... a bleeding disorder and cannot take aspirin because of that. The prescriber was a DO rather than an MD
Why would anyone prescribe Lovenox for treatment of nerve pain from spinal stenosis? I already have?
Added 26 Jun 2013:
The stenosis is of L3/L4/L5 and was diagnosed by MRI after several years of increasing pain and decreasing mobility and range of motion. The spine specialist in my HMO's orthopedics dept told me it is so tight that surgery is not an option: the risk of nicking the cord is too great. Trial of Neurontin gave no relief, possibly because I could not tolerate more than 100mg a day. I do not understand what an anticoagulant is supposed to do for this condition, and I have refused to take Lovenox.
A DO has just as much training as an MD, in fact more because of the osteopathic training, so dont let that bother you. I would ask him why he is giving Lovenox. It certainly doesnt do anything for nerve pain or spinal stenosis that I am aware of! Like KM says, unless they found a clot. Lovenox is low molecular weight heparin so it is a little different from other anticoagulants but I still would be asking why he thinks this drug is one you should be using. It is rather baffling unless there is some other factor that we are not aware of.
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