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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 8/26/2008 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   

Post Edited (tsitodawg) : 11/16/2011 5:35:41 AM (GMT-7)

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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 320
   Posted 8/26/2008 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had nerve blocks done in the spine & the sacroiliiac, and trigger point blocks done on the neck. I have several bulging discs with stenosis among other things. No. This is not an extreme measure. They are trying to keep you from having to go to the heavy duty narcotics.

The nerve blocks did nothing for me. The spine was not all that painful. The sacro. blocks were excruciating. They do help some, but not me. The trigger point blocks have helped my horrid neck pain. If they help they are well worth it. I imagine they will get you into PT also. I advise trying PT. I am stuck with narcotics. I'd much rather not be. I wish you all the best.
150mg Azathioprine, Lomotil, Iron, Nexium 2/day, Fentanyl patch, Oxycodone, Baclofin
Crohn's, Fibromyalgia, Several bulging discs, Bone spurs, Osteoarthritis, Osteopenia, Reflux, Stenosis, Strictures, Dengenerating facet joints
2 resections
When I am weak, then am I strong

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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 8/27/2008 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   
They tried an epidural when I had a severe bulging disk. Like you, I was incapacitated with one leg not working at all-couldn't sit or stand at it's worst. Unfortunately, my disk was so protruded, they could not inject the epidural without sending me through the roof. The intial numbing agent felt good for a few mintues though :-)

Don't wait and get some care for this before your disk bulges more. Personally, I found chiropractic care to increase my problem. The physical therapy was a big help though. A lot of standing and stretching "tricks" that relieved a lt of the pain. I still do them today as I have two more disks that are flattened and i want to keep limber if things go wrong there.
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....

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