Lower Back Pain and Prednesone

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Paul L. Viverito
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   Posted 12/23/2011 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had lower back pain for many many years but it used to come and go. Now its constant and goes from 3 to ten on the pain scale. I went to the doctor yesterday and he prescribed Prednesone 10 mg and tramadol 50 mg's for pain I started the prednesone yesterday and I only took twoTramadol yesterday. TODAY I CONTINUED WITH THE PREDNESONE BUT DID NOT TAKE ANYMORE TRAMADOL So far my pain is gone and the flexabilyt of my back seems normal. I;m scheduled to see an orthopedic doc next week to find out what the cause is. Whatever it is I will not allow any surgery. I might be a little premature but I've decided to try Tournament archery again.
For whaterver it's worth I'm eighty years old, so you younger guys hang in there. "MERRY CHRIRTMAS"

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   Posted 12/23/2011 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Paul, and welcome to Healing Well.

It's great that your back has responded to prednisone. I know that I was put on prednisone recently for another issue entirely, and I too noticed a slight improvement in my back pain. Unfortunately long term use isn't really a great option for me, though I'm looking into 'pulse' therapy.

Good luck with your orthopaedic appointment - please do stick around and keep in touch, let us know how you get on. Merry Christmas to you too.

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   Posted 12/23/2011 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Paul, Welcome to our family in Healing well. So sorry you had lower back pain but so glad you found Predinose works for you

Please keep in touch with us and let us know how you progress.

Happy Holidays
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Paul L. Viverito
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   Posted 12/24/2011 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Well it's tree days now and I haven't taken any pain pills just prednesone and My wife says I even look differently
(maybe more handsome).
The way the doctor described my problem. he said there is a blood vessel in the middle of my spine that was inflamed and irritated and it was being squeezed by the spinal column reducing the blood flow causing the pain. Apparently the pain killers were'nt necessary as I only took two the first day and have'nt taken any since. I'm still slightly aware of my back, but no pain and I can walk and bend with no problems. I haven't tried any heavy work yet, I'll wait until I finish the Prednesone. Good luck to you all, this has been a great relief.

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   Posted 12/24/2011 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Paul, thats great that the steroids did the trick for you. Many times a steroid is prescribed to see if it will help with the inflammation. Since you have responded so well to this treatment and if you have another flare-up at least you know something that can help you out. Steroids can be very effective for lots of different problems, but they are just not a drug that is good for long term treatment because of the side effects.

To be on the safe side if this were me I would stat off slow with my activities, if you go too fast you could have a set back. Better to be safe than sorry sometimes. I hope you and your family have a great Christmas. Take care.
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