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    I have a bulging disc and sciatica. The pain I am in is unbearable. I have tingling, numbness and pain in my right leg. I am going for a nerve root block tommorrow. I have already had cortizone shots and they have not worked. My dr does not believe in pain meds so i am not on anything for the pain. I can not even function due to the amount of pain I am in. The pain is so bad that i feel like my head is foggy all the time and i have to fight to get through it. Do these nerve root injections really work or is it just another way to prolong my pain? I can not take the pain anymore! It has affected every area of my life. Does anyone have any advice? I would appreciate anything that you have. I can not live like this!

    #2
    Have you checked into spinal decompression? That may help and is non surgical.

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      #3
      I have not heard of that before. All I know is i feel like a big experimental project for my drs. I am willing to try anything that might work. If you could leave me a little imformation on it i will check it out. Thank you very much!

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        #4
        more about this please.

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          #5
          Have you seen a pain specialist?

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            #6
            Non-surgical spinal decompression is a type of mechanical traction. Chiropractors may have these machines in their clinic.

            Your doctor does not believe in pain meds but is either sending you for or doing himself an interventional procedure?

            You seem uncomfortable with your doctor's management. Is he/she a pain management doctor? If the injection doesn't help, maybe get another opinion.

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              #7
              Have you tried physical therapy, chiropractic care, ultrasound, a tens unit, traction, heat/cold treatments, electrical stimulation or IFC (interferential current), stretching, McKensie type exercises (PT will gives those to you). A bulging disc can be painful but it depends on the stage of the bulge. If it's in the beginning stages they won't do surgery. A nerve block can last anywhere from 2 wks to 6-12 months. This will give you time to do therapy. Therapy and chiropractic care really does work. Good luck!
              Brian


              "God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, The courage to change the things we can, And the wisdom to know the difference."

              Serenity Prayer

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                #8
                Also, check into a TENS unit. It helps some folks.

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                  #9
                  I have been in therapy for about three months but so far it has not helped. I have a tens unit that I am using all the time. I am hoping and praying that this next injection works. I feel like people think all this pain is in my head. I keep trying to find a way to describe the pain but the dr looks at me like i am crazy. Is it just me or do some drs just not believe you? I have been told that I have a high pain tolerance. Heck I had 4 babies with no pain meds and all natural births! I know i will never be pain free but just to be able to function again would be the best Christmas present ever! Thanks for all the advice. Please keep it coming!

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by gabby70 View Post
                    I have been in therapy for about three months but so far it has not helped. I have a tens unit that I am using all the time. I am hoping and praying that this next injection works. I feel like people think all this pain is in my head. I keep trying to find a way to describe the pain but the dr looks at me like i am crazy. Is it just me or do some drs just not believe you? I have been told that I have a high pain tolerance. Heck I had 4 babies with no pain meds and all natural births! I know i will never be pain free but just to be able to function again would be the best Christmas present ever! Thanks for all the advice. Please keep it coming!
                    It's not all in your head! Don't think that for a minute. Pain is all relative. Some people stub their toe and say they are in 8/10 pain and some people with sci's say there in 6/10. It's all subjective. I've had doctors tell me the same thing. Well, we put an internal baclofin pump in you now for 5 months and you should'nt be having any pain. Hello, I am you stupid ass! Sometimes when they have done all they can in their minds and you're not getting better, they tend to believe you are making it up. If I was a doctor I would treat my patients like I would treat my own brother. If he says he's in pain, he's in pain. Lets find out why and treat it. Don't think it's in your head gabby!
                    Brian


                    "God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, The courage to change the things we can, And the wisdom to know the difference."

                    Serenity Prayer

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                      #11
                      Ditto to what Brian said! Despite what anyone else thinks, your family, doctors, whoever, this is NOT all just in your head. This is real pain that needs attention and whatever your doctor can do to help alleviate it. Many, many people go through this sort of thing, where no one around them understands what they're going through. If that happens and you need to feel "grounded" again, just come here. The folks here all have an idea what you're going through and will help you validate what you're up against.

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                        #12
                        gabby,I had your same problems before my cervical injury .I suffered many,many years before my pain dr. finally suggested the nerve block. The injections helped dramatically for me. I still suffered back pain, but the sciatica disappeared until I needed another one.

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                          #13
                          Thanks everyone for not thinking that I am crazy. I had the nerve root injection today and it took the edge off the leg pain but my leg is spasming more and very tingly the injection dr said that would be normal for a few days. He also said that he does not understand why they have not done surgery. He was telling me that the disc is putting drastic pressure on my sciatic nerve and that he would not recommend another injection for me. He stated that he was putting that in the report to my dr. I dont know if he will listen to him but we will see. They would not let me leave right away. The nurse said it was due to the weakness in my leg and foot. Between yall and them I do feel a little better emotionally. At least I know I am not crazy. Workers comp is sending me to another dr next week. I guess they want a fourth opinion. They are not helping matters any! They act like I am crazy too! I guess you can not believe the pain unless you go through it. My only choice is to keep dealing with them and the pain and hoping for a light at the end of the tunnel. Thank You too every one for the support. I am so glad that I found this site!

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                            #14
                            So do you have a neurosurgeon/spine surgeon with a plan of attack? And what is it? How do you feel about having major spine surgery?
                            Jon

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                              #15
                              I am not sure how I feel. It is kind of confusing. I dont like the idea of going under the knife but I dont want to feel the way that I am feeling forever either. I do have a spine surgeon. He is the one that has been sending me through all these injections. I had high hopes for the cortizone shots too work so when they did not it was a big frustrating let down. I guess having surgery on my spine is what scares me the most. All surgeons can make a mistake no matter what experience they have and I would have to be the person to live with that mistake! I am still hoping that it is not coming to that! I am still trying to keep my life as normal as possible for my family. I know going through surgery will be just as hard on them especially with everything that I do. My grandmother lives with us and I take care of her.She has alzheimers, congestive heart failure and her kidneys are failing. Just this week I finally hired a cna to come in and help her with her showers because I just can not get her in and out of the shower right now but I still take care of everything else. These things are a big concern with me because she does not understand what is going on with me. I know I have to take care of me too but with 4 kids a husband and my grandmother I know how hard it will be on my husband and the kids. My husband says my biggest problem is doing for everyone else. He says I need too slow down some and do whats best for me. The problem with that is he just does not realize what would happen if i did that! i guess I will find out all my options when I go back too see him. I just know the pain that I am going through every day is just way too much for me too handle.

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