MightyMouse Posted February 21, 2006 Report Share Posted February 21, 2006 So, the past few days have been back pain-filled. I know the sensation, and it's in a new location. My guess is that's it's either the disc at t1-t2, or t2-t3. Aside from the pain, I've been more symptomatic than usual, mostly with nausea and lightheadedness. My sleep has been very interrupted, which has not helped me feel better. My headache is a bit better, but not gone (thank goodness!). I'm having the classic issues that go with a disc problem--arm and hand pain, shooting electric sensations, and local pain at the site in my back. I slept 15 hours Friday into Saturday--in stages of 4 to 5 hours each. Last night, I got 3 hours, then was up for 2, took sleep meds, and slept for 8. Sleep helps, but then the pain breaks through and I wake up.I've tried ice, heat, natural traction by lying in various positions on my therapy ball, massage, wearing my hard brace to bed, and rx anti-inflamatory (500mg of naproxen) last night at about 3 am--but can't take daily b/c nsaids and my belly don't get along well. I'm sure that nsaids would be really useful if I could just take them regularly! Does anyone know if they can make them in another form, like transdermal or suppository via a compounding pharmacy?I've also been taking pain meds (oxycontin), but it's not helped much. Pain meds have some major drawbacks for me. With the pain meds, it worsens my slow gut problem--which I'm trying to counteract with Zelnorm. The best thing for me would be another steroid epidural--but the last time, I had a really bad reaction with very high bp and fluid retention. That was about a year ago. I'm bummed at how many things have been going wrong with my body in such a short span of time. I don't know what to do next. My neuro appointment is a week from today. I could try to see my pain managment doc, but if I call tomorrow, I'll still end up waiting a week or more for an appointment with him...and i don't know if I could handle it if he tells me that pain meds are all he can do for me. I'm not depressed, but I'm awfully cranky and short tempered. I feel like my ability to cope is being tested to the limit lately. Any words of wisdom, ideas for relief are welcome. Nina Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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