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Buldging disc

Started by Kevinl on 09/28/2011 4:06pm

I am new to spine universe. I have what they say is a buldging disc. I am currently on nurontin 300 mg 3 times daily, hydrocodone niether of which is having any effect. I have had two cortisol injections, no help. Now they are sending me to the Dr. who did my injections to see if I am a cantidate for other injections. What could those injections be? This has been going on since june 7 When or where will this end?

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They will all be around where your pain is I don't know where your other shoths were given, but there is the epidural which lasted a week. Then there is burning the nerves on both sides of your pain. That lasted a week also even tho it was supposed to last 12-18 months. One last word,DON'T let them do surgery as only 5% of people get rid of their pain. The rest is thesam or worse pain!! I won't have surgery evevtho I have a bulging disk and a misaligned vertabrae.

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Hi Kevin,

You mentioned that you have a bulged disc, have you had any scans performed (i.e. MRI or CT with IV contrast) to determine your actual condition?

I note that you are currently taking Neurontin, thus, I assume you have an impinged foramen nerve or otherwise your bulge is impinging your spinal cord?

Aside from cortisone being used in injections, prednisone is also another strong anti inflammatory drug which is utilised in spinal injections.

May I point out that, and given the time involved with your stated symptoms, you may be best considering microsurgery to directly repair the disc bulge? If nerve issues are involved, then, I suggest that you seek professional advice from a neurosurgeon who has credible experience with spinal issues.

As for treatment of neuropathic pain, it is really just a case of trying different medications (Lyrica; Amitriptyline; or Venlafaxine, etc) or spinal injections to see if they work for you?

I have neuroforaminal stenosis at C3/4 & C6/7 level's of my spine which results in intense burning pain down both of my arms. Rather than continuously taking drugs to mask the pain, I will be having a foraminotomy to treat the root cause of the problem).

Good luck.

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Update on my buldging disc.They are not going to do anymore injections, or surgery. I have been taken off the hydrocodone, and the nurontin. I believe its all about pain mgmt. I've been put on Lyrica and Nucynta which has only been out for 2 years, it is the only thing so far that has come close to working. I would recomend Nucynta highly if nothing is working for you. Let the self healing begin!!

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Hi Kevin,

It's good to hear that you can pursue conservative treatments, most disc bulges generally self repair anyway.

Unfortunately, with my case, C6/C7 cervical neuroforaminal stenosis is a degenerative condition where the bony vertebral canal narrows and places pressure on the exiting nerve which results in intense neuropathic pain down both of my arms extending to middle fingers.

My upcoming foraminotomy surgery will treat the root cause by removing a section of bone on the vertebral body to allow for increased foramen clearance, hence, it will instantly relief pressure on the impinged nerve.

I wish you all the best with your treatment and recovery.

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Hi Kevin, Welcome to the group.as far as ur concers
1 Need MRI if u already havnt. had one.
2. ur going to meet w a pain specialist about shots, which r done in a course of 3 over a period of time, since u already had cortisone,they usually switch to steroid,
3. u have to meet w a neuro surgeon, so pic one wisely and always get 2 opinions. Either go by word of mouth and recomenation, or choose ur best surrounding hospitals and find who head neuro-surgeon is n have consult starting ,there,
4,Let pain manamgement or neuro know that pain meds rnt working for u , there are many out there,and dont b a bit surprised if u go through a few different kinds b4 they find the right combo of meds that will help u,agins thats normal.ask for an anti-inflammatory thats whats causing pain, so u need that, Im not a doctor but only my suggestions..Good luck , feel better, RENE

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Update. they aren't going to do any more injections. They have put my on a new pain med called nucynta, and also lyrica. This is the best combo so far. He is recomending a consult with a surgeon to see if he can help. still have nerve pain in both hips and right leg. but is much less with the meds. This buldging disc is in the same area I had surgery on when I was 15 for a ruptured disc. Any ideas what type of surgery they might consider?

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Denied by work comp after a year of jumping through their hoops. We finally found a combo of meds thats work, but since my denial I cant afford them. they were lyrica and nucynta. I am going to get a lawyer, but as for now if I cant find some less expensive meds I'll have to stop working because I cant work with the nerve pain down my leg. I really must agree with what I have read on spine universe " workmans comp is one of the most corrupt systems in the country"

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Am now sueing workmans comp, I have a very aggressive lawyer. I guess the first step is mediation, next work comp court, then the supreme court. work comp broke 2 laws and one Montana statute. I am just wondering how much longer could this take. 16 months and I am over this. One good thing is that my lawyer is willing to go to the supreme court if need be.

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Well tomorrow is the work comp mediation.its been 17 months since my injury,hope they settle out of court so I can get this thing fixed. But I am kind of nervous, dont know what to expect!! The money is a bonus. But I just want it fixed

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Best of luck. I know the w/c system and feel the same way as you do about it. Took me 1 1/2 yrs with both injuries to get the treatment I really needed.
Again, best of luck,
Janet. :)

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Mediation failed, they offerd 4500.00 dollars, what a joke w/c is

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Kevenl,
Sorry to hear that. What's your next move?
Janet. :)

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Kevin: What is Nucynta? Why did your dr switch from hydrocodone to nucynta?

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