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   Posted 3/29/2012 12:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Had an epidural with a new pain doc and was feeling great for 3 weeks. Then I come down with bronchitis and all the coughing and laying over my truck to fix it sent me back to square one. He was surprised I got so much relief with the first one.

It brought my rib pain down to a 3/4 when active an more of a 1/2 when sitting in a chair or driving. Now it's back to a 7/8 with pain meds and I have a 1000 plus mile trip this Friday. Should be a lot of fun. He wanted to wait until I get back on 4/10 to redo the epidural.

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   Posted 3/29/2012 5:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh man....how awful to get so much relief and then be back a square one! I don't have much to offer except to ask if you get RFA's and to report that they normally help me a great deal (but take about three weeks to work and are horribly painful for a while). They last me for months and months too.

I hope your trip will be the least painful it can be :)
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   Posted 3/29/2012 7:16 AM (GMT -6)   
      I'm glad to see he will do a follow-up and give you a second one. For many...the second...works nicley.
   Take care,
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   Posted 3/29/2012 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bill, I don't envy you that truck ride! A thousand miles with a hurtiing back is really going to be rough! Try your best to take it easy as you can. You know I don't think I have ever gotten more than three weeks of relief from any of the epidural injections I have had. I know allot of people claim they get allot more time out of them, but for me, I never have! I just finished up my third injection of three a couple of weeks ago and I got some relief but I don't think it was near enough to justify all the trouble of getting them in the first place. I know they're suppose to ease the inflamation process and thus reduce the pain, but  I don't think they really do anything to actually reduce the problem that causes the inflamation and pain in the first place! So the pain is always going to come back if there is a cause that making the inflamation and thus the pain. At least that is the way it has been explained to me. Untill the cause of the inflamation and pain is taken care of or fixed the pain is always just lurking there.
I sure wish you luck on your trip, be safe!
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   Posted 3/29/2012 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope you can get some time to rest on this long trip, bronchitis takes awhile to get over
so get some rest if possible...Sure hope your over the bronchitis soon...
get well wishes....
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   Posted 3/29/2012 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   


     White Beard is correct, and it is pretty common knowledge...that the Epidurals generally mask a deeper problem. I generally get 6 to 8 months relief in my cervical area...and of course bulging disc is my problem. My surgeon says I'm not ready for the surgery to correct it, and suggest I do Epidurals and decompression therapy first....and I'm not none to eager for surgery again. However, I'm sure it is comming one of these days. shakehead  

   again...I hope it helps you!

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   Posted 3/31/2012 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I ham no doctor, but after almost 15 years as a cp patient, I have found the epidurals are at best a quick fix, the other problem is the shots over time my become another issue altogether, they are steriods and cant be used over and over again without consequences.  So be informed and be careful.
The drive, I dont even want to think about, I rode 8 hours several years ago with my sister who stopped each time I asked her to, even so, when I finally back home, I could not ge ct out of bed for at least a week.
So good luck and make sure to ask questions concerning the long term effects of the shots.
Take care,
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   Posted 4/2/2012 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Howdy folks, hope yall are having a good day. I am in misery but have not been here for a while. I cant make my fingers work. I think of everyone I have met here wondering about our devil PAIN. I met with my pain mgt. doc last thursday. I will be having deep joint eps. soon. Both shoulders, neck,elbows, hands and finally my lower back. I am happy about trying this first before neck surgery. Yall have a good evening and dont forget dancing w t stars is on tonight. I used to love to dance. Maybe someday I can again.....I have been thinking of my dad Hunter all day. He died 25 years ago today. He was only 61. I am 61. He had non hodg. lymphomia. I thought he was old then, I know better now. Have a good evening...Cathy
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