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An_253533 posted:
Two years after a L4-5 discectomy there is constant pain, and not being able to full time work, I had an upright MRI. The one thing that was seen on al the tests was severe nerve inflammation still at the surgery site. When the surgeon went in to repair the disc he found that most of the disc was so disintegrated that it looked like sand or very fine pebbles. I was told that it would take 2-3 months for the inflammation to settle down. I have been seeing a pain management doctor without much relief. Neurontin is not an option nor is Lyrica. Is there any kind of relief out there for this problem? Do you know of a doctor in Chicago area that helps with this problem. All the doctors involved want to wash their hands of doing anything more. The pain is incredible. Are there any suggestions.
davedsel responded:

I'm sorry you are going through this.

It against the rules in all WebMD communities to recommend any doctor or health care professional by name. You would need to use the internet or local phone book to search for a doctor in your area.

The best type of pain management specialist is a Physiatrist. They offer a wide variety of treatments - both procedures and prescription medications.

Keep doing your research. Read through the Tip at the top of this WebMD Back Pain Community that lists recommended steps for getting back pain diagnosed and treated. Within that thread are links to websites that have good information regarding spinal conditions and treatments.

I pray you can get the answers and relief you need soon.
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dollbug responded:
Hello....MiMi from NC....I normally post on the Fibromyalgia Community....but on occasion I will visit other communities as well. I wanted to tell you about my experience with back pain and what I found that has helped mine. I had extreme lower back pain for a long time. I went to several specialist who could NOT find what was causing my back to hurt. I thought it might be from kidney I had them in both kidneys.

My DD (darling daughter) was watching a doctor who was on a local Fox TV channel who was talking about a recent seminar she had attended about *Morton's Toes*....she went on to explain that some people can NOT process Vitamin B 6 and this can be a real problem for these people. My daughter called me and was telling me about this and she said it sounds just like you. She thought I should try the P5P which can be found at vitamin store and is a processed form of Vitamin B 6. (the body does NOT have to process it to use it).

Well....on my next trip to the vitamin store I was talking to one of the employees there and he told me that I would be able to tell whether or not it was going to help me with the first bottle. I bought a bottle and within 2 weeks after taking a capsule every morning my back pain vanished. I could not believe this. None of the doctors mentioned anything about this to me. My only relief before taking these was a heating pad. I have now been taking the P5P since April. As long as I take them every 24 hours apart I have very little back pain. I have forgotten to take it a time or two and my back pain returns.

Do your own research about this on line and decide whether or not it is sometime you might want to try. Talk to your doctor about it. (not that the doctor will know).

My doctor told me that it would NOT it is not stored within the body. This was the best $12 I spent.

As you probably already know people are different and what works for one may or may not help someone else.
It sure worked for me.

I also wanted to tell you that I take Omegas as well...which I think helps with any inflammation of the body.

Take care and good luck.


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