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Spinal cortisone and painkiller injections

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Dec13-11, 03:07 PM
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Shouldn't you go to the ER then??? Or see some kind of doctor??

Yeah, that's what the nurse said, then I read an internet article that said that they will eventually stop. Oh wait, it's typed here on the realease instructions "Call 911 or go to the ER for severe headache". Eh, I'm a tough old bird. I read that someone had them for 5 weeks. I can outdo that.

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When's the follow-up for your treatment? I really hope something starts working for you soon Evo.
I'm supposed to go back in a few days, but I feel too bad.
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Dec13-11, 03:11 PM
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You ARE going to the follow-up, are you??? I'll ban your account if you don't.

Just get better
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Dec13-11, 03:12 PM
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I read that someone had them for 5 weeks.
5 weeks?????????????


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Dec13-11, 03:13 PM
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You ARE going to the follow-up, are you??? I'll ban your account if you don't.

Just get better
Yeah, I have to go back and see what they say. Probably "well, we told you that there was only a slight chance of improvement".
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Dec13-11, 03:14 PM
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Yeah, I have to go back and see what they say. Probably "well, we told you that there was only a slight chance of improvement".
But the nurse did say that you have to go multiple times before a significant improvement... Don't give up hope.
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I'm supposed to go back in a few days, but I feel too bad.
Surely they could come to you in this situation. Does your doctor do house visits? It's awful how long your medical conditions have plagued you
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Yeah, I have to go back and see what they say. Probably "well, we told you that there was only a slight chance of improvement".
But the nurse did say that you have to go multiple times before a significant improvement... Don't give up hope.
+1.0
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Dec13-11, 03:17 PM
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Doctors doing house-calls? In the US, that mostly ended in the 60's when doctors were required to have hospital affiliations in order to access to the hospitals' resources. Pretty sad, but true, at least around here.
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It hurts to read :(
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Dec13-11, 04:02 PM
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Let this be a warning to all of you "Do not fall down, repeatedly, on your rear end!!!""
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{virtual hug} (very gently)
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{virtual hug} (very gently)
Thanks Lisab!! My life as a klutz is finally taking it's toll on the old gray mare. All those years of living dangerously...high heels, stairways, icy sidewalks, flat open carpeted spaces... have come back to haunt me. I blame Kurdt, where's my kevlar bubble suit!?!?!?!!
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Dec13-11, 05:29 PM
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There is nothing worse in life (short of cancer) than chronic debilitating pain, well maybe a kidney stone or two, but there is a fairly short beginning and end chapter to those. Did you do research and give the pain specialists at Lahey Clinic a look in the PM I sent you ? They may have someone in your area that do the same procedures.

I really feel for you, Evo, I wish there was something I could offer or do to give you a few hours of relief. Getting addicted to pain killers is terrible. My father in law was before he passed and was drinking a large amount of wine (secretly) to control the pain before he passed. We found dozens of collapsed one gallon wine boxes hidden all over the place when cleaning out the house.

Keep your chin up, you are in my thoughts every day that you are in pain.

Rhody...
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Dec13-11, 05:45 PM
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Well, today is day 6. No noticeable improvement, same pain as before if I bend, lean, stand, sit. Can't pick things up. Plus now I'm having excrutiating spinal headaches that don't respond to opiate painkillers.

On the positive side, the headaches are so bad that it helps me forget about my hips, legs and feet.

They shouldn't be giving you opioids for chronic pain, bad doctors--BAD! (or nerve pain, like back pain, potentially mediated by A-fibers)

Have you talked to your docs about TCAs? They can help sometimes in chronic back pain, you should broach the subject at your next visit if you never have before (like a well informed internet patient ).

Back pain sucks though (understatement of the year, perhaps). I threw mine out years ago and its never been the same. I hope it gets better for ya Evo, stay positive about it (as hard as that can be)--psychodynamics and health and all that.
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Dec13-11, 05:49 PM
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There is nothing worse in life (short of cancer) than chronic debilitating pain, well maybe a kidney stone or two, but there is a fairly short beginning and end chapter to those. Did you do research and give the pain specialists at Lahey Clinic a look in the PM I sent you ? They may have someone in your area that do the same procedures.

I really feel for you, Evo, I wish there was something I could offer or do to give you a few hours of relief. Getting addicted to pain killers is terrible. My father in law was before he passed and was drinking a large amount of wine (secretly) to control the pain before he passed. We found dozens of collapsed one gallon wine boxes hidden all over the place when cleaning out the house.

Keep your chin up, you are in my thoughts every day that you are in pain.

Rhody...
Thanks. my fear of gaining a tolerance to pain pills (I'm not the addictive type) limits my intake of pain killers to less than a half pill per day. A bottle of forty 10/650 percoset has been known to last me 11 months. I'm taking at least a half pill a day now since my doctor told me that the stress from the pain was more damaging than taking the pills and to TAKE THEM AND STOP SUFFERING SO MUCH.
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Dec13-11, 05:51 PM
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Thanks. my fear of gaining a tolerance to pain pills (I'm not the addictive type) limits my intake of pain killers to less than a half pill per day. A bottle of forty 10/650 percoset has been known to last me 11 months. I'm taking at least a half pill a day now since my doctor told me that the stress from the pain was more damaging than taking the pills and to TAKE THEM AND STOP SUFFERING SO MUCH.
On a more positive note, "real" pain mitigates tolerance in opioids. The problem is when people keep taking them after the pain has subsided. That's when you get into that tolerance, dependence and withdrawal stuff.
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Dec13-11, 06:03 PM
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They shouldn't be giving you opioids for chronic pain, bad doctors--BAD! (or nerve pain, like back pain, potentially mediated by A-fibers)

Have you talked to your docs about TCAs? They can help sometimes in chronic back pain, you should broach the subject at your next visit if you never have before (like a well informed internet patient ).

Back pain sucks though (understatement of the year, perhaps). I threw mine out years ago and its never been the same. I hope it gets better for ya Evo, stay positive about it (as hard as that can be)--psychodynamics and health and all that.
Like Cymbalta? My doctor gave me that last year and I tried to keep taking them for a week to see if I could build up a tolerance, but they were so horrible that I had to quit, I was too sick to get out of bed unassisted. I tried them again a few months later and the same thing. But SSRI's make me violently ill too. Projectile vomiting.

Right now a nice demerol drip would be nice. I had that for my colonoscopy and I was happy all day. Just give me one of those beer can hats filled with demerol.

Thing is, my back doesn't hurt, I have referred pain, I guess that's what they call it, the pain is in my tailbone area (in the muscles) and down my legs and into my feet. My spine feels fine.
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Dec13-11, 06:13 PM
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Thanks. my fear of gaining a tolerance to pain pills (I'm not the addictive type) limits my intake of pain killers to less than a half pill per day. A bottle of forty 10/650 percoset has been known to last me 11 months. I'm taking at least a half pill a day now since my doctor told me that the stress from the pain was more damaging than taking the pills and to TAKE THEM AND STOP SUFFERING SO MUCH.
Yep, been there. After gall bladder removal a few months ago, those six little holes and the bloating pain were enough to keep me from sleeping so I took what they gave me on day two after surgery, they barely took the edge off, so I just toughed it out. To be honest in about a week, the pain was manageable. I hate pills too, and only use them when I lose sleep for extended periods or am in serious agony from kidney stones. There is no choice in the matter when that happens unfortunately.

Rhody...
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Dec13-11, 06:23 PM
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Yep, been there. After gall bladder removal a few months ago, those six little holes and the bloating pain were enough to keep me from sleeping so I took what they gave me on day two after surgery, they barely took the edge off, so I just toughed it out. To be honest in about a week, the pain was manageable. I hate pills too, and only use them when I lose sleep for extended periods or am in serious agony from kidney stones. There is no choice in the matter when that happens unfortunately.

Rhody...
Yeah, the percoset either just takes the edge off the pain or has no effect that I can tell. I mostly take it for my stomach pain, it seems to help that more than anything. And I am so sick of pills! My doctor told me one woman had just come to him that had been treated by a pain doctor and was taking 9 percoset a day!!!! More than half of one makes me itch like crazy and vomit. How can people get addicted to this stuff?


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