I have degenerative bone disease. Six years ago doctors found I had developed spinal stenosis as well as spondelothesis. Five years ago, I had a laminectomy. The pain keeps getting worse and the orthopaedist said the area where the surgery had been done looked fine, but I have developed more stenosis in my cervical spine. I still have the original (pre-laminectomy) sciatic nerve pain, now in both legs.
I have noticed a huge crush of pain right before I know I have my period. Can sciatic nerve pain be worsened by the uterine contractions caused with menstruation? What would be the drawback to cauterizing my sciatic nerve?
Also, why is it doctors only want to treat me for pain medication addiction (I have no love of them, but I cannot tolerate the severity of pain, the relentless attack of it). Is there any way to keep my spine from further degeneration?
Many women experience an increase amount of pain right before or during the time of menstration. Uterine cramping can cause referred back pain, however the most likely reason for the incresed pain is due to the hormonal fluctuations that affect the ligaments in the spine. As a woman, you are built to have babies. So these hormones act to loosen the ligaments enough to be able to push that 8 pound child through the birth canal. Loose ligaments account for pregnancy related back pain and back pain that cycles with the menstrual cycle.
Even if someone has a genetic predisposition to a painful condition or has had a traumatic experience; pain and your physical condition are greatly influenced by your health and habits. At the same time your doctors are talking about medications, I hope you are also receiving advice about exercise, nutrition, and other important aspect of health.
Dr. Christina Lasich, MD
P.S. Here are some links you might find helpful!
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