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nedak5 posted:
I am new to this support group thing, but a good friend recommended it and it sounds like a wonderful thing. You feel like you are the only one in this kind of pain. I just found out I have a bulging disc. It was being treated as sciatic nerve pain and i was given a 6 day supply of cortisone pills that didnt help at all. Two shots later and no relief, I finally had a MRI which showed i had a bulging disc with 2-3 nerves on it. As you can see i am not that well informed, but i do know i have been in excrutiating pain for 5 months. just got my 2nd epidural steroid shot. It has not really helped. i have been taking appr 6-7 vicadin a day with some relief, but i hate taking that many addictive pain pills. i have asked my doctor what about therapy and he keeps putting me off. It was interesting reading others problems and seeing some of the things that have worked and seems as if therapy is one of the main things that worked. i will talk to my dr. again and ask exactly where the disc and nerves are and to write specific directions for a therapist and see what that gets me. the pain and probably the vicadin have me pretty irritable and i hate being this way, but i have a very low tolerance to pain. is there another pill someone knows that may work better than vicadin? thanks for listening and if there are any suggestions out there i would really appreciate any responses.
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bj1208 responded:
hi and welcome to the support group -

you didn't say what kind of doctor you are seeing - have you been examined by either an Orthopedic Spine Specialist or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist? they are the best at reading the MRI/CT Scan results. they can refer you to a good pain management clinic.


you are wise to ask your doctor about therapy - normally the injections and therapy go hand-n-hand as the shots help with the pain and also reduce inflammation thereby assisting in therapy sessions -

you should be going to a pain management physician - I have found ones that practice PHYSIATRIST are good pain clinics as they go deeper into pain management - see link -

http://www.spineuniverse.com/treatments/what-physiatrist

I hope this helps - please keep us posted - take care - Joy
 
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nedak5 replied to bj1208's response:
Hi Joy,
Wow this community thing is great! thank you so much for replying to both of my discussions. You really gave me some great advice. I have never heard of a physiatrist and i will be looking into that for sure. I am going to a orthopedic doctor, but i don't feel he is doing what i need, especially with the therapy piece and giving me vic and ibrupropen. He did give me lyrica, i took 1 75 mg and it zonked me, even the next day. I had to go to work so i decided i didnt want to take it. i called him and he did give me some more samples of 50 mg, but i guess im a little shy about trying them again. I will ask about neurotin. thanks again, i am so glad you are out there and people like you that take the time to care about other peoples suffering.
 
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bj1208 replied to nedak5's response:
hi - both neurotin and lyrica has the same effect - of zonking you out - but they should both start out small doses and gradually increased over a couple of weeks time until you get to the right therapeutic dose - the side effects do go away over a couple of weeks time -


neurontin does the same - i've been on it for 3 years now and when I first started taking it it made me a zombie then after a week or two I got used to it and it doesn't bother me -

do discuss this with ur doc and do look for a physiatrist pain clinic - I think this will benefit you more -

keep us posted - take care - Joy


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