Rebecca (txlynn).....

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Rebecca (txlynn).....
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Tue, 07-08-2003 - 4:17pm
Hi sweety, it just occurred to me that we haven't gotten an update on your health lately. How have you been feeling? Are you still having that lower back pain? What are the drs saying? In your last update you said that the dr refused to give you meds that worked very well for the pain, have you managed to change his mind? Or is it a mute point now? I do worry about you. I had a friend with the same problems who had the same surgery with the same strange pain afterwards. As far as I know, she STILL has that pain today (and her surgery was 3 years ago now....YIKES) I really hope your doing better than she is. I hate to think of anyone being in pain so cronically, especially someone I know and like.

Please, give us the update.

Candes

P.S. I sent you an email, did you get it?

Peace,
Candes  
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Tue, 07-08-2003 - 5:25pm
Hi Candes,

I just emailed you back. If I hadn't read this post I wouldn't of known

about the email because it was filtered into the junk mail. I added

you to my safe list though now..lol

As far as an update. My internet was off for about a week until yesterday.

Backpain: Had an MRI which showed at least 2 bulged disk. The neurologist

said he only got one page of the report so far and that was all he

knew of. They gave me 3 spinal injections of Depo Medrol. I realllllllyyy

don't want that stuff anymore. I go back to him towards the

end of the month. I'm still working, still hurting -no pain management.

I get anxiety type attacks almost daily (hourly more like it) and

by now i'm probably a hypocondriac to everyone around me LOL.

I'm secretly searching for a different type of work. That's about all

as far as the medical stuff goes.

Thanks for asking. I have tried not to

get on here and continuously post about it because I know it

gets boring to everyone. It does help to let it all out once in a while

though.

Rebecca (I emailed you back)

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Tue, 07-08-2003 - 8:53pm
You are to keep us updated young lady! We worry about you. Don't worry about rambling on and on about it. That's what we're here for, the rants, the raves, the celebrations, and the rambles, LOL. It doesn't always have to be 'on topic', we're real people with real lives. We all understand there is more to life than PDD/AS/HFA.

I'm sorry to hear about the disks in your back. I wonder if that's the problem my other friend has and it just hasn't been dx'd yet? As far as the Depo Medrol, I don't blame you. I've never taken the stuff myself, but I know a few people who have and they all agree the stuff is nasty. Doesn't help with the pain one ioda. I take cordiozne shots for my hip, it works like a charm. Can you take that, or is it a different type of problem than inflamation? LOL, maybe I should have become an MD instead of a BTSD. I'd probably make more money as an MD but I doubt it would be as much fun.

Well, I hope you get something that works for the pain. And keep us posted on how things are going!

Candes

Peace,
Candes  
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 07-09-2003 - 9:29pm
Hi, I hope that you (txlynn) are feeling better also. I remember you talking about your surgery and I didn't see you post as often after that! Is the disk problem unrelated to that surgery and something that came along later? Work related? Which vertebrae are involved? Lumbar? I used to work with an anesth. who administered cortisone epidurals & usually gave a series of 3 inj. & it really seemed to help for chronic back pain. I sent my Dad to see this doc. for sciatic pain. I worked with him for 8 yrs. @ the hospital. FYI Candes, Depomedrol, Solumedrol, Cortisone,are all one in the same. They decrease inflammation so the bulging disc doesn't compress on the nerves. It has nasty side-effects such as mood changes, fluid retention,etc, etc... Anyway, I wish you better health & good luck. Hope to see you around more. Take Care- Mary Ann (R.N. for 25 yrs.)
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Wed, 07-09-2003 - 9:41pm
Thanks for the information. I really didn't know What the injections

were supposed to do. The doctor didn't really explain it to me, he

didn't tell me side effects or how I would be feeling.

The disks are in the lumbar area. When he did one injection I felt it

go all the way to my hips. It was scary and I was afraid to

stand up when he was done.

I think I did this at work a little over a year ago and probably

just aggrivated it over time. I always thought the back pain was

related to the 'female problems' I was dealing with.. After

the hysterectomy when I was 2 weeks post, I went to the dr with

pain and asking for pain meds. He wouldn't give me any meds and instead

he just referred me to the neurologist. I go back to him towards

the end of the month. He said if the injections worked he'd do them

again.. I don't know what he will do if I tell him they don't work...lol

Actually I can tell a little bit of difference but not enough to

make me feel totally good. I've been trying to find info on depo medrol

on the web to find out exactly what it's supposed to do.

Thanks again, I will be around more often.

Rebecca

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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 2:49am
Marry Anne, thanks for the info on the shots! All I've ever taken was the Cordisone (has always worked for me). The only thing I have ever heard about the other meds is what my friends have said...and those have all been complaints. Which makes me wonder, cause one of my friends said she couldn't take the Depo Midrol but that Cordasone worked for her. Is that possible? But I also seem to remember that she got the Midrol from one dr then had to change ins so the Cordisone was from a different dr. Could that have made a difference?

I'm clueless when it comes to pain killers and how thy're administered. I try to avoid them whenever possible. The only reason I get the Cordi shots is because the pain in my hip would leave me in a wheel chair if I didn't. They tried to put me on a cylce of Vicodine and something else (can't remember what it was) but I shot that down, opted for the localised that wouldn't mess with my head. Plus they had me on Vicodine for 3 mo after the accedent and it didn't make the pain go away, it just made me not care about it anymore. I seem to be more sensitive to the stuff then other people seem to be. My dgm takes the same doesage for her arthritis and it doesn't effect her cognative skills at all. (shrug) Like I said, I'm clueless when it comes to pain killers.

Thanks again for the info. I love having so many different proffesions represented here. Seems there will always be an answer to your questions or (as in this case) the correct information made available.

Peace,

Candes

Peace,
Candes