chronic low back and sciatica pain

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   Posted 4/19/2009 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everybody, just joined today. Hoping to find a understanding group of people to share my chronic low back and sciatica pain with. I an currently going under the needle at a pain management center in Cleveland. Currently taking lyrica 3 times a day 100mg. Along with percoset and more recently ultram. Anyway here I am and hello :-)

White Beard
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   Posted 4/19/2009 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry you have a reason to come here, but I am glad you found us! Welcome to Healing Well Chronic Pain Forum! I personally don't think you can find a better, more caring and compassionate group of people anywhere! I think you will find folks here are kind of like a family, we listen to each other and support each other, and above all since we are all pretty much in the same boat, ( wa all have CP) we tend to understand each others pain, and we can empathize with each other!
Again Welcome to the forum!

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   Posted 4/19/2009 11:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, LB Pain,
It's late but I wanted to add a quick welcome to you. It's sad any of us have to be in pain, but it's great we don't have to suffer alone.

Are you being treated at Cleveland Clinic, or one of the other many facilities there? Just curious how successful you think your treatment has been. You say the needle, so I'm guessing you're getting some type of steroid injections, which most of us go through. I've had a double fusion, after many injections faied. But some people find they do give relief. I hope that's true for you!

Again, welcome.


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   Posted 4/20/2009 12:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi LB:

I just wanted to say Hi too, and welcome. Although the people here suffer from a wide array of conditions, we all suffer with chronic pain, and a lot of us it is from low back issues, myself included.

You have definitely come to the right place for support. I have checked out some other pain support websites, and they can't hold a candle to this one. I look forward to learning more about you and vice versa.


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   Posted 4/20/2009 4:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome as well and sorry for the reasons you have come to be here. It is nice to have a place to go to when things more then we can bear without an understanding shoulder to lean.

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   Posted 4/20/2009 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
LB, I'm sorry I'm late for the welcoming party! I'm glad you have found our little family. I can't begin to tell you how much these good folks have helped me cope w/ my CP! Stick around and you will be welcome here. Let them know about your pain, your fears and even whats happened to your relationships because of your suffering and someone will help you through it. More like a bunch will show up and do their best to help you! This is a special place where everyone understands!
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   Posted 4/20/2009 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome...I join the other family members in giving you a warm welcome.But I am so sorry that you have to be here.  You will fit in nicely with the rest of us misfits....Hope to see you again..

We are all in the same boat...unfortunatley it seems like it's sinking...
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   Posted 4/20/2009 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I cannot find better words than those that have already been said. Welcome...
I would not wish this which unites us upon my worst enemy...alas, friends and kindred souls, too many wonderful people, are here...
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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/20/2009 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your warm response. To answer Palady's question I am a regular at Lutheran Hospital's Pain Management Clinic which is under the Cleveland Clinics umbrella. The shots I get are the epidural type. I get a series of 3 shots, 1 every 6 days. But they tell me I can only get 12 shots a year I am up to 9 so far. It does help but, I am never completely pain free. My doctor has put me on lyrica which does help. He has recently given me ultram, because he wants to get me off the percoset. Has anybody taken Ultram? I just got the script today I'll have to see how it works. They always ask me at the clinic what my pain level is based on their 1 to 10 pain chart, 10 being the worse. As I write this I am at a 5 which is typical most of the time. After the series of shots I get down to a 2 or 3 but it seems to wear off after a couple weeks. Thank you again for you responding. Trying to talk about being in constant pain with people who don't understand is frustrating. Their response is "well you don't look to bad: rolleyes Anyway, I'm glad I found this place and, I hope I didn't complain to much......

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   Posted 4/20/2009 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi LB, we all fully relate to the "well you look all right" statements. I'm sure most of us have had them at some stage in our diseases/conditions. I never know whether to be brutally honest when people ask how you are and toally embarrass them or just brush them off! I think I'm getting less tolerant the longerthe pain lasts. Most people don't really want to know. Plus here is where you get to complain. We don't mind we all do it at some stage, just get the pain right out here on the page and have a good moan about it. Welcome, golitho

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   Posted 4/20/2009 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, LB, never worry about "complaining" or venting here. We all do it - or we'd never survive! And I almost always get that "gee you look fine" or even that I look good and lately I just want to scream when I hear that. Maybe one day I'll have the patience to explain it all to those few who really would try to understand, but mostly it's just my cousin right now.

And all my friends here.

So welcome! And if you do a search for "ultram" you'll get some older threads with varying info. Since medications are so individual, I'd suggest trying it out and seeing if it works for you rather than relying on the responses in a forum that may run the gamut. The injections don't last forever, though; not a cure, just a temporary easing of symptoms, if you're lucky enough to get that!


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   Posted 4/21/2009 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks PaLady I will search for ultram and see what's up. Thanks for making me feel at home here...Jim

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   Posted 4/21/2009 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Wanted to says welcome and again sure wish it was under better circumstance, but since that'll not
happen, then Welcome...the people here are nice and have either been there or know what your
dealing with so your not alone....
Lots of soft hugz and hope you get a low pain day...
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Tony McGuire
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 4/21/2009 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Quite separate from my welcome to the shindigs, my welcome to its people; some of the finest people in pain management patients you'll find anywhere. Regardless of how we may say things, we never give medical advice; that would be illegal and none of us are interested in doing anything illegal. We are passionate about staying within that rule.

To your issue
Well, when I hear Lyrica and Ultram, inevitably I hear Methadone and quite possibly Morphine or Cymbalta.

I'm not suggesting you take them, nor whether you even ask about taking them. I would merely suggest that in your spare time you might read up on them in case it is brought up; then you will appear to be the smartest patient in existence.

Welcome to our home. Relax and make it your own, please. Great to meet you, and I hope we touch bases together often.
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Post Edited (TonyMcGuire) : 4/21/2009 9:01:02 PM (GMT-6)

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