Back pain

  1. Good morning folks,

    I have chronic back pain. Had an L5 partial discectomy in 2002 and have been plagued with on again off again back pain since (at least no more siatica......................probably didnt spell siatica right). I have a running script for flexeril, which seems to help, but would like suggestions on "cures?". Have not tried accupressure/puncture......has anybody done that? I just dont like being so limited. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Walter the Nurse
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  3. by   Blackcat99
    It sounds like you need a good chiropractor. The reason I am not on disability today is because they cured me. I still go to the chiropractors to make sure it doesn't return. Good luck
  4. by   z's playa
    Quote from walterrn
    Good morning folks,

    I have chronic back pain. Had an L5 partial discectomy in 2002 and have been plagued with on again off again back pain since (at least no more siatica......................probably didnt spell siatica right). I have a running script for flexeril, which seems to help, but would like suggestions on "cures?". Have not tried accupressure/puncture......has anybody done that? I just dont like being so limited. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Walter the Nurse
    I took Flexeril once and it didn't really help but I'm heard that going to the chiropractor and then muscle conditioning your back will do wonders. Thats on my to do list.
  5. by   emmy
    Personally I love yoga. Pilates is also good. However check with your Doctor first before starting something new.
    I hope you find something that suits you as back pain is not funny.
  6. by   CCL"Babe"
    Flexeril won't help with nerve damage. Neurotin is wonderful for back pain due to herniated disc. Plus you can still function without being high.
  7. by   LilStudent
    I had a laminectomy and a discectomy (I think those are the correct spellings) in December, 2002. I also have occasional back pain. I don't think there is a cure. I have taken Vioxx which seems to help when the pain flares up. The only pain medication I take is Ultracet, but only when my back is hurting really bad. It seems to be the only pain medication that works for me. I wish I had an answer for you. I'm in the same boat. My doctor just recently sent me back to physical therapy. I think I'm going to stop going though because it seems to make it worse. Take care!
  8. by   nurse dolly
    Quote from walterrn
    Good morning folks,

    I have chronic back pain. Had an L5 partial discectomy in 2002 and have been plagued with on again off again back pain since (at least no more siatica......................probably didnt spell siatica right). I have a running script for flexeril, which seems to help, but would like suggestions on "cures?". Have not tried accupressure/puncture......has anybody done that? I just dont like being so limited. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Walter the Nurse
    I'm glad to finally see someone else c/o back pain here! I've been suffering with chronic back pain since 2001, when I finally had an MRI done in 2002 it showed I had 6 herniated disc's. I had already had a year of chiropractic care and muscle strengthing and had severe muscle spasms everyday (I work in dialysis), any way they took me off of work for a while and started me on neurontin 300mg tid and flexirill (which did nothing for me) I was told by a neurologist at that time that I should have no more chiropractic care and I was started on PT which helped at the time because I was not working or doing anything to aggravate my back. However plain housework killed me (folding clothes, doing dishes, bending to pick things up) normal everyday things, they didnt recommend surgery said I should try everything else first so they sent me to a pain managment Dr. who increased my neurontin to 600mg TID and robaxin 750mg q 6 hrs prn muscle spasms and took me off of lortab 7.5mg and started me on oxycontin 5mg bid, I ended up being off of work for 1 year I couldnt do much to be out of pain I took the oxycontin which zonked me out and made me drowsy all the time. I finally started getting trigger point injections and they sometimes helped and sometimes made my back worse. I am no longer taking oxy I now take Norco10mg up to 4 per day prn back pain, robaxin same and she just switched me off of neurontin and on to keppra 500mg tid due to a 30lb weight gain ( I've since lost 20lbs) and I also take bextra 20mg i per day and amitriptyline 25 mg at night for the burning in my thorasic. I went back into dialysis in April of this year after being out of work for 1 year and my back is again killing me I'm now having numbness and pain in my feet and legs and tingling on my lips and face and pain in my hands again. the thorasic area is where I hurt the most I'm sick of living like this I do nothing except go to work take pills to get through the day and come home and lean on my heating pad and cry I am also using my NT 2000 at work every day practically all day. I dont know what to do I need a referral to a back specialist or surgeon I dont know which but this is getting rediculus I was exercising at curves for women but had to stop this also due to muscle spasms I missing days from work because I just cant hardly get out of bed. If it werent for my husband doing all the meals and housework I dont know how my 12 yr old and 4 yr old would make it. If anyone knows of a good back specialist in the Houston TX area or have any ideas about what I can do or take or who I can see for this please HELP!!!!!!
  9. by   LilStudent
    I wish I could help Nurse Dolly. My surgeon is in Tampa. He's an excellent surgeon. It seems like you need to look into having surgery. It only took 3 months of total disability for my surgeon and I to decide that surgery was right for me. My back pain was so bad I couldn't function. I was off work on disability and basically bed ridden the whole time. We tried therapy prior to surgery and that didn't work. The surgery gave me my life back. I was afraid due to the fact that the surgery can have complications and sometimes it doesn't work out well for certain people, but I have absolutely no regrets. I'm not trying to push surgery on you though. It's a very personal decision. I know an older woman that had back surgery twice and she is still in very bad condition. She is still on pain meds almost daily. A third surgery probably wouldn't help. My doctor told me that with each surgery the chances of a full recovery get smaller and smaller.

    Like I said in my prior post I still have back pain on occasion, but it is nothing like it was before. I am just thankful that the surgery is so much more simple now than it used to be. I don't have a large scar and I healed quickly. If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely have the surgery.

    I know Ultracet is not the strongest pain medication, but it is the only one that helped me when I was in severe pain. Perhaps that might help. Please find a good Orthopaedic Surgeon in your area and have a consultation. It can't hurt. You shouldn't have to be in pain for so long. I can only imagine what kind of pain you are in! I only had two ruptured discs. It is the worst pain I have ever felt.

    Take care. I wish you well!
    Last edit by LilStudent on Apr 26, '04
  10. by   walterrn
    Good morning folks,

    Thank you for all the insight. Reading these posts makes me think that my back is not all that bad..........yet, I find myself sitting at the puter, thinking I'd better go back to my PCP and look for some means of pain control. My PCP seems to think its muscle related, even though I've had a discectomy and been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. I may need a second oppinion.

    Being a recovering addict/etohic, I shy away from "controlled meds", even though its been 17+ yrs of recovery and the chances of me relapsing a very slim, why tempt the fates.

    Thanks again.

    Walter the Nurse
  11. by   suzanne4
    Walter,
    If you had only a partial, then perhaps the other side is bothering you now. Have you had any recent scans done?
  12. by   RNKPCE
    Hi,

    about 7 years ago right on my birthday I started with sciatica related to a herniated disc either L3-L4, or L4-L5. Regular nsaids didn't work, nor did a course of oral prednisone. I went to a physiatrist( pronounced fizz-eye-a trist) who is well known in the area. A physiatrist is an MD that specializes in rehab medicine. He treats people with musculoskeletal problems with different modalities. After switching to another nsaid and physical therapy, and also one epidural injection with only relief for 2 days, he started accupuncture. The first 3-4 treatments was just the needles the last 4 were with electrical stimulation on the end of the needles. He did the accupuncture himself.

    Coming from western medicine I wasn't that optomistic that it would work. But by the 8th treatment the sciatica was gone. Around this same time I also got a van, I think the position of the seat in the van was better for my back too.

    This isn't to say that I don't have occasional flare-ups. I do maybe once or twice a year, but it only lasts a few days not like the 6 mos of discomfort I had 7 years ago.
  13. by   nurse dolly
    LilStudent, just wanted to let you know I made some major desicions last night. Today I went to the Dr. (my own personal Dr.) and talked to him about my back and he said that he would take my case so we did the paper work to change workers comp Drs. and when I get the approval he's scheduling me for another MRI he gave me a shot for pain and a differrent muscle relaxer called Soma and at least my spasms have stopped for the day I also took off today and rested of I'll be back at work tommorrow and I know it will bother me again but I feel better because this Dr. actually listened to me and after the MRI he's going to refer me to an orthopedic surgeon in the Houston area to see if something can be done, I think its time to at least find out what is available for me as far as surgery goes!!!
    I was glad to hear from some people who actually had good results from surgery you always hear about alot of people who have things done and end up worse I guess its like anything else you can only handle so much and then its time to try something else.
    I'll let you know what happens!!!
  14. by   Dr. Gonzo
    Whats some good medicine for back pain my dad fell and he hurt his back pretty bad and he cant work now.

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