Hello, I'm new on here.
I have been diagnosed with Osteoarthitis in my lower back; they even called it spondylosis, which causes tightening. Does anyone have any suggestions? My legs constantly hurt all the way down into my feet, my hips hurt, and my back stays extremely tight all day.
I found out about this by having a horse accident, fell off and hit my back & hip on a log. Ever since I have hurt sooo bad, can't sleep (even if I take sleeping pills), my pain medication, and my muscle relaxers. I am a mother of 2, ages 8 & 10 yrs. Sometimes my left leg will give out on me and I almost fall; the dr's say it's nothing.
I've had several MRI's which they all come back saying I have OA in my L4 & L5 discs, I have been going to a pain mgmt dr for 2 and a half yrs, ever since my accident, have gone through a countless number of cortisone shots, have had lumbar spinal blocks, radio frequencies done on my back, discogram (which showed I had severly torn discs; however, the other dr. would not operate), and you name it regarding shots in my back, I have had them. The only thing that worked for a whole yr was a radio frequency; however, now it doesn't work anymore; already had another one a few months ago, didn't phase the pain. I've worn a tens unit too.
The dr's want me to put a medicine pump in me, but I won't let them because I'm 31 yrs old. Next week I'm going in for a CT/ Myleogram (contrast dye) to see if anything at all shows up besides the OA.
I have taken Lyrica, which was a nightmare (swelled up like the girl on Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (old version), Celebrex (did same thing), Neurontin (did same thing), and now I'm on Limbrel 450 mg per day, doing okay, but can't tell a change and have been on it for 3 wks now.
Please does anyone have any advice?
Dx: Osteoarthritis (back), Intercistial Cystitis of the bladder, cysts on my left kidney, Irrital Bowel Syndrome, & Migraines. (That is enough).
Rx: Soma 350 mg 3 x's a day (muscle relaxer), Limbrel 450 mg 1 a day, Levbid mg's? 2 x's day, OPANA-IR 10 mg 1 x day (dr will only allow me to take a night b/c I drive during day)....this is the only pain reliever he will prescribe & Trazadone for sleep & IC, Benadryl for IC.
***I can not take Elmiron for my IC of the bladder b/c it makes terribly sick & I swell w/it. **** No meds for this except Trazodone & Benadryl.***
If anyone has any suggestions it would be appreciated. Thank you.