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1/26/10 12:10 A

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emoticon emoticon from SC. Together we can do this. I have a disk that has fallen on the nerves of my right leg and degenerative disks in the lower back. I know how you feel about the burning. It's a pain you just can't describe other than some one pouring boiling water down your leg. With the support you will get on this site you can do any thing.

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1/25/10 7:51 P

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When I took the tramadol, eventually I woke up feeling like I was itching from the inside out. Didn't have a life threatening reaction to it. Dicfloenac is an NSAID and all NSAID's make me gain weight. Ibuprofen gives me a raging appetite and I retain water.

I'm taking ibuprofen these days because I pulled the right piriformis muscle setting a new record on Super Hula Hoop on the Wii. Pretty stupid huh! Just got my foam roller from Amazon and it was amazing how many sore muscles I have and didn't even realize it. At least I can still walk! I'll massage with the roller for the next few days and see how that goes. So far it seems to be helping. Just one session gave me some relief.

Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

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1/25/10 7:17 P

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what were the symptoms of your allergy to tramadol?
also, does dicfloenac cause weight gain? that was listed on the prescription receipt as a side effect.

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1/25/10 7:10 P

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That's great. I've found that pt really helps, especially when they massage after working out. It also keeps me from overdoing it.

Tramadol knocks me out. I wake up pain free though. I eventually developed an allergy to it, so can't take it any more. I've taken diclofenac also with it. It still took a good 4 or 5 months for the pain to subside. Then I got clinically depressed when I stopped taking them. That didn't last long though and could have been a side affect of the chronic pain.

Sure hope this works for you!


Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."

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1/25/10 6:25 P

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Saw doctor today. two new prescriptions, tramadol and diclofenac. we decided I'd do physical therapy 3 times a week for the next 4 weeks rather than doing the 3rd steroid shot. you can only have 3 a year and I've already had 2. we'll see....

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1/24/10 8:52 P

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thank you! I will give you an update after my appointment tomorrow. Although mornings are painful, I will get up and do my yoga and walk and at least one mile. Hopefully I can reduce my intake of food tomorrow - it's starting to catch up to me! How come it's so hard to come off and so fast & easy to put it back on?? LOL!

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1/24/10 3:26 P

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Welcome Sandy. I can relate as well. I have 4 ruptured disks and a missing piece of the L5 vertebra along with stenosis and degeneration. I had a doctor tell me that my stride was keeping my back out of alignment, so walking caused stiffness and pain until I learned to move my hips properly. Now I'm doing much better and have managed to avoid surgery for 35 years. (fingers crossed) Hope your back improves!

Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."

Ellen


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1/24/10 12:44 P

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Hi Sandy, sorry to hear about all that youve gone through with your spine. My back went downhill after a car accident nearly 12 years ago, so I can relate to what you are going through. Im a veteran of 4 surgeries (3 laminectomy/diskectomies)and a 2 level lumbar fusion (L4/L5,L5/S1)that finally gave me my life back. I also have a bulging disk at C7/T1. I tried epidural steroid injections, physical therapy, medrol dose packs (steroids), and I never seemed to find long term relief. Sometimes when you try everything else, surgery is the only thing that seems to help. I would have had better success with my laminectomy/diskectomies if my disks had been healthy to begin with, but an illness I had as a child seems to have caused the collagen in my disks to break down, making them more prone to injury and unable to heal on their own. Look at all your options and find a surgeon you trust to explain everything to you if you decide to go that route. Good luck to you!

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1/24/10 9:15 A

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My name is Sandy. I've been fighting a weight problem since my second child was born. She's turning 20 so I guess I shouldn't blame pregnancy anymore! I join a program, lose weight, think I can go back to "normal" and gain it back, over and over for 20 years. I joined a weight loss group at work in January of 2009 and joined a gym. I was doing really well, but then I was in a car accident in July and hurt my back. I've still been able to lose weight, almost 20 pounds, due to diet changes. I have a protruding disc in my neck and two herniated lumbar discs and severe disc degeneration. The mornings were so painful, I finally agreed to epidural steroid injections. the first one on 12/22 did not work at all. The second on 1/12 worked better. the pain shooting down my left leg was gone, and the hot stabbing pain in my right side was lessened. I've been doing yoga for the back dvd and added Leslie Sansone walk a mile two weeks ago. This past week, the pain has been returning, more every day. i'm going back to my spine specialist tomorrow to find out what we can try next. it's so discouraging. Oh, one of the side effects of the steroid injection is increased appetite - yeah, that's exactly what I need! I've gained 8 pounds since the first injection on 12/22. trying not to get depressed, which is why I joined this site last Monday.

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