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   Posted 12/1/2009 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my 2 week post epidural followup today with the physiologist, and I am not too happy all in all. She seemed unable to comprehend why the epidural did not work and wants to me have another. To my way of thinking that is like changing the plugs on a car that isn't running right, and when it still isn't running right changing them again. rolleyes Then she proceeds to prescribe me Lyrica. I reminded her that I am already on Cymbalta which does nothing for my back pain and she tells me that Lyrica is more like Neurontin. Well I have tried that too. First for the neuropathy and then again for my back pain, and it was like taking M&M's for all the effect it had on me.

Tomorrow I have an appointment with my PCP and I have about 100 things to discuss with her it seems. It was 99 but I want to talk it over with her and get her thoughts about Lyrica since nuerontin didn't work and also taking Lyrica and Cymbalta together.

Then on Thursday I go and get a new MRI done on my lumbar area. This is the only thing the physiologist said today that made any sense.

Finally on next Monday I have my followup with the podiatrist over my foot ulcer/infection. The good news is that is seems the infection is gone, now it is a matter of the ulcer healing up which is going to take a while.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

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   Posted 12/2/2009 12:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Jim both of those drugs are being used together with some excellent results when one alone is not the trick. Good luck.


<FONT>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.

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   Posted 12/2/2009 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Isn't an epidural injection more for general pain and not in a specific area. If I remember right those go more into the epidural lining in the spine, the same area as when you have a baby. I had those done years ago with no help either. I had two done and quit at that point.
Is your pain in a more specific area? Maybe your doc needs to try finding exactly what nerve is causing your pain. I have also had trigger point injections into muscles before that were freaking out and those really helped.
Hope with the MRI you will be able to pinpoint what exactly is causing your issues in your lumbar area. Is this the first MRI you've had done in this area?
Sorry for all the questions, I'm just a curious kinda person. Maybe you can get more answers on the Lyrica/Cymbalta mix on the fibro forum since lyrica is prescribed more for fibromyalgia. Let us know what your PCP has to say.
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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   Posted 12/2/2009 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
    Jim...was that the only epidural you have had? In many cases they recomend getting the second one...as it seems to help the best. An epidural works for some and then on others it doesn't. I had the second one before it took in my neck...you may want to give it a try....then you will know for sure. I'm getting ready for my 6th one over all....I had Three total in my neck over a period of 8mo and two in my lower back. I never did get any real relief in the lower back though. It has been over a year since I had one in my neck...and I'm due to try again...as I feel the last one wore off. Take care now!
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