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Old 11-11-2011, 10:25 PM   #1
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OK this has been going on since april 11 . My lower back , right side and all the way down my leg has been giving major non stop issues . MRI reveled a disk bulge on l3 l4 and bad arthritis in the facet joints but the back doc doesnt think thats whats causing this much hell . I have gone threw about 6 different injections of all sorts - PT - Tens unit - ultrasound therapy - swift kick in the ass . He has one more diagnostic treatment he can do called a disc o gram I think and he says its very painfull and will be out for about a week . Im holding on that one due to business and the co pay for that is high . Supposedly Im on some hardcore extended release narcs but damn if I can tell it . I have tried the following with little or no help
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Fentynal patch '' worked but wont stick ''
And now Im on 150mg of Nucenta & 7.5 percs and some how I function normal .
I have not been cut on yet and I hear mixed stories about getting cut . My problem is they dont know whats wrong to decide if they need to cut or not .

IM 265lb carrying alot of atv wrecks , hardcore boat rides almost daily , and alot of redneck demolition derby with junk cars but have tuned it down the past few years , I got sneaky feeling it has caught up to me

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Dang! And here i am complaining about having to go to the chiroprator once a month for my back.

I'd be real cautious about sharing what hardcore painkillers i might have around; they have some sketchy fans.

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OK this has been going on since april 11 . My lower back , right side and all the way down my leg has been giving major non stop issues ….
I have not been cut on yet and I hear mixed stories about getting cut . My problem is they don't know whats wrong to decide if they need to cut or not .
Damn!! My sympathies! I had a taste of that exact same thing a few years ago. Mine slowly got better after a month or so but I had the same diagnosis. 'We don't see anything on the x-ray.' 'A disc bulge is probably pressing on the sciatic nerve.' The worse pain I ever endured. Never let up. All the advice I ever got was 'DO NOT let them cut on you! It will get better.' And it did for me. However, six months plus is a long time! Have you consulted with a chiropractor or a Sports Injuries specialist? (Just asking!)
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OK this has been going on since april 11 . My lower back , right side and all the way down my leg has been giving major non stop issues . MRI reveled a disk bulge on l3 l4 and bad arthritis in the facet joints but the back doc doesnt think thats whats causing this much hell . I have gone threw about 6 different injections of all sorts - PT - Tens unit - ultrasound therapy - swift kick in the ass . He has one more diagnostic treatment he can do called a disc o gram I think and he says its very painfull and will be out for about a week . Im holding on that one due to business and the co pay for that is high . Supposedly Im on some hardcore extended release narcs but damn if I can tell it . I have tried the following with little or no help
Kadian
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Fentynal patch '' worked but wont stick ''
And now Im on 150mg of Nucenta & 7.5 percs and some how I function normal .
I have not been cut on yet and I hear mixed stories about getting cut . My problem is they dont know whats wrong to decide if they need to cut or not .

IM 265lb carrying alot of atv wrecks , hardcore boat rides almost daily , and alot of redneck demolition derby with junk cars but have tuned it down the past few years , I got sneaky feeling it has caught up to me
Don't let anyone cut you until there are no alternatives and the diagnosis is confirmed by 2 specialists. Generalized lower back pain radiating down the leg can be spinal, muscular, kidney related, a blood clot in the leg, knee or foot related. In the old song...the knee bone's connected to the ankle bone...tells the tale. A change in how you walk due to a foot problem could stress your knee, change your hip rotation and cause what feels like back pain.
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I feel for ya Mobile. Sounds like sciatic nerve. I had a friend with sciatica and he was no fun to be around, never could find any relief and finally relied on the prescription drugs and a good Cabernet Savignon for a little comfort.

There is always acupuncture!

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MobileMarine,
Six months ago I was in the same boat. I was looking at spinal fusion from S1 (Sacrum) up to L3 (Lumbar). I have had injections (marginal improvement) but largely just endure the pain. On a daily basis I was a level 5 or higher pain on a scale of 1-10. This started with a serious injury suffered in a sledding accident when I was 7 years old. It has gotten worse with age and my being a mechanic for over 20 years exacerbated the issue.

Back in August I was introduced to Essential Oils by a company called doTERRA. I started out putting some oils on my back and the pain level dropped almost immediately. The relief lasted all ay long. That night I started taking some supplements and I have been taking them daily ever since then. Today I am pain free. No $hit. All because of rubbing some oil on my back. I honestly thought this stuff was a bunch of hocus-pocus but I kid you not this stuff works! These days I only take the supplements (like vitamins) on a daily basis and only occasionally apply the topical oils when I am going to be straining my back. Take a look at this video. This guy has a different but similar story to mine (by the way, putting the Deep Blue on the soles of your feet does make the pain in you r back go away!) PM me if you are interested and I can get you some more info.

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FWIW, and it is not going to cost a lot- go see an Osteopath. A D.O. is a physcian that has also had training in back manipulation. Unlike a Chiropractor, (thats D.C.) he has been thru a full med school, and is licensed to do more than the DC.

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OK this has been going on since april 11 . My lower back , right side and all the way down my leg has been giving major non stop issues . MRI reveled a disk bulge on l3 l4 and bad arthritis in the facet joints but the back doc doesnt think thats whats causing this much hell . I have gone threw about 6 different injections of all sorts - PT - Tens unit - ultrasound therapy - swift kick in the ass . He has one more diagnostic treatment he can do called a disc o gram I think and he says its very painfull and will be out for about a week . Im holding on that one due to business and the co pay for that is high . Supposedly Im on some hardcore extended release narcs but damn if I can tell it . I have tried the following with little or no help
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Fentynal patch '' worked but wont stick ''
And now Im on 150mg of Nucenta & 7.5 percs and some how I function normal .
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IM 265lb carrying alot of atv wrecks , hardcore boat rides almost daily , and alot of redneck demolition derby with junk cars but have tuned it down the past few years , I got sneaky feeling it has caught up to me
I've been dealing with back issues for about 9 years. I had the disco gram and yeah it's painful but it did find one of my problems. I have degenerative disc disease in my entire lumbar region, three tears on 3 different discs, nerve issue and no disc in L5-S1. I decided to get surgery on L5-S1 and it was minimal evasive and I was supposed to be back running within 3 months. That was 3 years ago in 08 and it's been worse. I did 8 months of PT after my surgery but they said they couldn't help me any more. I'm currently on 120 mg of extended release morphine, 1200mg of a nerve med and 4 15mg of oxy a day and I'm still in pain. My advice is get a second opinion and be absolutely sure surgery is imperative. I was in pain before surgery but I'm in more pain post surgery. No other back doc wants to touch my back since in their opinion I have a 90 percent chance of staying the same or getting worse if I tried another surgery. If you do take the surgery I hope it works, I'm not a doc this has just been my experience and if I had to do it all over again I wouldn't have done the operation. Everyone is different though and I wish you the best.
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ive got degenerative discs. been through one surgery about 7 years ago. before surgery i was so bad i couldnt walk more than 5 steps without collapsing. not from pain but from completly losing control of my left side from the waist down.

ive had a hard time with weight gain due to back pain issues. surgery let me walk again but the pain is still there. ive been gradually losing weight and its hard. but the more i lose the more active i get.

basically i cut out massive ammounts of soda and candy

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ive had a hard time with weight gain due to back pain issues. surgery let me walk again but the pain is still there. ive been gradually losing weight and its hard. but the more i lose the more active i get.

basically i cut out massive ammounts of soda and candy
I don't have a weight issue (I'm 6' 3" and weigh 175lbs) but you are absolutely right. If you are carrying too much weight that is going to screw up your back even worse. Smoking and alcohol will too. I used to drink a lot to soften the pain but I have quit drinking recently and I have never felt better.
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