I had spinal fusion l5s1 3 yrs ago been in pain sense. Fnally got a dr to do a emg test and another mri. shows I have degenerative disk disease in my thoracic and alot arthritic changes already im 26 yr old female. Sick of getting the round around I hurt and the dr tell me to live with it.
I was on this very site almost 3 years ago asking the same question! Thank goodness you came to this site. If you have insurance and can afford it, keep trying. You have the right to see other doctors, or ask your dr. to refer you to a pain management dr. Most GP's are afraid of getting sued, and will recommend a Pain Management doctor. One ladie wrote to me and gave me the same advise. A couple dr.s made me feel terrible, but I finally got one that reffered me to the right person. Life has a whole new quality. What would that doctor do if his 26 yr old daughter ws in your pain? We are all on your side! Keep writing, it will do you good. Good luck Sweetpea
I too have degenerative disc disease and severe arthritis in my lumbar. I also have sclerosis in my SI joints. I'll find out the next time I see my doc next month what that means.
ANYWAY... Best pain relief I ever got was facet injections. I got these from my Pain Care doctor. I had 12 injections in my back and it was great. He is great in making them painless while doing them. He uses a fluoroscope. I had pain relief for quite a while. It does come back though after a few months.
He feels I qualify for a different therapy to kill the pain in my back. So when I see him next year, we'll probably talk about it. It's a more permanent solution to get rid of the pain in my back.
My doctor is an MD as well as an anesthesiologist. And an awesome dude!!! Make sure any pain doc you get has MD in his name. I have seen them that are not.
Hi Mallory, you did not list the reason you had a spinal fusion at such a young age. I was just 22 when I had my first back surgery, an have suffered all my life from it, but things have changed today where it should have more helped you. Sometimes things just don't go the way we hope so the next best thing is controlling the pain you have. You are very young to be having arthritic & DDD already. Has the doctor said why he thinks this is happening, & is it just in your spine? I would seek an answer from a Pain Management doctor as to how best to handle the pain if you've had all the surgery necessary to fix the spine. Unfortunately this is the road a few of us have to take. There are many new types of pain control drugs on the market that are not narcoltic in nature, & maybe you will be a candidate for one of them to work. The names of a few that come to mind are Lyrica, gabepentin,
'savella & cymbalta. The first 3 are seizure meds that are used off label for pain control, & the third is an antidepressnt used for the same reason. I believe a consult with a good Pain Management doctor would be the next best step for youl Be sure to take all your records with you & make notes about your pain. When it's at its worse, what makes it better & so on. There is also what's called a Spinal Cord Stimulator, & they may suggest you do a 2 day trial with it. I am hearing wonders from my doctor about it since it's been on the market for over 20 years now. If the 2 day trial is successful , then they do an implant which would be permanent. This is a great site for information & for support. I wish you the best, & once again welcome...
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