darn it, my back hurts again

poet_kelly
on 11/21/11 9:50 pm - OH
I had epidural steroid injections just over a month ago and within two days, my back didn't hurt at all.  It was such a huge improvement.  Those injections are supposed to provide relief for quite a while, I think.  Several months.

My relief lasted about one month.  For the last few days, it hurts.  Not as bad as before the injections, at least not yet.  Back then, the pain was waking me several times a night.  It's not that bad now but it hurts.  I'm so unhappy about that.

I'm not sure how often they will even do the injections.  When I used to get them in my  knees, they would only do it once every three months.  But getting them done often is not feasible for me anyway.  I have to have someone take me to get them because I can't drive myself home, and even though my insurance covers them I have a kinda big copay for that.  So doing them once a month or something like that just would not be possible even if I wanted to and the doc would do them that often.

I'm so disappointed the pain is returning so soon.

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SweetGirl11
on 11/22/11 12:39 am
RNY on 06/08/09 with
Kelly, I'm SO sorry you're in pain again!  Back pain is horrible.  My hubby has chronic back pain that radiates down his legs.  He tried an epidural steroid injection, but it didn't provide much relief.  I'm supposed to get them in my neck because I have herniated discs.  I said NOOOOOOO.

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poet_kelly
on 11/22/11 2:47 am - OH
They sound really scary, at least they did to me, but really were no big deal.  They sedated me for the procedure and I was not asleep but I was very drowsy and very relaxed.  It really did not hurt.  I felt a little pressure and that was it.

The pain is not too bad right now but I am assuming it will get worse.  In the past, it has at times been so bad I could not stand up or walk or even move, really.  Once I was out somewhere and managed to drive home but then could not get out of the car.  Every time I tried to move the littlest bit the pain was excruciating.  I ended up having to call my partner at work and he had to come home, go into the house and get me some vicodin, then I had to sit in the car until that kicked in and I could move again.

Has anything helped your husband?  Has he tried acupuncture or anything like that?

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(deactivated member)
on 11/22/11 7:17 am
You were so lucky!  I can't believe that you were sedated for the procedure... I'm so envious.  I had injections in my back twice... first we tried injections in the facet joints, and secondly we did the epidural when the first ones didn't work.  BOTH TIMES I was wide awake despite being terrified and totally stressed about it... they did not even give me any sort of relaxer.  Literally, they had me come in, lie down on a table on my tummy, then told to stay still while they did the injections using x-ray for guide.  

They hurt INCREDIBLY and it was severely traumatizing... and even worse than that, neither set of injections did a think to alleviate my pain.  I am glad you got some relief from them, though... I know that for some people they are a godsend, it just didn't turn out that way for me.

I am not sure what I would have done if they HAD worked... not sure the trauma of the procedure would have been worth doing it again even with significant relief.  I'd have had to find a new pain management guy because there was NO WAY I was doing that fully awake again, nuh uh...


tori
poet_kelly
on 11/22/11 7:23 am - OH
I'm so sorry you had such a bad experience.  I think health care providers don't always realize how traumatic medical procedures can be.  They asked me if I wanted sedation and I said oh yes please!   I was really scared and stressed about it too, and I wanted sedation so it wouldn't be traumatic for me.

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SweetGirl11
on 11/24/11 3:36 am
RNY on 06/08/09 with

The shots didn't really help.  The most help he had was from a combination chiropractor / physical therapist.  Unfortunately, Workers Comp decided they didn't want to pay for the treatments anymore.   :(    And the stupid thing is, he can't use our regular insurance to pay for these treatments because it could jeopardize his case (he is waiting for a settlement).  So he is in pain almost all of the time.  Pain meds only provide very temporary relief.

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poet_kelly
on 11/24/11 7:22 am - OH
I went to a chiropractor when I first started having back problems.  I had seen a chiropractor in the past when I had a very stiff/sore neck and it helped immensely.  Well, when I went for my back, after the first adjustment it did feel better.  Not all the way better, but some better.  Unfortunately, the second adjustment seemed to make it significantly worse.  The chiropractor didn't want to treat me again after that and I didn't want him to treat me anyway because I was afraid.

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Price S.
on 11/22/11 5:28 am - Mills River, NC
So sorry you are in pain.  I had one cortasone injection in my knee and it did nothing.  they said they wouldn't do but a few of them anyway.  The joint fluid injection I had did help but it took a full 4 weeks to work at all and now I have good and bad days. Better than nothing but still not good.  Knee replacement is scheduled tomorrow. 

Is there a permanant surgery solution to your problem?  If not, I would try acupunture.  I haven't done it myself but have used it on my horses and it was wonderful for them. 

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poet_kelly
on 11/22/11 5:33 am - OH
I would try acupuncture but I  am thinking I could not afford it.  I haven't really looked into it though so I guess I don't know that for sure.

I don't know about a surgical solution.  My doc has never mentioned surgery.  And I'm not sure it's bad enough for me to consider surgery on my back.  I've got to figure something out, though.  The pain is not very bad right now but I'm assuming it will get bad again in time.  And before these epidural injections, it was worse some days than others but it hurt every day and it did limit my activities.  I could not bend over to pick up something on the floor.  When I went grocery shopping, I could not pick up itmes from the bottom shelves at the store so sometimes I could not get the items I really wanted.  And it did wake me several times every night for several months.

Hmm.  Maybe I should see a pain management specialist?

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Price S.
on 11/22/11 6:30 am - Mills River, NC
Are you seeing a back specialist?  they may be able to give you a range of options.  Have you ever had PT because of it?  A pain specialist would maybe be another way to go. Mobility is so important for so many things, from digestion to depression.

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poet_kelly
on 11/22/11 7:20 am - OH
Yeah, I am seeing an orthopedic guy that specializes in backs.  And yeah, I had PT.  didn't help.  Tried a chiropractor and that actually made it worse.  The back doc keeps saying NSAIDS would help but of course I don't want to take those.  I have done oral steroids. 


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grmadeb01
on 11/22/11 8:26 am - FL
have you checked into getting a TENS unit? i had gotten a script for one and my insurance covered it, i had a copay tho..but it is a electric stimulate thingy...it has 4 wires you hook up and place sticky pads on where you want it to rub or pluse or stimulate....turn on the machine and adjust how strong it is...i got it due to my herniated disc i have....i would get this done at my chiro office every time i went, its great...now i have my own, just not as strong....i put it on various places i want rubbed...you can use ice or heat with it if you have a heat pac not a heating pad...my chiro sells them for about $70.00 and that is what about what my copay was with the insurace..i also did purchase a message pad, i lay on it, and it has like a rolling table effect that stretches the spine out, goes up and down your back or i can have it do a shiastu where it rubs like knuckles up and down your spine, you can have it to a spot too...everyone in the family has used both of these, my chiro has a rolling table at his office and I LOVED it there..it was about $100.00, just for this christmas i wanted and i got since it was on sale a jeanie rub...i call it my car buffer..looks like it too....make sure you get the adjustable speed one..my chir has this also...and it is total HEAVEN....i lay on my stomach and my hubbby or chiro uses this up and down and all around, oh so nice...i have given everyone in my family a jeanie rub and they all like it...in fact just about 2 weeks ago, it was the "linder house of massage" everyone got the tens unit, the rolling table then we moved to the jeanie rub....everyone slept great that night...now the jenaie rub does vibrate the hands of the person using it, and i did get the pad thingy to go with it as it works better that way, i may have hubby put on some type of rubber handles on the handles to help with the vibration..but now i dont HAVE to go to the chiro to get massaged anymore, just popped..but i get the extras too...i had seen the jeanie rub a few years ago for $300.00 but i just found it for $158.00 so i got my christmas early this year...
i will get a scrpt for it from chiro so i can try and write it off on my taxes...
Kelly, come on over to the "linder house of massage" if you ever down here in sunny florida..i have my air on today as it is hot and humid again, or still..
have a great day
debby
grmadeb01
on 11/22/11 8:28 am - FL
oh i too had to nerve block injection on my back for the disc...i was scheduled for 6 of the, but only got 2, as the first one worked so great..that was over 2 years ago..i had the pain down my leg and into my little toe on the right side, but now with all of my play toys at home, i still have some pain, but not like i use to...i really like the rolling table one as it stretches out the spine..sorry it was so long,
debby