... L4-L5,degenerative changes and significantly compressing the anterior of the theca.Loss of lumbar lordosis,denoting back muscles spasm.Post operative.Abnormal high T2 S/I degenerative changes of lower lumbar disc.numbness in legs.severe pain in the neck will do MRI soon for that .was discharged from hospital 5yrs ago,with monthly prescription of tramal 100mg tabs+ lyrica 150mg+(Arcoxia75mg if needed ) ???
Have you ever done any kind of physical therapy to strengthen the muscles of the lower spine? You definitely have significant spinal changes and may benefit from the exercises that the physical therapist could teach you and then you could continue to do at home. These exercises would strengthen and stretch the supporting muscles of your back relieveing the strain on the vertebrae.
Is the Tramadol, Lyrica and Arcoxia working for the pain? I too take a Cox-2 inhibitor like the Arcoxia called Celebrex. I take it everyday and have found it works very well. Have you considered taking the Arcoxia regularly rather than as needed? Might want to discuss this with the doctor.
I also notice that you are on the lower end of the dosage scale for the Lyrica. It may be of benefit to increase the dosage, but of course best to discuss with the prescribing doctor.
Just my thoughts,
I have a friend that went through this type of proceedure and the body started going bone much like an auto-immune response. Question for you if you do not mind answering is how much do you wiegh pre-operation and post proceedure? The BMI can give you some direction for extra weight is extra stress on already weakened stress points in your spine. If you can streching (start slow), walking, and use of light weights (if possible). I have found that weight loss now matter how hard and painful along with walking, streching, and finally some light weights have lessened some of the symptoms your are experiencing. The muscle spasms are the bodies attempt to lock your back into some kind of solid structure since the connective tissue is damaged or worn down along with the bones itself. I have found that sitting is hell, standing in place not much better but movement is somewhat tolerable.
The weight loss has proven to be one of the key factors in giving me some relief. My back is too far gone and surgery is in my future this week. I got to heavy, way to sedentary and did not take my health seriously. Nobody cares more about you than you when it comes to health. To the doctors you are a number, an accounts receivable entry in thier jornal and that is the good doctors. Along time ago when I was 60 pounds lighter I used to use gravity boots and decompress my back and it worked like magic. Now too many pounds later this is not an option for me but there are some chiropractors that that the table that does strech you horizontally and it does work. Relief of pain is a life changing commitment and I only wish I got the clue along time ago. Hope this helped sorry for the novel.
I had a herniated disk at L4 through S1, now in my situation with the L4 they did a laminectomy, but unfortunetly it got DDD (degenerative disk diesease) so i had to have that disk fused. but that was over 10yrs ago. My sister had the same problem and she had an outpatient laminectomy with a very tiny scar and all is well she is back to normal jogging everyday, going to the gym, they have perfected the laminectomy to a wonderful sceince so if you have to go that route i think it is a good idea, my mother in-law also had the same procedure about a yr ago and within three months she was back to doing all her normal things. hope this helped a little.
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