... lower back pain in general, am i doomed to epidurals every so often for the rest of my life? surgery is not an option for me.
I have all that you have listed and more. Have you thought about taking medication?? Also, instead of epidurals which I believe don't have a very long life, have you tried botox? It is covered under insurance, though if you don't have any, it is very expensive. Botox will remove any spasms for three to six months. It really helps. Massage therapy also helps. I used to get it twice a week until my insurance stopped taking it. That was my best therapy. There have been studies on acupuncture also. It tends to regulate the nerves going back and forth to your brain. That is the next therapy that I am going to try after I am dismissed from physical therapy. Also believe it or not, exercise can really help. Start with physical therapy to get you going. I go one day on land and one in the pool.
I tell you, I HATE getting wet, but once I am in the pool, the weight is taken off my back, and what a relief!! I can exercise to my hearts delight with no problems, and you feel so good when you get out, I promise. Just don't push it too hard, because the lack of gravity can fool you.
Good luck, I know how you feel, and some days are just unbearable.
PS If you have a pet, they are terrific when you can't get out of bed.
I know how much this is bothering you. Don't give up hope. Use this link and find "Herniated Disks. What They are and What Can I do for Them." There's lots of info and other links you can use to check out all the options. There's other sites that have even more info. I will try to find them and repost.
Take care and don't lose hope :-)
surely there are more options than just this one I am suppose to have an epidural but they are contemplating on using something else as back up due to the fact that they only give the relief for a short period of time, what medications have you tried? anti-inflammatories? steroidal injections?
discuss this with the doctor and check when you deal with that sort of back pain then surely there are more opetions, confronting the doctor and just straight to the point ask him, if yu get a negative answer ask him to explain why? you deserve all the best and sometimes what won't work in some cases if things are viewed carefully another answer is possible I wish you the very best take good care, (Billy)
I have a heriniated and bulging disk in my neck (cervical region) and a couple years ago suffered from Foraminal stenosis which basically manifested itself as an excruciating burning pain in my shoulder and down my arm. In my case this condition was partially congential and became inflamed following an auto accident. Anyway, I was given one epidural injection and this helped tremendously. In spite of what the Drs. expected I have not needed another epidural in more that 2 years and have been pain free since in regards to the pinched nerve. As for back pain, following a bad back sprain/strain, I ended up with moderate/major pain in the middle thoracic region of my back and was given a series of trigger point injections which dramatically reduced the pain almost immediately. Following my injury, in the early stages I required them on a regular basis. Unfortunately, in my case, I eventually developed a bad emotional reaction to the steroids.
Following some time to heal, I now utilize low impact workouts at the gym to keep my pain under control. The localized trigger-point injections I received in the beginning worked wonders however and may help you as well. Throughout my entire experience the one thing I did learn no matter how counterintuitive it may seem, is that movement is the best remedy. In hindsight I realize my pain was always worst when I thought it would be most beneficial for me to lie down with a heating pad on for a few days and in doing so ignore even completing a short walk or performing stretches that had been advised. I hope this helps some, and that you shortly find a balance which brings you the most comfort.
I also have that - an extreme emotional response to steriods -so severe that I cant have them except if they are absolutely necessary to save my life. I get a bipolar (manic then depressive) reaction to them so bad that I become suicidal and once tried to kill myself. It's just a wierd reaction I have - some people get moody but usually it doesn't go this far. I have a difficult time getting doctors/and their staff to believe me until I tell them my husband will sue their **** off if they give me steroids and I kill myself. Unfortunately, in pain management they often use steroids to help, so this limits my options.
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