I am 27 years old and have been experiencing severe pain and burning in my left hip and lower back ever since my son was born, 3years ago. During my epidural they hit a nerve and I just about jumped out of the bed. After 4 tries, the epidural never worked. I have done everything--physical therapy, chiropractor, CT scan, MRI, and I walk every day. Nothing is helping. The activity makes it worse. I am taking Skelaxin without any relief. I have also been diagnosed with insulin resistance. I am taking glucophage for that. I don't know what else to do. Any advice???
it sounds like permanent nerve damage from botched shot. i suppose theyve told you there is no surgical solution. there a couple of high tech items you can look into.
1. the electronic spinal cord stimulator
2. the pain pump.
the stimulator sends a current of electricity into the spinal cord to interrupt the pain signals going to the brain.
google St. Jude SCS for web site and key in your zip code for nearest doctor.
the pain pump distributes a very small amount of narcotics to kill pain in your hip. the narcotics does not affect your brain.
google Spine Pain Pump for companies that have this system. Medtronics i believe is one of them....pete
I'm sorry that you are having this problem since having your baby. Unfortunately, your problem can be a side effect of having the epidural anesthesia and it can also be the result of the problems that occurred and hitting the nerve.
Some questions for you.
How long have you been taking glucophage?
Have your symptoms become worse since starting on the glucophage?
Have you had blood work done to check your B12 levels in your blood and how much B12 you are absorbing?
The reason I ask these is that glucophage, taken in high doses and/or taken for more than 1 year can cause low levels of B12, and decrease B12 absorption anywhere from 10%-30%.
Low levels of B12 can cause nerve pain, increase existing nerve pain and cause permanent nerve damage.
It would be good to have those levels checked and if they are low, it is possible to switch to a different medication that doesn't cause the problem and/or take a B12 supplement.
A friend of mine developed this problem after only 6 months on glucophage and they thought she was bleeding internally somewhere. They put her on B12 meds and she had every test going to find some bleeding, nothing was found.
She also developed nerve pain in her lower back and legs, which she never had before.
Her B12 levels came up some with meds but not enough.
She finally insisted, as she is a nurse, being switched to a different medication, because she was convinced it was the glucophage causing the problem.
Her meds where switched, she stopped the B12 meds and within 6 weeks her blood work was normal, her sugar levels where fine, and her nerve pain in her legs and back pain where gone.
So it may be that the glucophage is causing some increased pain and nerve problems for you.
Have you talked with your doctors about taking one of the nerve pain medications to see if that would help? Something like Neurontin or Lyrica. It may provide you with some relief of the nerve pain and may decrease it completely.
It can make your head a bit fuzzy at first as you slowly start at a low dose and increase the dose over time to reach an effective dose.