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L5-S1 Nerve "Irritation"-Now what?

From: lisap7 - on 02/27/2010 11:14am

My EMG has shown 'irritation' at L5-S1, that is 'old'-according to my surgeon this irritation goes back to BEFORE my surgery! He wants to try steroid injections-tried them with ZERO success. If the current med regime doesn't help within the next couple of weeks, he wants to start me on Lyrica. Has anyone taken Lyrica before and if so was it helpful?

I feel SO mad!! I went thru a L2-S1 spinal fusion-with ALL the recovery crap that goes with it, only to be BACK in the same painful place I was before!! GRRRRRRR :-((((

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on 02/27/2010 11:11pm

My husband had a heranted disc in the L5-S1 and he is going to get the disc replacement surgery. While he has been trying to do different treatments to avoid surgery one thing his doctor did was put him on Lyrica. Which had been very bad for him. It made him depressed, he got headaches, started seeing little things that werent really there. Idont no thismay not happen to everyone but he really didnt like it. He quit taking it, but when he was taking it his nerve pain in his legs was not bad at all.

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on 03/03/2010 3:03pm

I am currently on 150 MG of Lyrica daily. I was taking 225 MG previously but I was so sleepy I couldn't get up at a decent time. Not to mention I was falling asleep during the day. I talked to my neurologist and he suggested I drop the dosage down and take them at night. Lyrica makes me feel a little stoned at times and I don't risk driving until I am sure I am more alert. I have stumbled backwards a little bit and my husband has had to catch me. I am not sure how well this works for me yet, and I don't know if the small benefits outweigh the side effects for me. I am going to give this a go for a month, and see what happens. But I definitely will be paying close attention to what it does to me and if the side effects go away. I will keep you posted. If this doesn't work, I think the next thing is localized Botox injections and after that comes the cortisone injections...ughh. I think there are only a couple other medications that are prescribed for nerve pain, Neurotonin and Cymbalta are ones that come to mind. I don't want to take any opiates for this, because those are a lot worse in my book.

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on 03/04/2010 4:01pm

My Doctor wrote me a prescription for Lyrica. The first dose was 50mg for 5 days which was OK, but didn't help my lower back pain what soever. After the 5 th Day I moved up the 300mg. This Lyrica gave me severe chest pain,and nausea ,plus didn't help my pain. I quit taking it, thought that I was having a Heart Attack .
Good Luck

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on 03/05/2010 9:52pm

I had a L5-S1 disc replacement 12 months after a fall, its now 12 months on from surgery and I have just had a further operation to remove scar tissue from the nerve root as a result of the operation.
I tried Lyrica and it reduced the pain by 75% however it messed with my pre-existing depression meds and I had a depressive event quite severe. I would love to have stayed on it because of the relief of back pain. It is worth giving a go for sure but have your mental health monitored really closely
I have met people who have got through the initial effects and are doing wonderfully on it. Good luck

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on 03/06/2010 12:15pm

I was told that I had a damaged nerve after two L5-S1 surgeries that were four years apart. It was from the scar tissue that built up after the combined surgeries. I went back to my doctor that did both surgeries and was recommended to a Pain Management Center. I was given an intake interview on what was going on (pain down my whole leg from the nerve, etc) I did not want to workout as it made it worse, well, actually everything seemed to irritate the nerve. Yesterday I had the steriod injection at L5-S1 and S1 around the nerve root. I do not have the radiating pain like before and this is day 2 after injection(5 days for full effect) I was told this may take several injections to fully work. I know the procedure is not the funnest thing to go through, but so far so good. I was told the next step would be the implant spinal stimulator( like a TENS unit) under the skin. I was also put on Lyrica 50 mg once a day at bedtime. I say give the medicine a try and see how you like or dislike it. Everyone is different and it has to be helpful to you. Good luck and hope you get some relief soon.

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on 03/12/2010 2:28am

i have a tear in my L4/L5, and a bugled and compressted nerves on my L5/S1. also, spinal fuild leaking. Pain and nerve pain that runs my spine, buttducks, down my legs to my feet. my dr started me on lyria and worked me up on my doses through about a week up to 150mg in am and 150 mg in pm. it was the best thing for me. it work so much i was able to work and also sleep good. you just cant stop the lyrica all at once your body goes through a withdraw feeling. it has been the only med that has worked.

The only thing the insurance copy requires a PA and sometimes dont cover so be carfeful.

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on 03/17/2010 4:55pm

Have you tried traction? I had an L4/L5 Discectomy in 1990 and currently have a L5/S1 disc herniation which left me with drop foot where I don't have the use of my 4th and 5th toe on my left foot which is totally numb and makes me limp when I walk.

I bought an Inverted Traction bed and within a month I was about 85%, wiggling my toes and walking without a limp. Unfortunately the outside of my foot is still numb and my doc says that could take 6 to 9 months to clear up. I am still using my inverted traction bed today.

If I would have known about the traction table in 1990, I wouldn't of had surgery.

As for the drugs, I was given Gabapentin 300mg. Personally I didn't like the effects of it, but a lot of people take it for nerve irritation. I currently use T3's to kill pain and Naproxen to relax muscles only when I can't walk otherwise all I use is the traction table and heat - no drugs.

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on 03/22/2010 12:45am

I have an L5-S1 disc problem. I am researching the laser spine procedures for this. Any one know of doctors in Texas that are doing these procedures?

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