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    getting frustrated...
    Lauralizzie01 posted:
    this time it is my mother! she's been battling with sciatica since february. We are all getting very frustrated... she gets some better, then slides backwards. Had a lumbar xray that showed a bulging disks in L4-5 i believe. she is getting terribly frustrated, grumpy and depressed. some things just don't line up as "normal"... she CANNOT walk for any distance without having extreme spasms etc. some days she cannot sit comfortably. She hates taking meds, and it isnt helping that the vicodin is not helping at all, she only uses it when in extreme pain, but gets frustrated because she cant use it unless she skips the tylenol first... let me back up... she is on an NSAID, taken twice a day and the dr has her trying to bridge with tylenol or vicodin depending on what she needs. Is there a pain med out there that doesnt have tylenol in it, so she could take her tylenol and if not effective, she could then take a pain mmed?I was was thinking that a friend of mine with liver problems had taken oxycodone without tylenol (NOToxycontin, but IR oxycodone)... I wish she would talk to the dr about finding a pain med that works for those extreme times (ususally maybe twice a week?). so whats available out there?
    bj1208 responded:
    hi and welcome to the support group -

    first - pain meds really don't do anything for sciatic nerve issues - and what she needs to discuss with her pain doc is trying either Neurontin or Lyrica - both these meds are great with helpig with sciatic nerve issues -

    I take Gabapentin (generic for Neurontin) and it helps the nerve damage in both legs -

    she also needs to discuss physical therapy treatments to see if this will help -

    I hope this helps - please keep us posted - take care - Joy
    Lauralizzie01 replied to bj1208's response:
    she has had pt the whole time, and it does help, but she still has times where she cant sit for more than a minute or two... so hard to watch! then throw in mybback issues and fibro im a stressed, flaring, mess!
    bj1208 replied to Lauralizzie01's response:
    hi again - sorry for all that you two are going thru - we feel ur pains -

    one thought - has she been examined by either an Orthopedic Spine Specialist or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist? they are the best at examining, diagnosing and offering best treatment options -

    it's also best that she see a good pain management specialist - a PHYSIATRIST Pain Management clinic goes deeper into pain managemet control using numerous different treatment plans.

    even though she is having sciatic nerve issues the problem may be the bulging discs - starting treatments there may help ease the sciatic nerve pains.

    Hope this helps - take care - Joy
    mellycooper responded:
    I think I have a similar problem in my lower back, which the doctors told me recently. I didn't even think about pain meds though! I never really took them. Except for childbirth....
    Trying to figure things out!
    Anon_160307 replied to bj1208's response:
    I second what Joy said 110%. Pain meds do not help with nerve pain such as sciatica. And by pain meds I mean opioid medications. I am on Fentanyl with oxycodone IR for breakthrough pain, in which Fentanyl is the strongest opioid medication prescribeable and it doesn't touch the sciatic nerve pain I have. Fentanyl works fabulously on my back pain but not the leg pain. Gabapentin has worked so much more better on my sciatica than any opioid medication I've tried and I have tried most of them. Gabapentin, which is the generic of Neurontin and Lyrica are anti-convulsants that work wonders on nerve pain. Your mom should definitely discuss with her doctor about trying an anti-convulsant.

    I am also concerned that you mother is ingesting way too much tylenol. You should never ever add tylenol in with vicodin!!! Taking two vicodin pills equals 1,000 mg which is the safe limit in a single dose. There is oxycodone IR. I was just switched over to it from Percocet as my doctor was concerned about the tylenol and I am too. I don't want to take any tylenol on a daily basis anymore.

    Lastly, waiting until the pain is extreme to take pain meds is the wrong way to take pain meds because they don't work as well when taken after the pain has gotten out of control. I hope your mom feels better soon and gets the treatment that she needs.

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