steroid injection today and given gabapentin

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...ugh, after the first steriod injection the next day a wheel broke on my work chair and i fell on my butt after having been diagnosed with herniated disc with sciatic nerve pain.  the pain increased x 10 with no sleeping possible no relief from tramadol my back and left leg, calf, buttock, foot pain seemed impossible.  i just got home from second shot with now gabentin in hand and told to return to work monday.  

It seems from reading here people are benefiting from this medication.  i am hopeful

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    Rochelle, I have had a history of back problems, finally properly diagnosed when I was age 50 with an MRI. Had lumbar surgery for two herniated discs. Had a few other disabling episodes since (15 yrs ago) until last year when I had another herniated disc. This time MRI did not show herniation, so Dr chose conservative route this time with Steriod injections, and until I could get injections approved, he prescribed Gaberpentin/Neirontin. Took the Gaberpentin for about four months and had some relief, almost over night until I had first injection. I then stopped using it, until the injection wore off. Again, I used the Gaberpentin until I could get my second injection for about two months with some relief. This second injections has really lasted a long time, hoping it continues to keep inflammation down in that Disc. I wish you well in your pursuit of health, I had some relief using Gaberpentin, without the side effects that are common. Will
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      Will, i truly empathize.  i relate.  this morning my leg pain is gone.  with just one dose of the gaberpentin.  i do feel cautiously optimistic.  i go back to work monday.  so perhaps i feel some relief from yesterdays injection with the back pain. thank you for sharing your story because it makes me feel less nuts.  
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    What a terrible thing to happen. How long did you Have to wait for first injection?

     

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      Tracy, over a month.  then after the fall two weeks, the gabapentin seems to have taken my leg and foot pain away this morning.  i still have back pain.  but thank you for responding
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      Are You in the US? Here in northern BC Canada I am into month 5 of a 12 month waith for the injection. Looking at Debra59438 post also, has me bewildered how different our health systems are. Canada is very strict regarding pain medication. I have been through Hell and the leg pain I endure from sciatica is almost unbearable sometimes. I have had to leave my job and my life has changed so much. 

       

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      Tracy, I was more curious about your Healthcare system. Are you really expected to wait several moths for approval of injections? I have always heard about Socialized Medicine in other countries, and the benefit of everyone included. And, I have heard that it can take an unacceptable amount of time to be treated. Are you happy with your healthcare system?   will
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    Dear Rochelle, 

    First of all if you are in pain and have been at your job long enough you need to submit a workers compensation claim. It is not your fault that the wheel on your chair broke and you are more hurt now. Also for the problems you are having it sounds like you need a stronger medication than gabapentin and tramadol. I would ask to switch to Norco 3 times a day. If you have insurance get a full MRI and for goodness sakes please get a doctors note and take charge of your life. If you go back to work it could meke things worse. Go on short-term disability and call an attorney. (not one on television, but a good attorney for workers comp) that will be willing to come to your home and go over everything that happened to you. That way you can get your surgery and medical bills paid for. Don't let the doctors screw you around. They do not like chronic pain patients sometimes because they feel we can't be cured. I am a shining example of being on my way to recovery. I've had the same problems and I now take a multitude of medications to stay out of physical and mental pain since my injuries took place as part of a bad car accident and physical abuse from my ex which I have had no contact with in 3 years. Good luck. Gabapentin and tramadol won't touch that type of pain. You may also need lidocaine patches and muscle relaxers. Debra 

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      thank you Debra, i have been there 3 years.  I am 49.  I do have lidocaine patches.  today the leg pain is gone.  I do think i may have to contact work comp but i did not go to their doctor.  i may have to contact an atty.  i am widowed and now live alone so i do need the money.  i do have short term disability and am considering that.  The pain specialist is saying to call him monday to schedule the MRI and your post has confirmed i need to do that.  i most certainly will.  my back is killing me.  the leg and foot pain is gone and i walked my dog for 10 minutes, huge for me as of late.  Thank you so much.  i am sorry for your pain and these horrible issues
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    I also wanted to tell you that I would ask for something stronger or better like Lyrica and a Narcotic pain reliever. You are 49 so they can't say that you are too young or that you are an addict as long as you have a clear medical history. Let's be honest. You need medication to get you through if you file short term disability at work. Then the MRI then the physical rehabilitation. I also need to tell you that if they refer you to a pain specialist please do a review check. Some of them think that people that have cancer only need Oxycontin/Oxycodone but you may be a good candidate. Don't take too much and stay active. If you feel any type of bad feelings about a pain specialist you are going to see or if you read bad reviews cancel ahead of time and schedule with another place. You have a say in your medical decisions and some of the pain specialists have God complexes. I kid you not. When I was in horrible pain I went to see a Pain Specialist for advice for a Transfuraminal ESI. He would not do the surgery. I could barely walk. He wrote in his notes that I had a weird body shape. I was 30 pounds overweight from pain! Also he said it was ironic that I was allergic to Gabapentin. "Ironic". He also said that I drank 1 to 2 drinks of alcohol per day when we never discussed that. On the admittance form that I ordered I mentioned I used to drink when I was younger but now take mediations so I don't drink. Now I have lost my Social Security Case because of this scumbag doctor. If you get a doctor like that don't go in or walk away right away. Doctor's have no way of telling how much pain we are in. Its amazing that in 2015 they still have not developed a brainwave or some other technique to see how much pain we are in. Good luck to you. Yes. Apply for short term disability and consult a lawyer and a good disability claims person that will both come to you. Not one from TV. Its a good chance now that you are widowed that you maybe able to collect your husbands disability benefits if not now but in the future too. 
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      "ironic" that is just terrible.  I am seeing the Pain Management doctor my primary doc sent me to and no bad reviews that i just googled after reading your post.

      There is much to consider.  the MRI I will do.  I hope to feel better by Saturday enough to see if there is much difference.  I know so long of being so miserable has not done me any good.

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       I have been in chronic pain since 1982 and the pain can really get you down.  I am happy most of the time. Once in a while you just can't hide it.  Beware if you go to the doctor in a good mood.  They will think you're to happy so your actually depressed!   
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