Pain from ruptured discs - a hard time dealing

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Acheybody
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   Posted 1/29/2012 12:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi.  I planned to get on here sooner, but - the pain has been SO BAD I'm really struggling.  The electric kind that comes suddenly and makes you yell and gasp and grab the painful area (in my case, my low back-butt) until it passes.  Sciatica, I'm thinking it must be.
 
I've had fibro for many years, and back pain even more, but this is way beyond anything I can remember.  I'm hoping it's not permanent nerve damage because it's really hard to endure. 
 
I can't even use the computer much - I'm standing up while typing this - why I don't know, but sitting in a chair aggravates it more than anything.  If I'm careful I can sit on the couch.
 
I have 2 ruptured discs, L4-5 and L5-S1.  I felt it happen, or at least felt the pain come, 2 weeks ago.  My usual Tramadol helped some but, increasingly, not enough.  Norco has been sort of taking the edge off, but I think the Celebrex I took today worked better even better.
 
Anyone who's gone through this have any advice?  Good or bad recoveries?   How do you spell relief???   confused
 
Debbie
fibromyalgia, hashimoto's, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraines, tachycardia

sos007
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   Posted 1/29/2012 1:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh it does sound like Sciatica...I just got over a bout of that a couple months ago, and sitting is the worse thing for it. Good news with a little physio and some daily stretches it has settled right down. Have you tried googling it I believe they show some stretches and believe me you will get relief. Another thing my doc had me taking 2 tylenol with 800mg of advil. I take morph for my chronic pain but it did not touch the pain but the tylenol and advil helped quite a bit. I also found ice also helped.

Hope you get relief soon.

Blessings, Amy
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straydog
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   Posted 1/29/2012 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it does sound like sciatica and sitting is one of the most painful things you can do while its going on. I do feel for you, its no fun. I am assuming you have had an MRI and all done on your back. What does your dr propose to do about the disc problems? I think before starting any exercises I would check with my dr, maybe stretches would be ok, but I would be very careful. Has your dr ever said you have a pinched nerve in addition to the disc problem?

I do not know if you have seen your dr since the pain level has kicked up, if not perhaps you should call & see if they can work you in and be seen so he can see you while you are at your worst. Sometimes when the drs see us when we are really struggling as you seem to be, it can make a difference in our treatment.

Please keep us posted on how you are doing. Take care.
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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 1/29/2012 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Debbie!

I'm glad you made it over here to share with us, and seek support! wink You are now a member of the lumbar pain group! rolleyes eyes rolleyes …and it's not fun at all! shakehead

OK!….have you had a current MRI to confirm your injury?…and if so what does your Dr suggest. As far as nerve damage…yes!…. it is possible if left untreated, but the timeline for that is unknown, and everyone is different.

Are you doing PT of any kind? Your med's seem to be on the low side as far as dosage…..have you tried stronger med's ….like oxycodone? I think the more information we have the better direction we may be able to point you in.

Take care, and I hope you continue to visit us. We certainly understand what your going through.

SE wink
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Acheybody
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   Posted 1/29/2012 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the support. I am seeing my regular doctor tomorrow, I guess just to see if I'm doing all I can for now, as far as meds, moving, and whatever else.

I did have an MRI last Monday, SE, and it confirmed the 2 discs.

I guess what worries me the most is the EXTREME sciatica that comes in jolts and also the fact that I'm a bit numb in the crotch....not totally, but still....I worry about equina cardura(SP?) syndrome, although one doc told me if it had been that, I'd be paralyzed by now.

Oh, joy! Debbie

(yes, I can think of clubs that might be more fun, SE, but probably not w/nicer members!)
fibromyalgia, hashimoto's, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraines, tachycardia

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 1/29/2012 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
…Debbie, I have bulging disc in the cervical area, and also have some numbness going on in the upper back area. My appointment is the 14th of Feb with a surgeon, and I suspect a fusion will be the answer for me. I think the most important thing is a mechanical fix so that things do not get worse and I suffer some sort permanent nerve damage. My fingers get numb from time to time as well, so something must be done soon.

Let us know what they suggest, and I hope they can help you with some sort of pain relief. Just stay as low as you comfortably can with it,….and sometimes its not easy to do when it involves the "sciatica" nerve.

Take care,

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tmjpain
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   Posted 1/29/2012 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Debbie, welcome aboard. Wow that sounds quite painful. I hope you get some answers in helping you deal with this pain. Several members here have back issues and i'm sure they will be along and post.
hope you can get to feeling better soon.
Keep posting and let us know how things are going for you.

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