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Jaylien5 posted:
I am experiencing moderate to severe back pain. I have had degenerative disc disease fro about 8 years. The pain is now in my hips and going down my legs. It feels like I have a lot of pelvic pressure and have to urinate a lot. I have degenerative disc disease, spurs, bulging/protruding disc and no fluid in some so yes I live with pain daily. But this is different. This is unbearable. I have had MRI's. The Drs. say they won't do surgery on me because of my age and I smoke. Beyond that I just need some advice on how I can make it through the rest of the night with a little relief. I have already taken Vicodin and Tylenol. (I know bad mix but I had to try something). Anyone?
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bj1208 responded:
Hi Jaylien5 - welcome to the support group -

first - STOP taking the Tylenol with the Vicoden - this may/will cause damage to liver/bladder. You need see your doctor as soon as possible. He/she may order some tests to see what's going on with your bladder. see link:

http://www.laserspineinstitute.com/back_problems/back_pain/lowerback_problems/

second -what type of surgeons have you seen?

third - are you seeing a pain management specialist?

You may want to make sure that you get several opinions from both Orthopedic Spine Specialist and Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist. This way you will know exactly what you are up against.

If there is a big university hospital near you you may want to visit with their spine specialist. these usually are teaching universities and have more treatment options available.

Seeing a good Pain Management clinic may be beneficial too. I see a PHYSIATRIST Pain Clinic (see link)

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

they go deeper into pain management control than regular pain clinics by working with the patient and what the patients needs are.

When sleeping try using extra pictures. between the knees when sleeping on your sides. this will help keep your spine more straight. and under your knees when sleeping on your back.

I also take Gabapentin (generic for Neurontin) for the nerve damage in both my legs. this really helps with the numbness/tingling/burning etc sensations. Lyrica is also a good med to take. Both meds are to be started on a low dose and gradually increased until a therapeutic dose is reached.

Please let us know what you find out - sometimes we must go from one spine specialist to another, etc., in order to find out exactly what can be done.
~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~

Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

~~ Joy ~~
 
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bj1208 responded:
Hi Jaylien5 - for some reason I rec'd an error message on my post so am posting it again hoping it posts correctly!

Hi Jaylien5 - welcome to the support group -

first - STOP taking the Tylenol with the Vicoden - this may/will cause damage to liver/bladder. You need see your doctor as soon as possible. He/she may order some tests to see what's going on with your bladder. see link:

http://www.laserspineinstitute.com/back_problems/back_pain/lowerback_problems/

second -what type of surgeons have you seen?

third - are you seeing a pain management specialist?

You may want to make sure that you get several opinions from both Orthopedic Spine Specialist and Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist. This way you will know exactly what you are up against.

If there is a big university hospital near you you may want to visit with their spine specialist. these usually are teaching universities and have more treatment options available.

Seeing a good Pain Management clinic may be beneficial too. I see a PHYSIATRIST Pain Clinic (see link)

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

they go deeper into pain management control than regular pain clinics by working with the patient and what the patients needs are.

When sleeping try using extra pictures. between the knees when sleeping on your sides. this will help keep your spine more straight. and under your knees when sleeping on your back.

I also take Gabapentin (generic for Neurontin) for the nerve damage in both my legs. this really helps with the numbness/tingling/burning etc sensations. Lyrica is also a good med to take. Both meds are to be started on a low dose and gradually increased until a therapeutic dose is reached.

Please let us know what you find out - sometimes we must go from one spine specialist to another, etc., in order to find out exactly what can be done.
~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~

Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

~~ Joy ~~
 
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Jaylien5 replied to bj1208's response:
Thanks for your reply and info. I followed your links and ya what's funny (well not funny). I have so much pressure I feel like I'm in labor. This is crazy. Anyway I was up all night so I did some research. I sent "my story" and requested appointments from 2 big University Hospitals. Hopefully I will get a call back from at least one. At this point I would rather be giving birth over and over. Again, thanks.
God Bless,
Vicki
 
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bj1208 replied to Jaylien5's response:
HI Vicki -

Sorry u were up all nite - I usually sleep about 2-4 hours and then will lay in recliner chair -

I hope and pray that you can find out what is going on - keep us posted - prayers~~
~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~

Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

~~ Joy ~~


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