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    Angry Constant Pain

    I have a bulging disc and sciatica. The pain I am in is unbearable. I have tingling, numbness and pain in my right leg. I am going for a nerve root block tommorrow. I have already had cortizone shots and they have not worked. My dr does not believe in pain meds so i am not on anything for the pain. I can not even function due to the amount of pain I am in. The pain is so bad that i feel like my head is foggy all the time and i have to fight to get through it. Do these nerve root injections really work or is it just another way to prolong my pain? I can not take the pain anymore! It has affected every area of my life. Does anyone have any advice? I would appreciate anything that you have. I can not live like this!

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    Have you checked into spinal decompression? That may help and is non surgical.

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    I have not heard of that before. All I know is i feel like a big experimental project for my drs. I am willing to try anything that might work. If you could leave me a little imformation on it i will check it out. Thank you very much!

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    more about this please.

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    Have you seen a pain specialist?

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    Non-surgical spinal decompression is a type of mechanical traction. Chiropractors may have these machines in their clinic.

    Your doctor does not believe in pain meds but is either sending you for or doing himself an interventional procedure?

    You seem uncomfortable with your doctor's management. Is he/she a pain management doctor? If the injection doesn't help, maybe get another opinion.

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    Have you tried physical therapy, chiropractic care, ultrasound, a tens unit, traction, heat/cold treatments, electrical stimulation or IFC (interferential current), stretching, McKensie type exercises (PT will gives those to you). A bulging disc can be painful but it depends on the stage of the bulge. If it's in the beginning stages they won't do surgery. A nerve block can last anywhere from 2 wks to 6-12 months. This will give you time to do therapy. Therapy and chiropractic care really does work. Good luck!
    Brian


    "God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, The courage to change the things we can, And the wisdom to know the difference."

    Serenity Prayer

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    Also, check into a TENS unit. It helps some folks.

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    I have been in therapy for about three months but so far it has not helped. I have a tens unit that I am using all the time. I am hoping and praying that this next injection works. I feel like people think all this pain is in my head. I keep trying to find a way to describe the pain but the dr looks at me like i am crazy. Is it just me or do some drs just not believe you? I have been told that I have a high pain tolerance. Heck I had 4 babies with no pain meds and all natural births! I know i will never be pain free but just to be able to function again would be the best Christmas present ever! Thanks for all the advice. Please keep it coming!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabby70 View Post
    I have been in therapy for about three months but so far it has not helped. I have a tens unit that I am using all the time. I am hoping and praying that this next injection works. I feel like people think all this pain is in my head. I keep trying to find a way to describe the pain but the dr looks at me like i am crazy. Is it just me or do some drs just not believe you? I have been told that I have a high pain tolerance. Heck I had 4 babies with no pain meds and all natural births! I know i will never be pain free but just to be able to function again would be the best Christmas present ever! Thanks for all the advice. Please keep it coming!
    It's not all in your head! Don't think that for a minute. Pain is all relative. Some people stub their toe and say they are in 8/10 pain and some people with sci's say there in 6/10. It's all subjective. I've had doctors tell me the same thing. Well, we put an internal baclofin pump in you now for 5 months and you should'nt be having any pain. Hello, I am you stupid ass! Sometimes when they have done all they can in their minds and you're not getting better, they tend to believe you are making it up. If I was a doctor I would treat my patients like I would treat my own brother. If he says he's in pain, he's in pain. Lets find out why and treat it. Don't think it's in your head gabby!
    Brian


    "God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, The courage to change the things we can, And the wisdom to know the difference."

    Serenity Prayer

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