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SoSickAndTired
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   Posted 7/9/2011 2:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sick of this back pain... My pain specialist wants me to start getting injections, but I really don't want to... But the pain's been so bad lately. I can't take it.... Advice???
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Norco 10/325. 3 times per day
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Blessedx8
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   Posted 7/9/2011 2:30 AM (GMT -6)   
SickandTired,
 
I'm sorry that I don't remember your whole story.... but it seems like you are really suffering w/ your pain issues.  I would try anything and everything to see if something will help. 
 
Who knows?  The injections may give you some good relief.  Is there a particular reason that you are not wanting to give them a try? 
 
Also, have you ever tried extended-release pain medication to give you more "constant" pain control (vs. all the ups/downs)?  Looking at your meds, it seems you are only on short-acting meds - meaning you are essentially always "chasing" the pain.  Just a thought to talk to your doctor about.
 
I wish you luck.... Let us know how you are doing. --Tina

SoSickAndTired
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   Posted 7/9/2011 2:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I've just heard from a lot of people that they're very painful and that they rarely work... I'm just hesitant, but I'm at the point that now, I'm willing to try anything. Plus I'm about to start physical therapy, so I know I'll be very sore on top of the pain I'm already in... As far as the meds... What do u suggest... I didn't want to ask for a specific medication when I first started seeing my pdoc coz I didn't want him to think I was a drug seeker....
Bi Polar 1
Anxiety/ Panic disorder
Major depressive disorder
Anhedonia
Epilepsy
Scoliosis/ Degenerative disc disorder/ Arthritis

Meds:
Lamictal 300mg daily
Seroquel 300mg daily
Klonopin 0.5mg as needed
Xanax 1mg as needed
Vicodine 750mg as needed
Norco 10/325. 3 times per day
Mobic 15mg

"Never settle for less than you deserve, have the courage to walk away when you know you should, live with a purpose, love with passion, fight with all you have, know what you're worth, embrace your potential, understand the odds, learn the rules, then.... conquer the impossible"

Blessedx8
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   Posted 7/9/2011 3:37 AM (GMT -6)   
SickandTired,
 
I understand what you are saying.... but here's just some food for thought.
 
Re: the injections - I've had several injections... from trigger point injections to nerve blocks to the pain pump trial.  I'm not sure what injections they are talking about doing - but usually - they aren't so bad. 
 
True, you could be a bit sore.... but it usually only lasts a day or two.  After that - you'll be able to see if it's something that will be helpful w/ your pain or not. 
 
Re: meds - I have a *slightly* different view of this, than many people on here.  I really believe in being an advocate for yourself and your pain needs.  Truth be told - narcotics ARE a part of pain control for many people w/ chronic pain. 
 
While I don't advocate walking in and demanding "so and so" drug... I don't think there is anything wrong with sitting down with your doctor.... letting him know that your pain is not being covered.... and would he consider giving you an "extended release" medication - so that your pain is better covered. 
 
Many of us here take a long-lasting medication (morphine, oxycontin, methadone, fentanyl, etc) and then something for "breakthrough" pain (percocet, dilaudid, etc). 
 
Again, I don't know your particular situation.... if you are at that point yet.... etc etc.  BUT - if your pain isn't being controlled w/ what you are using - you really need to share this w/ your doctor.  Speaking up about your pain and wanting a better quality of life doesn't make you a drug seeker, right?
 
I'm not trying to downplay your feelings - because it took me many, many horrible experiences to get to where I'm at now.  But I wish I would have been this assertive in the beginning and not have let doctors intimidate me, etc.  I knew I was in pain.... and I knew I needed help.... and I knew I wasn't a drug seeker.  But I let a lot of docs make me feel this way - until I learned to stand up for myself.  Over time - I found great doctors AND they respect that I speak up, do my homework and let them know when something works/doesn't work. 
 
Anyway, I really encourage you to talk to your doctor.... more about the injections; but also about your medications and perhaps trying something that might help you better.  If you are taking both vicodin and norco (?) - those are both short acting meds AND you are getting a ton of acetaminophen - which is not good either.
 
Again, just food for thought....  I sure hope you find relief.  --Tina

Jim1969
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   Posted 7/9/2011 3:45 AM (GMT -6)   
How "painful" the injections are depends on exactly which injections are given and the doctor giving them.

Some injections must be given without the use of any kind of sedation or anesthetic. Many others though one or both of these can be used if the doctor performing the injection is so inclined, and many times this seems dependent on what kind of facility is being used. If done in a hospital procedure room the odds are good that you will be numbed up, if done in some type of clinic the odds are about 50/50 and if done in a office setting the odds are good that you will not get any kind of anesthetic.

Before making a decision you should talk to both the doctor suggesting this procedure as well as the doctor who will be doing the injections and get details the entire procedure from what you need to do before to get ready, to exactly what will happen during it, and what you can expect after. You also, while speaking to the doctors, need to make sure they understand any fears, hesitations, reservations, etc that you have about the procedure. Finally make sure all of the doctors involved understand ALL of your health issues. If possible it would be a good idea for you to have someone with you during these talks, as well as during the procedure should you decided to do it, who can act as your advocate and who can act to make sure that everything done is done in such a way as it will be in your best interest.
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SoSickAndTired
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   Posted 7/9/2011 4:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I believe the spinal epidural is the injection he suggested for me. My pain doc is the same person who'd be giving the injection... I always have somebody with me, everytime the same person comes with me, to every different doc I see (as well as weekly therapy)... I think she knows more about my conditions then I do lol. Any information I might miss during a conversation between myself and a doc, she'll hear and go back over it w/ me again....
MEDS- I will for sure discuss adjusting my meds... I've been on the same meds for so long, I'm so scared of the possibility of withdrawal.

Tina... When u said you couldn't remember my exact story, I'll fill u in a lil bit.... Scoliosis is common in my family, my grandmother, mother, aunts and sister all have it as well... In all the other cases in my family, none were severe, so when the doctor warned my mother that mine was more sever then the rest of the family (when I was a child), she dismissed him... The doctor suggested I wear a brace until I hit puberty, but again, she said no because they claimed that once I hit puberty, my scoliosis would stop progressing.... I dealt w/ pain my entire life, even as a child. The first time I threw my back out and was immobilized, I was only 14.
As I got older, the curvature only got worse. My right hip sits way higher then my left. My right leg is longer then my left because of this.
I now have 2 children (and I was told that my body wasn't physically strong enough to handle a pregnancy)... With each pregnancy I was put on immediate bed rest and both times had blood pressure problems and ultimately, labor had to be induced. I don't know if the epidurals during labor made my condition any worse, but, the 1st labor, it took them 2 tries to get the catheter in place, and w/ the 2nd pregnancy, they tried 3 times and still couldn't fit the catheter in place because they said the epidural space was too tight.
From then on, I was a single mom to 2 small children (who are now 6 and 4), and I'm not supposed to be lifting more then 15 lbs. That's nearly impossible in my situation. I met w/ a surgeon who strongly suggested spinal fusion surgery, but I really don't want to do it, I've heard too many horror stories.
I experience numbness in my legs (especially the higher sitting hip) when I lay or sit in the same position for too long. I've filed for social security because with all my conditions combined, working isn't an option right now.
I have a lot of resentment towards my mother because I know that if she would've just simply made me wear a brace as a child, my condition wouldn't be as severe.... When I got my last xray done, I heard the nurses gasping and whispering, one of them looked at me and said "how the hell can you even stand up, let alone walk?!"... When she showed me my, I broke down and cried... I mean, I knew it was bad, but to actually see how severely curved it is, it depressed me. Then I found out about the arthritis and that my hip is wearing away... I'm only 25... I feel like I have the bones of an old lady...

Sorry, I'm talking your ear off, there's just so much to say... Thanks for listening- Kayla
Bi Polar 1
Anxiety/ Panic disorder
Major depressive disorder
Anhedonia
Epilepsy
Scoliosis/ Degenerative disc disorder/ Arthritis

Meds:
Lamictal 300mg daily
Seroquel 300mg daily
Klonopin 0.5mg as needed
Xanax 1mg as needed
Vicodine 750mg as needed
Norco 10/325. 3 times per day
Mobic 15mg

"Never settle for less than you deserve, have the courage to walk away when you know you should, live with a purpose, love with passion, fight with all you have, know what you're worth, embrace your potential, understand the odds, learn the rules, then.... conquer the impossible"

Alcie
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   Posted 7/9/2011 7:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I've got scoliosis too, not as bad as yours, I'm sure. It's caused my disks to herniate especially in my lumbar area, but I have bad spots all through my whole spine.

There are lots of places to give these injections and lots of types of injections. The epidurals I've had work lots better than the facet joint injections. The caudal injection (tailbone where a lot of the nerves come out) was one of the best and has lasted about the longest.

It's nothing like the epidurals you had in labor. I had those too x4. These are guided by fluroscopy and have steroids as well as local anesthetic. The labor ones were point and poke with just anesthetic.

None of them are cures, although they can give disks time to resolve on their own without surgery, but the good ones do stop the swelling and hence the pain sometimes for a year. So it's worth it to give it a try. It may get you off the meds, or at least a lot of them.
Alcie
 
 

SoSickAndTired
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   Posted 7/9/2011 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm willing to give it a try... Its just scary to think about another needle in my back lol but the pain is becoming too much to handle at this point.
Bi Polar 1
Anxiety/ Panic disorder
Major depressive disorder
Anhedonia
Epilepsy
Scoliosis/ Degenerative disc disorder/ Arthritis

Meds:
Lamictal 300mg daily
Seroquel 300mg daily
Klonopin 0.5mg as needed
Xanax 1mg as needed
Vicodine 750mg as needed
Norco 10/325. 3 times per day
Mobic 15mg

"Never settle for less than you deserve, have the courage to walk away when you know you should, live with a purpose, love with passion, fight with all you have, know what you're worth, embrace your potential, understand the odds, learn the rules, then.... conquer the impossible"

sore42long
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   Posted 7/9/2011 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
hi .Sickandtired ,Iam in te same position ,my last Dr appointment mentioned botox the nerve,after having 3cortizone injections this year .Iam told if if doesnot work surgery!Iam sore everyday and on oxycontin pain meds ,somedays so sore Idon't get out of bed !Lately Ihave been pushing myself so its like afew days Iget things done ,then back to laying around the house in pain ! Ihate taking the meds so I know the pain is dulled by meds.Iam more than willing to try injections.Any less pain will make me happy,Iwill be posting all my resaults and my appointment is in afew weeks.Take care hope your feeling better

SoSickAndTired
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   Posted 7/9/2011 10:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank u. I understand your pain so well. Its the same with me! I lay around a lot. And its depressing. Things I used to love and enjoy, I no longer have any desire to take part in. I physically can't do the things I used to. I'm only 25 and feel like I have the weight of the world on my SPINE. And to top it off, I have 2 children (ages 4 and 6) as well as 2 step children (ages 8 and 10)... Which makes it so much harder to take care of my own needs, as well as theirs. By the end of the day, when they're finally down for the night, all I want to do is lay down, but when I do, I'm so uncomfortable and can literally hear every bone in my body cracking while my body settles into the bed or couch, etc...... Every morning, I wake up and can barely stand, it takes about an hour for my body to loosen up enough for me to stand up straight. I'm just so sick of it. Surgery will only make it worse! I'll be even more stiff then I am now...... I heard about a new type of surgery where they're using plastic discs instead of metal... I don't know all the details, but if it absolutely come down to me no longer having a choice anymore, I want to try and get that done. But the curvature of my spine is so severe, the surgeon basically said I need spinal fusion and the cage around my spine. He said I'll be stiff for the rest of my life and won't be able to do simple everyday activities. He said even getting on the floor to play with the kids would be very difficult for me. I'm scared to get on really serious meds, although we all know they're needed, we don't abuse them, but our bodies can't help but to become dependent on them. I'm physically depended on the hydrocodone... If I don't have them, the withdrawal is unbearable.
Bi Polar 1
Anxiety/ Panic disorder
Major depressive disorder
Anhedonia
Epilepsy
Scoliosis/ Degenerative disc disorder/ Arthritis

Meds:
Lamictal 300mg daily
Seroquel 300mg daily
Klonopin 0.5mg as needed
Xanax 1mg as needed
Vicodine 750mg as needed
Norco 10/325. 3 times per day
Mobic 15mg

"Never settle for less than you deserve, have the courage to walk away when you know you should, live with a purpose, love with passion, fight with all you have, know what you're worth, embrace your potential, understand the odds, learn the rules, then.... conquer the impossible"

Blessedx8
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   Posted 7/10/2011 1:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Kayla,
 
I was going to write to you here... but I've hit a wall all of a sudden and have to get into bed... I'm wiped out.

But I'll write more tomorrow.... but just wanted to say that I'm sorry for all your pain issues, but I'm glad you are here and are able to vent, because we really do care!  No worries about rambling on lol - I do it all the time :)
 
Anyway, I hope you are resting... and I'll chat w/ you more tomorrow.  Hang in there!  --Tina

SoSickAndTired
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   Posted 7/10/2011 1:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok Tina, get some rest and I'll talk to u tomorrow :)
Bi Polar 1
Anxiety/ Panic disorder
Major depressive disorder
Anhedonia
Epilepsy
Scoliosis/ Degenerative disc disorder/ Arthritis

Meds:
Lamictal 300mg daily
Seroquel 300mg daily
Klonopin 0.5mg as needed
Xanax 1mg as needed
Vicodine 750mg as needed
Norco 10/325. 3 times per day
Mobic 15mg

"Never settle for less than you deserve, have the courage to walk away when you know you should, live with a purpose, love with passion, fight with all you have, know what you're worth, embrace your potential, understand the odds, learn the rules, then.... conquer the impossible"
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