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    Herniated disc and pinched nerve pain
    Ronim posted:
    New to group. I've been diagnosed with pinched nerve and herniated disc. MD wants to due surgery I am against it. I've done research. I have tried muscle relaxers prior as well as PT. I had a MRI, steroid injections the whole list. Yes surgery is my last option but I will try anything else before going that route. I had the nerve test also. I currently have the TENS machine at home. The pain has gotten worse. Now more in my neck. It started as my shoulder then down to my left arm and tingling in my hands. I have dropped a mug due to loss of feeling in my hand. I use heat application at home. Making another appt to further investiagte other options. Just don't want surgery if I can try something else.
    betsey2u responded:
    Funny I was hoping to have surgery but I am not bad enough ,..whatever that means. So is it your low back or upper back?? or has your low back traveled to your hands and arms> I have a low back l4/l5radiculopathy but there have been a few times it has definatley effected my hands and forearms.
    Since the ortho said no surgery nor shots for me not bad enough I just am gonna go crazy on working out and doing exercises,.as needed I will take more drugs,.I just dont want to take more drugs than I can feel what I am doing.
    Let me know how your next appt goes. It seems most of this is all pain management til some guy says ok its bad enough now,..maybe we can try something else? or maybe there isnt anything else pain med wise and they go surgery route because they want to try to help?
    bj1208 responded:
    Hi Ronim - welcome to the support group -

    first - what type of doctor have you seen?

    second - what exactly was the diagnosis and/or what did the written report show on the MRI?

    I trust you are seeing a spine specialist? Either a Orthopedic Spine Specialist or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist are the best doctors to see and the only ones that can properly read spine MRI/CT Scan film reports

    You should get a couple of opinions from both types of doctors that way you know exactly what your options are and also they will give you treatment options if applicable.

    You did not state if this spine problem is in your C-Spine (neck) or upper T-Spine where you have the damaged disc(s) pressing on the nerve root.

    You indicated you had the nerve test done? What did this show? Did it show any nerve damage?

    Have you tried a good pain management clinic? I see a PHYSIATRIST Pain Management Doctor - they go deeper into pain management control based on individual patients needs.

    They may be able to offer other treatment options.

    Please let us know what you find out ~~
    Take care~~

    ~~ Joy ~~
    Ronim replied to bj1208's response:
    I saw my PCP first then a neurosurgeon then a orthopedic specialist. The problem is C-5 and C-6 in my neck. Then travels down the left arm into hand. The nerve test showed damage in neck area that is why I had a second MRI with dye contrast. Went to pain MD who was giving me the injections they would work for a few days then stop. Went back to Ortho MD who suggested the surgery. Has anybody tried Loritabs?

    Thanks Ronetta
    backbreaking replied to Ronim's response:
    Hello Ronim, sorry for the pain you are experiencing. My pain is in the lumbar area with pain in my hip and down my leg.
    I've taken Lortabs but all they do for me is make me feel weird.

    Take Care,

    bj1208 replied to Ronim's response:
    hi again -

    yes I was first put on lortabs back in 06 when my disc first blew out (splintered!!) and was on that til I had my operation in 2008 and was put on heavier narcotics.

    Lortabs are a mild pain pill and they do come in different strengths.

    Did you have a specific question?
    Take care~~

    ~~ Joy ~~
    Ronim replied to bj1208's response:
    No specific question just trying to find a medication that will work. I have tried soma, skelaxin, flexeril, and tramadol. Also the patches. All short term. Just want something that works. This pain is so much at times. It's radiating down my arm. My neck is throbbing. What are some meds that have worked for others?
    bj1208 replied to Ronim's response:
    Hi Ronim, again~ LOL

    what I can tell you is the pains from your back is different than the pains from the nerves that run down leg(s) and/or arm(s) (if in upper back/neck area).

    It appears that you have been taking some muscle relaxers along with the pain pills (I do too) but as far as the nerve issue - pain pills and muscle relaxers will not touch nerve problems. there are 2 medications that will help those pains - I take Neurontin (Gabapentin is generic) and the other med is Lyrica - these have both been approved to help nerve issues.

    I have permanent nerve damage in both legs (left is worse) and if I miss a dose I can tell as my pains etc will get worse in my legs.

    You may want to discuss this with your pain doc and/or your surgeon and see what they say.

    As far as the pain meds you should let the doctor that prescribed it know that these meds are not working well for you. it's hard to do this but you really cannot go in there and say I want this or that as sometimes it will make you look like a drug seeker. you just need to let him know that the meds are not helping with pains.

    We are all different and pain meds work differently and/or some people may turn up to be allergic to certain meds.

    hope this helps~~
    Take care~~

    ~~ Joy ~~
    Ronim replied to bj1208's response:
    Yes I am aware the nerve pain is different in my neck and back. Sorry I forgot to meantion I am an LPN!!!! I am familiar with Gabapentin. Not as familiar with Lyrica though. Sorry you are dealing with your pain as well. Yes I will be calling my MD tomorrow. I have a good relationship with my PCP.
    Take care,
    bj1208 replied to Ronim's response:
    Hi Ronim - let us know what you find out ~~
    Take care~~

    ~~ Joy ~~
    betsey2u replied to Ronim's response:
    hopefully that tens machine is giving yu some relief in the meantime. let us know how things woork out for you.
    Ronim replied to betsey2u's response:
    I have a scheduled appt with my MD next monday. TENS machine gives mild relief. I ahve been using heat which helps too. I will keep you posted. Thanks!!!!

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