Has anyone tried epidural shots? your take on them? I need help with pain
First of all, I am a 59 yo nonsmoking female, been suffering with back pain for about 10 years. First my L3-4 got herniated. I tried chiropractors, PT, pain meds but my rheumatologist won't give me anything stronger than gabapentin, celebrex and Ultracet. I'm currently on all 3. (I also have fibromyalgia) Last yr my L2-3 disc ruptured and I also have a bulging disc at L5-S1 from what I remember the MRI says. I've had 2 rounds of Epidural shots. The pain relief only lasts approx 2 months. I am now in a lot of pain - hips, legs, low back, burning sensations in my rt leg, etc. I like the epidural shots except they raise my blood sugar for 2 weeks to really scary levels (I am a diabetic also). I've tried PT but can't continue as I can't afford the co-pays. I'm doing excercises at home and aqua class every week. I'm afraid of surgery - It would involve a fusion and replacing a disc with an artificial one. The neurosurgeon said I wouldn't be able to bend down for 6 mo's because I'd have on a hard brace! I have pets at home to feed and housework that has to be done -how can I not bend down! Then, I'm afraid of the scar tissue after surgery causing even more pain. Anyway, are there other people in my shoes and what are you doing about your back pain? Oh, by the way, there is some spinal stenosis in the lumbar spine and I also have severe DDD in my cervical spine.