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   Posted 8/6/2011 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
My pain seems to be high once more and I am sitting here in my recliner/bed crying with every move I make that intensifys the pain going down my legs!  It's worse on the left side today.  Feels like someone is in there with a screwdriver and it is wrapped around the nerve.
I hate being in pain!  I'm at my wits end on what to do to make my pain go down too.  Any advice guys?
P.S. I've tried my distractions, a bath, heat/cold packs, nothing is working!

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 8/6/2011 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
      Scarred...I'm so sorry you are suffering this much today. When was the last time they did an MRI on you? Is there a possibility of another Epidural in the future?
     While I dont suffer the sciactica pain you and others do,...I do,... have one of those very sharp pains,... that drill's one to the floor smhair ..."one of those that no pain med will work on!" shakehead
      I can hear the despration in you're voice, and that you are looking for every possible solution...but have you considered that special diet that cuts out foods,.... that may cause some of the inflammation? My sister has been on this, and has had quite a bit of success with it.
    also...have you considered a pain pump? I can't remember the med's you are Oxycontin one of them?...and if so are you on them every 12hrs or 8hrs? Dr finally put me on them every 8hrs, and it is the first time,...or at least it seems that way...that I'm getting coverage around the clock.
   My memory is terrible sometimes...but didn't you just get a new puppy too?...or was it Chartreux? I was thinking, one of you were struggling with bending over trying to take care of him. Not much bending over with a fusion is there! shocked   If this is the case then maybe you are irritating the Scatica.
      Sorry, no suggestions, other than to get an appointment made, if it persist much longer.
    Again sorry...we all know it's not fun at all...and pushes you to the very edge. If I could snap my fingers and make it better...I would do it in a flash for you.
      Take care,
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Betsey Ross
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   Posted 8/6/2011 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   

Just letting you know that Im thinking of you and praying that you find relief soon.

Hang in there and please keep us updated in your quest of pain relief.

Soft Hugs
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of yibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected legcontinously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/need metal removed in July/wait 6 months for healing/then toatal knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take opana er

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   Posted 8/6/2011 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I know is horrible when you know you have done all that you can do and nothing will stop it. I just cry - sometimes it releases the emotional pain which can help the tiniest bit with the physical pain. I am sorry that you are having a difficult day.
I pray and wait for God to do His thing in His time...til then I am waiting with chronic pain...

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   Posted 8/6/2011 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe add a cold or hot pack...or rubbing in a cream like asper cream...
Hope your feeling better soon, with low pain levels

Thinking of you...
well wishes and prayers
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   Posted 8/6/2011 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Scarred...I'm so sorry that you are having so much pain today. I, too, have had an increase in my back and sciatica pain in the past few days. I wonder if it has anything to do with this awful heat wave we have been in lately? I see you live in Kansas...not sure of how your weather is now, but it's been 106-111 here in Texas for the past 2 weeks...and with the humidity factored in, they are saying our heat index is near 120. So I've basically just been trying to stay indoors as much as possible. I wanted to tell you what I did yesterday that helped me get comfortable for awhile. I decided to go get a pedicure so I could sit in their big comfy massage chair. The soothing foot bath was nice as well. At the end of the pedicure, the technician applied some cooling gel to my lower legs for a few minutes, then warm towels. really felt good and I felt better the rest of the day.

I hope you do find what works best for you very soon and get some comfort. Sending you (((((hugs)))))))

DDD, 3 bulging lumbar discs, bone spurs, facet joint arthrosis/sclerosis, osteoarthritis

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   Posted 8/6/2011 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually my dear friends, I have tried everything to get this darn siatica to simmer down.  Heat, Ice, massage, distractions, my tai name it I have tried it.  It's gotten so bad throughout the day that I am totally in tears everytime I move.
Right side, starts in my lower back where S1-L5 was fused and goes to the outside of my right hip where it breaks off and goes down the outside of my leg to my knee and also into my groin area.
UGGGGGGGG!  I can't help but wonder, since we got a bit of rain and the humidity is up, if that isn't why it hurts.
Headed for the tub once more!

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   Posted 8/7/2011 12:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh Scarred Bless your heart. I'm so sorry that you're in such horrible pain. I wish I could help you. but all I can think of is rubbing some BenGay or some kind of cream like that. Also, I would advise you to call your doctor on Monday if you're not better. I can't think of anything that you haven't already tried except the cream. I hope you feel better really soon.

love and hugs
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion

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   Posted 8/7/2011 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all for your great ideas for trying to calm down my pain. It's too bad none of it worked. Today I woke up and my siatica is still driving me nuts and the pain is still here! God I hate this! I will call doc tomorrow to see what she has to say and go from there.

Hope each of you are having a low pain day.


I live to "Tame My Pain!"

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   Posted 8/7/2011 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Scarred...I am so sorry to hear that you are not having good days:( I hope that you can talk with the Dr. tomorrow and see what they can offer to help.

I do know there are some specific stretches to do for this..but it's too hard to explain online!! So if you Google can see how to do them really helps me!!

The other thing is if you are able to take just plain old Ibuprofen...or another type of anti-inflammatory medication..

I am certainly hoping you can get some relief soon...

Sending you some gentle hugs (( ))
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
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(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006

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   Posted 8/8/2011 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I have chronic pain but I do not typically get severe cases of sciatica pain. The last time I did - it was as bad as Scarred is right now. I called my pain doc and they couldn't get me in so they sent me to the ER. That doc prescribed a 6 day tapering course of prednisone and it actually helped after about 48 hours. I was surprised, because I just did not think it would work.

BUT - I did do something to injure the sciatica and there was a lot of inflammation at the time. So if this is a pain that you regularly have, the prednisone may not help.

Good luck and I hope your doc comes up with a solution.

DX pyoderma gangrenosum, Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, Bone Marrow Transplant, Chronic Pain syndrome, Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 3, Major Depressive Disorder, Radiculopathy, Bilateral Hip Pain, Insomnia,Left Groin Hernia, Bulging Disk in Lumbar Spine, Tear in Lumbar Spine, Tendonitis and Bursitis in both hips, hypoxia due to sleep apnea and new problems with my lungs. Have had 2 abnormal CT scans.

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   Posted 8/8/2011 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Scarred,Sorry your having a bad pain day!I know with me relaxing and trying to focus on something else helps sometimes,sleep if you can ,hopfully you will feel better when you wake up.I totally understand what your going thru and hope your doing better soon! Till then takecare and read allthe posts from us here who allcare and hope your wellsoon !
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