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Severe Pain

Started by jentay on 03/22/2010 6:11pm

Hello everyone,
I have never had any problems with my back until several weeks ago. I was just trying to get out of bed and the pain in my lower back was so bad I couldn't move. I tried taking Advil and resting on an ice pack but nothing worked. This went on for days and the pain was so severe, it brought me to tears. The doctor prescribed Lortab and an anti-inflammatory med. When this didn't help, he prescribed Percocet. Nothing has relieved the pain. I'm experiencing sharp consistent pain in my buttocks down the back of my thighs to my knees and my left foot is numb. The pain seems to be more on the left side. I am now taking Mobix. I can at least walk now but the pain is constant. I am 50 years old and about 30 lbs. overweight. I don't know if my weight could be causing this but it is almost unbearable. I found this website and thought I would see if anyone else has or is experiencing the same thing? I would greatly appreciate any suggestions on what I can do to get some relief.

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Hello Jentay
Sorry to hear that you are in pain. Unfortunatly the back is sensative thing and all it takes is a small wrong movement to make you know you've done something wrong.
With the pain running down your leg it sounds to me like a mild impingment of the sciatic nerve. I'm no doctor but I have been there many times.
The best advice i can give you right now is take it easy. the Mobic is a good NSAID but they tear my gut up. Hopefully in time the nerve return to its normal "resting" position.
Just take things light, and dont be scared to talk to your Dr if things seem to get worse.
Hope you get better soon

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Hi Jentay,
I read your post yesterday and feel compelled to reply. I have / have had the same symptoms that you've been experiencing although mine just came on and got more painful over time.... and it didn't start with back pain like you experienced.
I went through the process of taking NSAIDS and was prescribed a variety of pain killers progressively.... nothing worked. I was referred to a Neurologist and they put me through various scans and physical therapy, which caused more pain.
I'm not going to bore you with what is wrong with me because you need to be individually diagnosed and treated.... there are multiple conditions that can cause your symptoms. My advise is to consult a Neurologist should your condition continue.
My current treatment has been to use the Fentanyl trans-dermal patch. In my case, it's the only thing that provides pain relief.

I'm hoping that you have a short term situation and that this post is helpful. This does sound like sciatica as the first response indicated.

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Dear Jentay
Hope your pain has decreased instead of you being able to tolerate more pain. I too have had much and various pains. Treatments have helped but seem to now be reversing. Pain and spasm meds worked but not completely. I continued to have severe pain which I asked my Dr. about.
He explained that the pain was a nerve issue. I asked him if there was something he could give me to stop the pain. He told me there are meds to reduce (not yet stop). I started with Gabapentin
(available in generic). This took some 9 days to reach max dosage he told me to try. It seemed to really help, but the side effects caused me some problems. I am now on Lyrica and it seems to help almost as good. It has its quirky side effects.
This may not be an answer for you, but I hope it may help.

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It can take up to 3 months to heal acute flare ups of this and that...keep doing what ur doing and visit a dr and get physical therapy started if the pain doesn't subside. I hope it all works out in your favor!!

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Jentay,
I sure hope you get to feeling better. I was in your shoes mid Jan and know the feeling. My pain is less and I quit taking the Loritab ( I seen dragons and demons on that stuff) :)
As Squirt mentioned in another post, try some disc decompression at PT or purchase one of those inversion tables. I have one and it's worked wonders. Take good care and hope you heal soon.
Please feel free to drop me an e-mail for more talk about this. It's good to have someone to talk to during these times. elecwhit@aol.com

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Hello YesitHurts,

That loritab helps, but it does come with some side effects. Made me have some pretty bad nightmares.

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If you are still having pain I would suggest seeing and ortho doctor. You may have other underlying issues that are causing irritation of the nerve. I waited 18 months and am now in severe pain 24-7. Your dr. will likely order x-rays, MRI (possibly with lumbar compression) and possibly a CT scan. This way you can find the root of your pain and treat the cause not just the symptoms.

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If you are still having pain I would suggest seeing and ortho doctor. You may have other underlying issues that are causing irritation of the nerve. I waited 18 months and am now in severe pain 24-7. Your dr. will likely order x-rays, MRI (possibly with lumbar compression) and possibly a CT scan. This way you can find the root of your pain and treat the cause not just the symptoms.

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Hi jentay
Sciatica can be caused by one of at least four causes, 1) piriformis syndrome resulting from bone/muscle misalignment in the hip/pelvis which cause muscle to aply pressure to the sciatica nerve, 2) herniated disc which impinges on the sciatica, 3) isthmic spondylolisthesis which is again a bone/muscle misalignment, only this involves a vertebrae that impinges the sciatica and 4) spinal stenosis which is the decreasing of space between the vertabrae and again, impinging the sciatica. This may or may not be determined diagnostically so if you haven't had an MRI etc it would probably be a good thing to do. That said, if you get relief when laying down with your knees up or your legs up on a chair or sofa it is a strong indication that "loading" of your lumbar is the cause, no matter the actual decease and that providing yourself with "spinal unloading" is at the very least a good "stop gap". There are many ways to unload your spine, inversion and traction tables, aqua therapy etc, etc, but there is only one that provides spinal unloading coupled with mobility, flexibility, comfort and the ability to get back to a normal daily routine, the Trekke Lumbar Lift.

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Dear jentay,
You really need some testing done with a referral to a neurosurgeon. Sounds so much
like sciatica which I and many others have experienced. Don,t keep hurting and not finding out an
exact diagnosis. Only then will you be able to make an informed decision. Back surgery should
only be a last resort if it is offered as a possible treatment.

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You have my complete sympathy. I just went though about four months of sciatic pain. My general practice doc prescribed tylenol 3 with codine which i needed badly to try to get any sleep at all - but the side affects were nasty. It took 3 weeks to get in to see an orthopedic doc who three weeks later injected cortisone into my spine. Prior to doing this, I had to get an MRI which showed disk protrusion in the L5/S1 area. The cortisone gave me immediate relief (the paid went away while I was lying on the table getting the injection). The paid subsided for about month and then came back again so I had a second injection. After about 3 weeks, the pain was back again. I am taking 600 mg of Gabapentin a day that is supposed to relax and shrink the sciatic nerve. It makes be feel sleepy but I take it at night. After 5 months, I am anxious to get off of that. So, I started deep tissue massage with trigger point therapy to relieve the knots in my muscles in my buttocks, thigh and calf. This was really painful at first but after weekly treatments (for about 7 weeks), I am sciatic free. I also bought a little air filled disk to sit on (see http://www.thegypsyquilter.com/thegypsyquilter.htm) for about $30 because I sit several hours a day at work. I swear by this. It makes you sit up straight and keeps your back moving all day as you sit. I also do floor exercises and try to walk several miles a week. So, all of this worked for me and I hope anyone reading this can find relief. This sciatica was the very worst thing I have ever experienced. Good luck!!!

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