... antiinflamitory meds dont work for me help?
Hi, have you tried alternative therapies like physiotherapy/massage? I had this when i injured my back a few years ago and it helped a lot! Also heat pads on your back can help. Have you tried taking a combination of Paracetamol, Codeine and Ibuprofen? You can buy all of these OTC. It shouldn't be used long term but could help short term. Have you discussed the medications with your doctor and told him/her that they aren't relieving your pain?
I believe your best bet is pain management as well. They can provide shots to the area that is hurting the most. The shots generally consists of a combination of steroid/analgesic I mean anesthetic. It will try to stop the degeneration, inflammation and pain. It could really help a lot. If not right away then they can prescribe a pain pill that will work at getting rid of the pain. Try to keep it at a low dose first so that you do not get tolerant to higher doses. It gives you room to go up if need be. Try to stay away from the steroid Kenalog (sp?) it degenerated all of the muscle tissue in by back and it looked like a shark bit me. It returned to normal, but it took about a year. Good Luck!
I have had degenerative joint/disk disease (diagnosed in 2001) for years now and eventually recommended to a pain management specialist. Until then I was given all the pills on the market and off the market. Eventually when the pain management team zeroed in on my problems they have at least attempted to try and do something besides over the counter remedies. I have received shots, nerve blocks and other treatment which helps a little. Currently I am seeing an acupuncture doctor who is helping my upper back pain but I still have other issues which the pain management team is attempting to treat the best they can. I trust their judgement after doing research on my condition and finding out options available to me. Education is the key in learning more about your specialized condition and the pain management team helps as professionals. I have got to give them credit for doing what they know best.
Some of the medications they recommended have not worked for my particular condition but other treatments have. After years of NSAIDS I find I can no longer take them because they cause stomach problem which have recently developed. I have had 5 surgeries with metal being implanted and then removed when it impinged on a nerve. My orthopedic surgeon has been fantastic with the treatments he has done to help. Other doctors I have seen have talked about the possibility of paralysis but my orthopedic surgeon has done all my surgeries without complications including spinal stenosis.
Research what you know and then seek a professional who has access to a pain management team. The combination of both teams help focus on the issues at hand and don't let the appointments go too far apart. Stay on top of what you learn and keep yourself active with a doctor you trust. Both you and your doctor will get a better education and understanding of your diagnosis as your condition progresses.
I hate having so many doctors appointments but I would rather learn more about my condition then complain about it, besides no one want to hear me when I complain. I have outlived all my family and friends but I must be here for a reason and I am not asking any questions in that area.
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