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Hi good evening !

Have and do suffer from back pain , although most of the pain is in the legs , I had an mri scan and there is damage to 2 discs although specialist says the space between discs is fine , symptoms include cold feet , burning sensation in legs and feet , numbness , tiredness in legs.Swelling at groin !
Have always tried as best as I could to remain positive and exercise at the gym etc but lately my self esteem has been so low due to the pain and have been feeling so tired as if my working day is over before its begun . I dont really want to have surgery and have asked to be referred to the pain management clinic where my gp has said they can if I wish give me an injection or course of injection's to ease the pain.
I was just wondering if anybody has had these injections and do they feel any improvement short term or long term or do they feel in a worse condition after the injections !
Many thanks in advance for any information on this !
Take care & best regards alfonso !
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replied July 14th, 2005
Cortisone Injections
Hi alfonso, sorry to hear about your back pain. I have tried injections before, 3 in about 5 weeks in fact, without success. Before I discovered a fissured disc with a discogram last year, I went in for the injections to the l5/s1 disc hoping for some kind of relief from plenty of back pain.

I can say that I had relief for exactly one day after the injection, and on the 2nd day the pain returned. Most likely from the cortisone escaping the disc through the fissures. It won't fix the problem, but might give you some relief for a short time. If you do decide to get them, don't worry about swelling feet, it scared the heck out of me at first but then realized it was a temporary side effect. Good luck to you and don't forget to give us an update.

Georgie
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replied July 14th, 2005
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Hello there! I had two ruptured discs and had back surgery about a year and a half ago. Cortisone shots didn't really help me at all, but the steriod shots worked wonders! Please, trust me, i've know so many people that took the series of cortisone injections and it really didn't work. Once again i'm having back problems (they believe a bone chip may be "floating" around back there and causing my problem..Sounds like fun doesn't it???) my doctor told me that they aren't really recommending cortisone injections any more because they can cause you bones to become weak as you age, which a total different set of problems that I would rather not deal with. I wish you much luck and I know exactly the kind of pain your going through. I really highly recommend the steriod shot. Let me know how it works for you!
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replied July 14th, 2005
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Re: Cortisone Injections....
carolscreation wrote:
hello there! I had two ruptured discs and had back surgery about a year and a half ago. Cortisone shots didn't really help me at all, but the steriod shots worked wonders! Please, trust me, i've know so many people that took the series of cortisone injections and it really didn't work. Once again i'm having back problems (they believe a bone chip may be "floating" around back there and causing my problem..Sounds like fun doesn't it???) my doctor told me that they aren't really recommending cortisone injections any more because they can cause you bones to become weak as you age, which a total different set of problems that I would rather not deal with. I wish you much luck and I know exactly the kind of pain your going through. I really highly recommend the steriod shot. Let me know how it works for you!


cortisone and steroid injections are the same thing. Sometimes the doctors use a different steroid like kenalog or even hypertonic saline to help with back pain. If the cortisone didn't work but some other steroid did that is great. Another use for botox is in the back muscles now to stop them from spasming so badly.
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replied July 15th, 2005
I had a cortisone shot two days ago. My first one. The doctor told me he thought it would not work for me, but I had to try it before I could consider surgery. I have not noticed any difference, better or worse. Maybe I need to give it a few more days. I have heard a lot of people tell me it works for them on a temporary basis only. The longest I have heard someone tell me it worked is a year.

I hate the thought of surgery, because that does not always work either.

Good luck with yours.
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replied July 15th, 2005
Hi cheers to all who replied , its gotta be the most frustrating thing ever , I have day's when I can be nearly pain free ( touch wood ) then weeks at a time when I am in agony.

Hope everyone finds some form of relief and will keep you all informed as to what/if any treatment I recieve works !

Take care & best regards alfonso !
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replied July 15th, 2005
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I too have heard that botox works on your back pain, but I wonder if insurance would pay for it...Simply because of the fact that it's botox. I wish us all good days and nights without any pain. By the way, the most a shot has ever worked for me was maybe a month, not much more. I just remember going for all those x-rays and ct-scans and just laying there crying when they told me lay on my side or move this way or that...The pain was incrediable! I remember the very first thing I thought of when I woke up from surgery was "aaaaaahhhhhh...It does'nt hurt any more! When they brought my husband and mother back in recovery that was the first thing I told them. I was able to turn my walker back in and my wheel-chair back in. It was wonderful!
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replied July 29th, 2005
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Botox does work. I have been getting them for a year now. You can only get it injected every 3 months. I had to fight my insurance company for about 6 months but they are now covering this for me.
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replied February 15th, 2010
Hi... I was also considering cortisone but after reading this it looks as if I may opt for surgery. Will see how things go. Sciata has set in about a month ago and like Alfonso ..some days are almost pain free and others unbearable. Don't know how much longer I can go on like this but surgery is scaring the hell out of me.
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replied February 15th, 2010
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Hello all,

Do not considere either cortizone nor surgery.

This anti-inflamatory, physical therapy, epidural
steroid injections, nerve blocks, etc. are not the
solutions.

Therapy will agrevate the problem. Cortizone will
make you diabetic, nerve block will be even worse,
Steroids is not the solution.

None of those thing will get to the root of the problem. There are only two things which will help this problem: " one is the resetting of the dislocated and / or piched sciatic nerves and highly specialized exercises to help cure the pain/problem. Very very few have this insite about the cure/healing of this type of pain/problem. I am one of them.
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replied February 16th, 2010
The pain has been intolerable..am seeing neurologist 2moro...I have a substancial disc prolapse L5/S1....Lyrica (apparently it supresses messages of pain from nerve to brain) has helped in the last couple of days but has left me feeling spaced out. Am going to ask 4 operation ASAP. Am scared to hell but can't take it any longer. I think that any other treatment will just b prolonging the inevitabl.e Will keep u posted.
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replied March 5th, 2010
Hi. I've been having back problems for the last couple of months. I finnally had an mri done to reveal a bulge in my L5 S1. I have been out of work for the last month now and my favorite position is on a hard floor. The pain is unbearable to say the least. My right glute, hamstring and calf are starting to atrophy from lack of use. This is hard for me because I have been very active my whole life and I work out daily.

I had my first Cortisone shot yesterday in hopes to eleviate some of the pain. I woke up last night in the most pain I have been in thus far.

Can someone tell me if this is a normal occurance with Cortisone injections.

I have heard that decompression may help. Has anybody tried this and had success ?

Rick Firefighter from Ma.
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replied March 5th, 2010
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hi rick
sorry your having so much trouble with your spine. i too spend a lot of time on the floor in pain.
i had injections but they didnt help me.
the number one thing is to make sure youre under the care of a good neuro or ortho surgeon who specializes on the spine. was your mri ordered by a dr like that?
a good surgeon can give you advice as to the next step in your treatment. in many cases the surgeon will order physical therapy. from the sounds of your condition i wonder if you will be able to go through it.
one concern for you to have is the danger of permanent damage if you wait too long to have this fixed. the surgeon may want to go in right away and repair the disc in order to prevent damage.
as for muscle atrophy it is possible to bring your strength back. i had atrophy and by going through therapy a lot of my strength has returned. unfortunately my pain never went away but i had trouble in many areas of my spine. there are many options for the surgeon and you can be confident there is a solution for you.
if there is any way you can walk a bit it would help your recovery. can you walk with crutches?
what kind of meds are you on for pain?
i actually live in an old firehouse but our number one concern is putting out this hot spot that you have.
please get back to me about your situation. and believe me things will improve....pete
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replied March 5th, 2010
Thanks Pete..
I've been seeing an Orthopedic that specializes in the spine. From what I understand he is a very good Dr. He along with my PCP, my PT, and the pain Dr that did my Cortisone shot all read my MRI and came to the same conclusion. Is that I have a bulge in my L5-S1. My Ortho is mostly concerned about the lack of strength I have on my right side. Like you said he doesn't want to see me wait to long before I have permanent nerve damage.

To answer your question about walking aides. No, I haven't come to that point, but when the pain is at its worst i feel as if my right ankle is broken. Its a very noticeable limp and I probably could use a cane. I've been doing physical therapy twice a week for the last 5 weeks with no improvement. I have been out of my gym for the last week now, but trust me it has been a strugle for me to workout in the last month when I was going. I'm trying to play it smart, but I'm not sure how much to push myself ?

So back to the surgery option. My Ortho wants me to schedule a date just incase I get no relief from the shot. I'm kind of between a rock & a hard place with this decision. I'm not sure if I should wait to see how I do with a second Cortisone shot and risk more nerve damage or just go for the surgery which the Ortho seems to think will solve the problem.

Thanks for your input !
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replied March 5th, 2010
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hi rick
sounds like your surgeon is on top of things.
there are different kinds of nerves in the spinal cord. some control pain, others coordination and muscle strength and others control your sensations. you are having the most pressure on the muscle and coordination nerves. i had those nerves affected 40 years ago. i lost strength but could walk. i even jogged and skated. i never went through surgery but i never got my full strength back. later on in life i had 7 spine surgeries and the coordination never returned.
if i had it to do all over again i would have had surgery.
in those days they didnt have the surgical options they do now.
one of ehealths members put together a very informative post for those people considering surgery.
here is a link to the post
http://ehealthforum.com/health/deciding-on -spine-surgery-t219360.html
its good to have a trusted person accompany you to your dr appointment. let us know what dr suggests.....pete
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replied March 5th, 2010
Thanks again Pete.

I'm in alot of pain today. Probably the worst since I have had it. I don't know if its normal occurrence the day after the shot ? I had to call my pain Dr its so bad so now I'm waiting for him to call back. I hate to rely on pain killers, but at this point I have no choice.

I'm seriously considering surgery at this point. I'll atleast schedule it, and if by some miracle I feel better then I'll just cancel it.

My wife is a E.R. nurse so she's there to help and support me through the decision making process.

I'll check out that health forum, and I think that's pretty neat that you live in a old firehouse.

Thanks Rick
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replied March 5th, 2010
Hi Rick,
Sounds like a bad case of sciatica. I had very similar symptoms. Sitting was unbearable..same sensations in the buttock and leg. I was advised to see a good NEURO SURGEON who showed me on my MRI how the L5 /S1 bulge was pressing on the sciatic nerve. I tried acupuncture, remedial massage, yoga...was determined to not let it get the better of me. I was on Lyrica painkillers (supposed to block the pain from the nerve to the brain)but that didn't help much either. I was in pain for approx three months and was literally suffering.Doctor suggested cortisone...but I couldn't see how corisone or anything else apart from surgery could fix that bulge. I came to the conclusion that I wanted surgery and ASAP. I had a microdisectomy last Friday...only the bulge..not the whole disc...was cut out. Straight after surgery the sciatic pain had gone. I felt fragile but I could sit with 'no pain in the butt'or down the leg. I felt nothing for the first 3 days. But now I am starting to feel a niggling sensation where the pain used to be. My doctor assures me that this is normal..it is the nerve trying to heal itself and should settle down within a couple of months. However, I was also told that there is a slight chance that this niggling sensation will be permament. I will just need to be patient and let time do its work. Either way I already feel 90% better and am glad I had the operation done....so far ...but we'll see how things go. Just thought I'd share my experience. Good Luck...hope things get better for you.
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replied March 7th, 2010
Thanks for taking the time to respond to my post.
As you see I had my Cortisone shot done last Thursday, and I'm still waiting for relief. Today was a pretty good day as far as my pain level goes. I felt no need to take any pain killers. So maybe its starting to heal.
I'm going to see how my body responds to the shot and if I'm still in any pain come the next few weeks I'm going to have the same surgery as you. I already have it booked just in case.

I am happy to hear that you had success and that you are mostly pain free now.
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replied March 7th, 2010
Hi Fran and thanks. yes the pain I experienced was at the shot site. I have to say it was very painful.
That is promissing news to hear that it may take some time for the shot to take effect. I was worried that it was all for not. Today is the 3rd day after recieving the shot and I was pleased to say that i didn't feal the need to take any pain killers. So maybe its having its effect.
I also bought a great program online called Lose the back pain.com... It covers all the underlying issues of why so many of us are suffering with this problem. So far it all makes sence to me and I am happy I made the purchase. It may even keep me off the operating table if I adhere to the principles of the program.

I highly recommend buying it...

Thanks for your input...

Rick
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replied June 13th, 2010
decrompression thearopy is a joke and very expencive.
If you wantt the same affect just get in a swimming pool and float using a noodle for about an half hour to an hour this does the smae thing as decrompression. it streches the spine to get nutrient in to your spine.
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