Result of Lumbar MRI -
-santral hernia at the L4-L5 disc which is narrowing the spinal canal and pressures the cauda equine roots
- diffuse bulgings at the L3-L4 and L5-S1 discs.
Have taken, ibuprofen, panadol extra, co-proxamol and received one caudal epidural injection (Dr Cyriax method) of triamcinolone acetate (40 mg) plus bupi vacaine + SF + 2am ilcuglort.
None of the above drugs or procedures have relieved the agonising pain. I have not slept more than 1 hour a day over the last 3 weeks and I am in total agony. The Dr has now suggested that I adminster Synecthen Depot (1 ampule a day) however when I looked up the side effects of this drug, and the occassions it should be used, I am wary about taking it. Can anyone who has had this condition please tell me a drug that I can take that will relieve this pain.
Neurogenic pain can be very difficult to treat and many people have questions about it. Please see "What Can be Done for Nerve Pain" I do not have any experience prescribing the injectibles you mentioned so I could not comment on what your doctor suggests. Sometimes a more specific transforaminal approach to an epidural can be more successful (although I do highly respect the master of orthopedic medicine, Dr. Cyriax).
You may also find some helpful information on our low back page.
For sleep, you might want to try a zero-gravity chair. The "Perfect Chair" by HumanTouch was a lifesaver for me.
Dr. Christina Lasich, MD
Sorry I did not really help with my previous answer. The injections did help with the numbness and loss of balance though. I dont think anything will help my pain. I am convinced I will have to learn to live with it. Good luck.
I also have a herniated disc and also degenerative disc, I had two epidurals, and upon the second one as the Dr. was administering it I let out a big yell, 'ouch i said' and he said oh sorry and backed it out a bit and continued the procedure. That was about 8 months ago and the last time I was there for a check up he told me the numbness in my toes and my calf and back of upper leg is probally pernament nerve damage and I will just have to live with it probally for the rest of my life. Im 43 years old and from not pushing off with my toes as normal people walk, I noticed my calf muscle in that leg is totally weak, almost like its disappearing.
I have 2 herniated discs in my lumbar region and 3 in my neck from being rear ended on my way home from work. I didnt realize I was hurt at the time, didnt get the other drivers info, my car wasnt damaged. 2 weeks later I was in the emergency room. It took 3 months for them to diagnose me, I have had 3 injections in 6 months. They dont work for me. I cant take pain meds, they make me sick. I am taking an anti seizure medication which is supposed to work wonders on nerve pain, right! So far, no change. Constant pain, weakness, I am exhausted by 4 in the afternoon, cant do much more. I am a single mom of 5, I dont have time to sit back and wait to feel better! Laundry, grocery shopping and housework have to be done early in the day before I lose energy. I have a full time job that I love but sitting at my desk brings tears to my eyes sometimes. It has been 9 months now, no releif in sight. I am depressed from the pain, I want my life back.
I also have 2 herniated discs in my lumbar region. I am only 21 years of age, and I have tried many things that have not helped me at all. I have been doing therapy since the accident ccured in October of 2009. I have had 3 injections done over a 3 month period of time, which to me, only made matters worse. There was some relief, for about a week, then everything went downhill from there. There are ddays when i cant even bare to walk, I was sure I would be declared disabled. I have tried Prednisone which made me sick as a dog, methylprednisolone, vicodin, volume which only made me high, tramadol, norco, motrin, yo name it, Ive had it, and nothing has helped me. It has been over 9 months now and I am starting to get worried. I have not been able to woek and I have no income, andmy attorney cant seem to get me any income and this is just a very difficult situation. I feel for anyone who has to go through this, but I know that my back will never be the same. And by me being so young, I am scared I wont be able to lead a normal life. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know, bwcause I dont know how much longer I can take this.
Thank you for your replies. For me, fortunately there has been a little light at the end of the tunnel. First of all I have been told not to consider a back operation unless it is a life and death situation, as apparently a back operation is so tricky that it is one of the most dangerous operations. I was medivacced back to the UK and sent to hospital where I was administered numerous drugs which relieved the pain and allowed me to rest. I was in hospital for a week only until they 'controlled' the pain. After this week my leg and foot was totally numb and I could only drag my leg behind me. I was discharged from hospital with a walking aid! I then went privately to a physiotherapis who worked on my leg and back for several months. She also gave me exercises to strenghten my back. It is now 1 year since the incident and although I always have lower back pain, this is now bearable and is just like the pain you have when you have stood doing 6 hour of ironing! I can walk okay now and am even wearing high heeled shoes again, although the feeling in my toes has not returned (I think this must be permanent nerve damage). I am now going to the gym and exercising strenuously to strenghten my back; this is working to a certain degree and I am getting better month on month. I do believe I will now always have problems with my back and I am very wary of what I do now, as I would hate these discs to slip again, causing me to have to go through the same agony. I have been told to watch the pain and if and when it goes into my saddle, I will have about 2 days in which to get an operation, otherwise I will be paralysed for life. My heart goes out to all of those who are suffering excruating pain like this. Good Luck
Why have you not considered surgery?