!!

hugs,
Skeye

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 12/21/2009 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
How wonderful to hear! I am so happy for you Jag!!!! Warm hugs dear and I do hope the lower pain lasts for years to come!


Hugsss

Scarred
What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P
 
Two level fusion on S1- L4 in 2000. One level fusion on L3-L4 in 2003 and revision on L3-L4 6 months later.  This led to a diagnose of failed back syndrome, nerve pain and Chronic Pain. Two bi-lateral patellar realignments on both knees last one in 1988.  Overall...I'm in great health. 


tmjpain
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   Posted 12/21/2009 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, I can just imagine how it must feel to be pain free for a day. How wonderful for you!!

bsjaguar
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   Posted 12/21/2009 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I knew you all would understand how happy I was with even just one day of no lower back pain. I remember after my lumbar fusion being pain free while I was walking & wearing my back brace and of course the walker. I thought at that time the doctors had finally cured me. Of, course, once I got back to the normal everyday stuff and getting back to work it was short lived but I still remember it.

Screaming I'm sorry to hear your epidural didn't last. I got two months out of my last injection into my bulding disk at L/2-3.

Scarred, I definately got a kick out of your post. Did you just take your meds? You wished that my lower back pain would last for years to come. Thanks alot!

I know that even if the rf works it is not a fix and probably the most I could wish for is maybe 9 months but wouldn't that be great. Don't want to get my hopes up too high though.
---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


privey
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   Posted 12/21/2009 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope it keeps it up through the holidays Jag what a nice relief for you. We might as well be greedy and ask for more than a day huh? After all you've been a good girl haven't you? Santa may as well reward you with comfort!!!

PAlady
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   Posted 12/21/2009 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Jag,
That must mean they at least located one of the areas causing the pain, so yes, an RF's a good possibility. And I've read they can last for some people up to 2 years. You never know by then what else will have been developed, plus I think you may be able to have it re-done.

Great holiday news!

Hugs,

PaLady

FunnyGurl
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   Posted 12/21/2009 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   

Well Jag that is great news.  It would be nice if it lasted longer no it would be totally awesome. So maybe this gave them the info they needed to treat your back.

Have a great Holiday Season.


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 12/21/2009 10:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Jag
I just wanted to chime in tell you how Happy I am for you! I do wish you all the best during this Christmas Season!

Please take care of yourself and be Good to yourself!

White Beard

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 12/22/2009 4:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Jag, Maybe the relief will come back! You had one good day and maybe since the pain was down, you did a little more than you should have and caused a little inflamation. Hang in there, it sounds like they might have hit the spot and thats GREAT news! Hopefully after you rest your back a bit, the swelling will go down and the pain with it! I'll keep my fingers crossed and throw a prayer in for good mesure!
Hugz> Pete

bsjaguar
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   Posted 12/22/2009 4:26 AM (GMT -7)   
That's not gonna happen, Pete, but thanks for thinking of me. Yesterday my sides & hips were killing me everytime I moved but if I don't move I get still all over. It's a catch 22.
---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


straydog
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   Posted 12/22/2009 5:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Jag, it sounds like your dr hit the right spot and found the source of some of the problem, woohoo, that encouraging to say the least. Let's hope by the time he gets to the RF that too wiill help eliminate some of the problems you are having. RF's can last anywhere from 6 months to a year per my dr. I had it done on my neck and back and it really helped my neck and same with the back. Only problem was the back did not last as long as the neck did. We would have repeated them but my ins would not pay for it. Good luck and many thoughts of some relief.
 

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.


Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 12/22/2009 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I have to agree with stray, it is very encouraging news! When they did the RF on me it only lasted about two hours. Unfortunately it was the numbing medicine that was the relief that I desired and when that wore off the pain once again returned with fresh vengeance! It's terrible that it didn't work but it wasn't a year later that my Pain doc figured out why. The nerves that are impinged are deep in my back and too close to my spinal cord to really be able to fix.

The neuro that I went to in Wichita looked at the Disogram results as well as my recent MRI and said the same thing. If they were to go in and try to fix them I would be paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of my life! And that is a risk I refuse to take!!

Hugsssssssssss

Scarred
What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P
 
Two level fusion on S1- L4 in 2000. One level fusion on L3-L4 in 2003 and revision on L3-L4 6 months later.  This led to a diagnose of failed back syndrome, nerve pain and Chronic Pain. Two bi-lateral patellar realignments on both knees last one in 1988.  Overall...I'm in great health. 

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