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Started by pollux troy on 08/04/2011 9:44pm

Well got my MRI on My Lower Back, I went for MRI because Sciatica pain shooting down both legs, and I had enough, I still suffer from a car accident that Broke my neck C4,C5,C6 are fused together, and now this...

Broad-based medium sized left- sided disc herniation at L4-5 with moderate left neural foraminal narrowing and left anterior lateral recess narrowing. Focal protrusion at L3-4 with mild canal narrowing. Minimal bilateral neural foraminal narrowing. Minimal disc bulging at L2-3 and L5-S1. Straightening of the normal lumbar lordosis. Degenerative disc disease, greatest at L2-3.........Started Pain Management, The Doctor Put me on Lyrica, it gives me Headaches, Dry Mouth, Dizziness, Upset Stomach....They want to Start Shots on Tuesday....What to do....

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I would recommend you to see a neurosurgeon. I changed from an orthopedic dr. who gave me an appointment for the epidural injections but before that I went to a neurosurgeon. I did not have the EI and I am a lot better with the treatment he gave me, of course everyone is different, but you never know... Best wishes for you to feel better... I know what it is...

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Hi Michael
One reason I understand for injections is to clearly identify where the pain is originating from, as you mention you have a number of issues associated with your spine. From a surgical stand point you wouldn't want to have surgery only to find that wasn't where the pain was coming from. I personally would find out what the orthopod is thinking then consult a nuero guy for a second opinion, and make sure they both practice at least 50% of the time on spines.

Good luck,
Fellow sufferer.

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Hi Michael
One reason I understand for injections is to clearly identify where the pain is originating from, as you mention you have a number of issues associated with your spine. From a surgical stand point you wouldn't want to have surgery only to find that wasn't where the pain was coming from. I personally would find out what the orthopod is thinking then consult a nuero guy for a second opinion, and make sure they both practice at least 50% of the time on spines.

Good luck,
Fellow sufferer.

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Hi Michael
One reason I understand for injections is to clearly identify where the pain is originating from, as you mention you have a number of issues associated with your spine. From a surgical stand point you wouldn't want to have surgery only to find that wasn't where the pain was coming from. I personally would find out what the orthopod is thinking then consult a nuero guy for a second opinion, and make sure they both practice at least 50% of the time on spines.

Good luck,
Fellow sufferer.

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wow, lots of problems, so sorry! I had a fusion a l5-s1 in March of this year. I also have a bulging disc at c4-c5 and a tear at l4-l5. I also have degenerative disc disease as well. I am on lyrica but not having that bad of side affects. I'm only taking 75mg 2x a day. Maybe your on too high of a dose. Good luck to you, do try the shots they helped me for a bit, but I continued to work during all the shots and I think that did me in.

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Well i got 4 shots 2 on each side, my thighs felt weak afterwards, Pain subsided but feel tightness. They are giving me Cymbalta, I'm already taking Lexapro, I dont want this stuff, TO MANY SIDE AFFECTS...So going to start therapy on Monday, Then more shots then if that doesn't help I have to see A Neurosurgeon, Very soon.I now am getting a burning like a hot iron rod is stabbing me in my back right shoulder everyday, he said maybe cracked rib or pulled muscle, the Doctor said he doesn't want to say the C Word because to young, but he seen cloudiness in x-ray so might need a CT Scan...I will keep everyone posted...

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Are you seeing a pain management specialist? Try botox injections for muscle spasms in neck, and trigger point injections between the botox ... Have an x-ray (including a view of your back as you bend at the waist), which will give a different view from the MRI and will show what can be done to help your back pain; it will DEFINITELY better visualize what is going on at the "minimal disk bulging" at L2-3 and L5-S1.

Seeing a pain management specialist is probably the most important thing to do, and get an opinion re: surgery from a neurosurgeon, not an orthopod ... ask for different pain medication than the lyrica (I found it didn't help at all, besides making me gain a tremendous amount of weight). I take suboxone, a film with a narcotic pain med that dissolves under the tongue. In the past, I've been prescribed oxycontin, fentanyl, and vicodin for pain, and valium, zanaflx, robaxen, and dantrium for muscle spasm.

Good luck and let us know how you're doing.

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Oh I agree with everybody, see a neurologist asap!
wish you the best

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I very much recommend that you find yourself a spine specialist in your area who is connected to both a teaching hospital AND also a good pain management doctor. Rather than a neurologist or an orthopedic surgeon, a spine specialist has both education and training in BOTH disciplines and ONLY deals with spinal issues.

I've had three lower back surgeries since 2004 for some of the things you're experiencing now and I've done a lot of research about the topic of bad backs. I also have (along with everything else wrong with my lower back) spondylolysthesis, which is a slipping of the vertebrae. If you'd like further information from folks who have gone through the same things you're going through now with your back, please feel free to join us at:http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/LooseScrews2/ Just the archival posts are enough to give you a lot of good background information about bad backs.

Good luck :-)

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Totaly agree with CupCaked. I had my surgery done by a Spine Surgeon who only deals with the low back, ONLY. He also works closely with a Pain Management team in the same hospital. Its good to have 2 specialist who work together and are on the same page with your problems. Good Luck to you, there is help out there!

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