prolapsed disc and thecal sac

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Scottish lass
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   Posted 10/7/2010 3:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, I'm new to this forum and just wanted to know everyone's view on chronic pain from prolapsed disc with indenting thecal sac?

i have had chronic pain for 17 years, tried every type of therapy and been examined numerous times by health professionals. Trouble is, in UK if you have no 'red flags' you don't get taken seriously, I'm not sure if US or other countries are the same (I'm pretty sure they are). I eventually had Mri last week which shows only a small central disc protrusion at L4/5 with indenting thecal sac, and a mild scolios on right side (apparently as a result of protection sore back for years), which doesn't really explain the increasing pain during the day which results in unbearable pain come evening.

I've just read above and what a nag! Still waiting to see consultant to see if any of this is treatable? Off work at moment and can't see any future for me unless something can be done.

Anyone had similar health problems, experiences? It feels like I am at the mercy of the professionals who don't understand how this is affecting my life.


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   Posted 10/7/2010 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Scottish Lass and welcome to Healing Well's chronic pain forum. I am so sorry that you are having such a bad time with your health. I am in the states so I have no idea what it is like for you to get medical care but it does not sound very good to say the least. At least by coming here you can visit with others that have CP too and know you are not alone. Sometimes it makes us feel that way.

I don't really know what the drs will think of your MRI report. Most drs here will not do surgery here on a small bulging disc/small central disc protrusion. They will do conservative care at best. Your disc problem is one level above the bottom disc. I do hope the drs are able to do something for you and get your pain level down to a tolerable level. Just being able to function is something. It is so hard to make a dr understand pain, its not something they feel so they have no clue. If the specialist does not seem interested in taking care of you, ask your dr to refer you to a pain mgt dr for care. They are more experienced in dealing with pain issues.

Again welcome aboard, I wanted to pop on here and say hello. Please keep us posted on how you are doing.
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   Posted 10/8/2010 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I too live in the States, and we have healthcare problems here too, but usually the wait time to
see a specialist is sometimes only 2 months for a first visit then once your established it's what
the doctor wants and how often you need to see him/her...
I hope you can get into the specialist soon, keep us posted on that. Back pain can be subjective
as what makes me hurt won't be the same for you so keep pushing till you get the care you
need and proactive as much as possible...and ask for maybe a contrast mri,
not all mri's are good at picking up on stuff, there have been many reports where mri's can miss things..
So ask maybe about a contrast mri or ct scan...
Sure hope this info helps and well wishes to you in hopes that you get a low pain day soon...
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   Posted 10/8/2010 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Scottish Lass,

Welcome to our family! I am sorry to hear that you have suffered so long! I hope that a doc can help you get some control on your pain!

Just a quick welcome today.....unfortunately I am hurting quite a bit! Look forward to getting to know you!

Take care of you!
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Medications - MS-Contin, Cymbalta, Famotidine and currently Prednisone

Scottish lass
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   Posted 10/11/2010 2:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your welcome and words of encouragement. It means a lot to have someone who understands what it is like living with chronic pain. I really needed the hugs.

An update on treatment offered: -

My consultant has referred me to the pain clinic - hurrah, where they are going to see if they can use a caudal epidural steroid to wash my inflamed nerves to bathe and soothe them. It sounds interesting, I wonder if anyone has had this treatment and I also wondered how long relief lasts (if indeed it does give any relief).

Meantime I am spending time with my collie Molly who was 14 last week and still a beautiful girl, she is a bit slower now too so I can manage her lol! I've also met another fellow pain sufferer and we get on great which is so good as she understands what I am going through.

Anyway, going to try and be more positive, by being down I only bring me down further.

Once again thank you so much. :-)

PS Hugs back (((((((((())))))))))))

Post Edited (Scottish lass) : 10/11/2010 1:26:00 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/11/2010 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Scottish lass

Everyone is different and epidural steroids affect people differently! The steroid prevents inflamation, nerves that are iritated or compressed become inflamed, and cause you pain, the steroids work on the inflamation and and by doing that it will hopefully stop the pain! The amount of relief one gets, varies from individual to individual and the length of time it last. When I get the epidural steroids in my neck, I get very good relief from pain, but it usually only last about 3 or 4 weeks! Some people get 2 or 3 months relief! Others get no relief at all! Even for me it varies on where they give the injection at! I had a steroid injection in my shoulder and the relief lasted for months, but I had one done in my hip joint and I got no relief at all from it! Hopefully you will get lots of relief from your pain and it will last a long time! Keep up your positive attitude, we are all here for you, to help and give you support!

I do Wish You Well!

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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!
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