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sciatica w/back lockin to right for over 1yr. and half

Started by jerry1972 on 03/15/2010 1:42am

I,m newly a member of this website as of 10 min. ago before i subscribed i was reading all about the back pain discussions.I too was suffering from severe sciatica tha t radiated from my buttock all the way to my foot on my right side and at times my back would lock to the right where i would have to have a ambulance come pick me up off the floor and for 2 weeks i was in a wheelchair.I had a MRI and it showed i had a herniated disc L5-S1in November.I've had it for almost 2yrs.I was deadlifting more than i should have been.Anyways i just had surgery Friday the 5th.I still have the same pain and felt no relief after the surgery but i was in and out in .about 8hrs. I was suppose to be having L5-S1 (MLD ) discectomy but when the surgeon got in the he said he didn't find what he saw on the MRI so he cut around the nerve to free it up and said it will take a while for the nerve to heal cuz it has been pissed off a very long time. I was just wanting to see if any one has had this situation.I'm telling u i had the same pain not being able to sleep all that and i was put on vicodin,percoset.neurotin,dialatin,flexeril skelaxtin,robaxinand nothin helped the pain.but one day my most hospitals have thatmom brought over some excedrin extra strength gel caps they have acetaminophen250mg. aspirin250mg caffeine65mg u can get them at walgreens and even the walgreen brand works too i take2 of those and three ibuprofens 200mg a piece 7-8 hrs very little pain dont know why they work but they do for me i also take3 glucosamine chondroiton a day that works better than any narcotic prescribed to me.I also am writing this to inform those who don't have ins.I didn't either.i was referred by my dr. to the bone and spine specialist in Holland, mi DR.Adam Kremer I paid $1000.00 down and the surgery was roughly $60000.00 and i filled out a hardship form for the remainder i haven't heard whether it was accepted yet.Then for the hospital it went through there financial services for charity.Most hosp. have that that was over $16000.00.As far as the surgery i had i only have 1-2inch scar.Hopefully this has been some help i feel for all of u i'm only 37 and this is no way to liveHopefully i can get back to my life soon.DR.KREMER 616-738-4420 give the pills a try too.

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Wow Jerry, I am terribly sorry to hear what you're a going through. I have been experiencing the same since 2004. I was diagnosed in 1995 as having a herniated disk (L5-S1). For years I suffered with back pain and would have epidurals every now and then. Suddenly in 2004 I woke up one morning feeling as if I had a stroke. I couln't sit or stand for more than a minute. I felt like I was on fire down my entire right side. From my buttock, thighs, legs, and foot. After having a laminectomy in Feb. 2005, I still have back pain, gaited limp, severe nerve pain, numbness, and my foot is dead. I have taken just about every pill imaginable, seen chiropractors, physical therapist, invested monies in decompression therapy and yet am still in grave pain. I too did not have any insurance for the past few years but recenlty got some. Do have you have bladder problems as well? I have cauda equina syndrome.

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Hi to both of you, Jerry and Pam......this is no way to live . I am a 52 yr old female. I have never had back pain of any sort in my life. Out of the blue in January 2010 I turned to do some laundry and boom there it happened. I have L4 L5 herniation. I am trying to figure out what to do. I am concerned about my job, am out of sick pay, however I know that I can't function in my job with this issue. I have had 2 epidural injections and I have used motrin and of course percocet and vicodin. I cna;t use the percocet it upset my stomach too much and the vicodin I only use when I can't take anymore. I have gone for 4 sessions of water therapy and now the therapist is on vacation. I am going back to both my family doctor and my spine /pain management doc this week. I am feeling isolated and stressed because I can't work , the list goes on about why I am stressed of course in this economy. My sick pay has run out and long term disability doesn't happen until you are our for 6 months. I like you all have the buttocks/leg/foot issues. Sometimes the pain in the left side makes my leg jerk out and the left foot hurts to walk on it so I limp and then sometimes it is just numb.
What to do what to do, I feel like is this going to be my life from now on. some say this goes away on it's own, well I haven't read one positive note yet.....
Help
M

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Hi M,

I am terribly sorry to hear about what is happening to you too. For me, I can't say that it's getting any better. I know exactly what you mean about having limited time off, financial woes, and being in pain on top of all of that. I haven't tried the water. Did that help at all? I've been doing lots of research online and have even contemplated stem cell research. I feel that being alive and living are two different things.

I am happy that you joined the forum because perhaps united we can come up with a solution to our underlying problems. Not just masking the pain with meds.

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So glad to hear from you Pam.....Yes we must stop the madness with covering up the symptoms with pain meds. I mean I will use them when I must but otherwise will just do what I can to make myself feel better. I cannot sit or stand or lay down for any length of time without aggreavation. My leg and foot hurt just now as I sit here. I sit and go over things in my head about work, bills and when is this going to end or what turn it is going to take. It is very isolating. I have been reading a lot on the internet and unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any one answer for this. My friend just told me that some times we need to just be patient and let our minds and bodies heal in their time. None of us are the same and all heal differently. I am confident in my family doctor and my spine doctor. I see them both this week and until then I am going to try to rest and be grateful for what I do have. Yes by the way the water therapy is very helpful. At the end of each session I would go into the deep end of the pool and hang for 15 minutes or so. You can do this using a life vest or a pool noodle(one of the things kids play with) or you can position yourself in the corner of the pool and use both arms to support your by laying them on the side of the pool. That was the best, it was like traction but using your own weight supported by the water. The of course you have to pull yourself up the steps and out, eventhough that was tough the time hanging was worth it.
Yes lets keep in touch and hopefully we will learn something from these post.
take care and be peaceful
M

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Hi M,

I am going to have to try that pool exercise. It's been over 30 years since I've even been in a pool. I do not know how to swim. I was reading someone else's blog on here and they even referred to using a traction bed. I don't know if it will help either of us but I am thinking of investing in one and giving it a whirl.

Please keep us posted of your progression as I will do the same. Feel better.

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Pam , before you jump in the pool check with your doc. Mine set me up with a physical therapist that came to the pool. there are some PT's that do aquatic PT. Just check with your doc they will know if there is someone in your area. thankful my insurance paid for it. You do not need to know how to swimm, they do excersises with you on at the side of the pool using the wall for support. The water takes the weight and allows you to move freely. For me there is no swimming involved. Just something for you to check out before you purchase the inversion table. that to I would discuss with your doctor before you do it.
I am off to see my family md today and my spine doc tomorrow.
take care and keep me posted
M

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M,

That is great information. I never realized it but I sure hope that my doctor can pair me up with an aquatic PT. I would feel more comfortable that way. As for the inversion table, I will discuss that with him too.

I hope everything went well today at your doctor's appointment. :)

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Pam
Yes check with you doc about the aquatic pt. , once you learn the movements you can go to a neighborhood pool on your own which may be less costly. That is my next thing to try. I did go to both appt. , my family doc is going to help me with depression /anxiety issues related to this back problem. Spine doc couldn't have stressed the importance of getting the anxiety under control so that I can concentrate on getting better. He said all of this will work out, with work , my back etc. But unless I calm down I will be prolonging the problem. He also gave me a different medicine for nerve pain. I have only been using the vicodin and motrin when I can't take the pain. I forget the name of the new medicine I pick it up today and will let you know. I think it is Topamax, not supposed to cause weight gain which a lot of them do so even though it is older I opted for that to try. We will see. I also now can start land PT. I hope also to learn excersises to do at home so that I don't incurr too much expense from going to therapy twice a week at $40 a clip. I must keep expesense under control.
So that was that, I need to make appt for the PT and get started with that. Let me know if you are able to find a pool to use and how it goes. I can't say enough about how much that has helped. I can't say the epidural injections worked that well. I am not nearly in as pain as I was when this started, so it could be a combination of the injections and water therapy. My spine doc said also that you can have more then 3 injections in a year, which is what I have read here. I will do more research online about that medication. I told him I prefered to spread out the injections because if they did help I want to have more time inbetween to make it last longer. so we will see.
I am guessing this is going to be a new way of life and we will have to learn what works by trial and error and then make the most of what does work. My girlfriend yesterday was giving advise to her teenage daughter that is having growing pains ie wanting a boyfriend and not knowing how to deal with teenage boys etc....she told her to " Find the Joy in today" all the other things will fall into place. So for us we need to " Find the Joy in today" , I am going to work towards that today.
Take care and keep me posted
M

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