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Old 01-30-2008, 09:44 PM
Shanti Shanti is offline
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For those with leg numbness and tingling due to a lumbar herniated disc, what helps you (if anything) to temporarily give you even some relief from numbess/tingles. I am going nuts with these sensations. It's still intermittent (but to a degree it's always there) but is getting worse slowly. My NS appt is next week.
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DX's: L4/5 herniation ('98), DDD, DJD, T11/12 herniation w/endplate changes & 10% wedging/focal kyphosis/canal stenosis, cervical spondylosis C4-6, endplate changes L1-S1, L4/5 reherniation ('08), L5/S1 canal stenosis/central herniation ('08). Surgeries: Failed L4/5 IDET ('99), Failed L4/5 open microdiscectomy ('00), L4/5 TLIF (April '08).
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Old 01-31-2008, 03:28 AM
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Shanti, I can't give you any help with a strategy that helps as I haven't found one. I deal with the numbness and tingling and just am glad it isn't more painful. it can just about drive you crazy though and I hope your doctor can give you some help at your next doctor appointment.
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Old 01-31-2008, 03:37 AM
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Hi Mark!

Thanks

Do you find that one day (or even moment to moment) that your toes, foot, or whatever can have the tingles, then change to numbess...or vice versa or even feel somewhat less numb for no apparent reason? And that maybe the only way to never make it worse is to just never get out of bed? LOL Sorry, this whole sensation thing is so new to me.
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DX's: L4/5 herniation ('98), DDD, DJD, T11/12 herniation w/endplate changes & 10% wedging/focal kyphosis/canal stenosis, cervical spondylosis C4-6, endplate changes L1-S1, L4/5 reherniation ('08), L5/S1 canal stenosis/central herniation ('08). Surgeries: Failed L4/5 IDET ('99), Failed L4/5 open microdiscectomy ('00), L4/5 TLIF (April '08).
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Old 01-31-2008, 04:24 AM
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Holy smokes, Shanti!
OC-80's? Four a day?
You're wolfing down some potent stuff there!

FWIW: I've found that simply "taking a load off" (also called lying down in either my La-Z-Boy or bed) works as well as anything does.

Speaking of such, I think it's time I followed my own advice, and got horizontal...


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Old 01-31-2008, 08:25 PM
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Thanks for the response Ponyguy

Yeah, I get that a lot. It gets kinda frustrating, especially when going to docs that know nothing about the last 10 years. I was told that had someone taken me seriously to begin with and not waited 3 years to start trying to treat me (I kept being told I was too young to have anything wrong), and then the surgeries failing, etc. I wouldn't be where I am....it was a lot of trial and error. Nothing was lasting long enough in my system. I recently saw a PharmD that explained that yes, had my pain been dealt with earlier on, I wouldn't have had to get to where I am now and that some peoples' bodies metabolize meds differently and therefore need it more frequently and/or at higher doses. But, I have been blessed with not having to increase my dose since 2001. With a lot of work on my part. But good Lord! I certainly know when I am too late on taking it. I had no life for 3 years. Just thinking back to how my husband had no wife and my girls had no mother for 3 years starting at ages 10 months and 4 years old because I was flat on my back...still breaks my heart.

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Holy smokes, Shanti!
OC-80's? Four a day?
You're wolfing down some potent stuff there!

FWIW: I've found that simply "taking a load off" (also called lying down in either my La-Z-Boy or bed) works as well as anything does.

Speaking of such, I think it's time I followed my own advice, and got horizontal...


Much love and
Regards from,
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DX's: L4/5 herniation ('98), DDD, DJD, T11/12 herniation w/endplate changes & 10% wedging/focal kyphosis/canal stenosis, cervical spondylosis C4-6, endplate changes L1-S1, L4/5 reherniation ('08), L5/S1 canal stenosis/central herniation ('08). Surgeries: Failed L4/5 IDET ('99), Failed L4/5 open microdiscectomy ('00), L4/5 TLIF (April '08).
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Old 01-31-2008, 08:55 PM
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Gentle traction used to help me (temporarily). I could accomplish this by hanging from a chin-up bar. I also had a hanging contraption called the Back Bubble.. I don't know if it's till available.

I have a home traction unit that also worked well for me. I'd loan it to anyone who wants to try it.

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Old 01-31-2008, 09:07 PM
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Shanti, Yes I have noticed the changing nature in my feet. It comes and goes and it changes from tingling and numbness. I am glad you have found a med and dose that gives you some of your life back something you, your children, and husband deserves.
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Old 02-03-2008, 03:41 AM
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Thanks! I didn't even think of that and yet I've been talking about possibly getting an inversion table..LOL Doh!

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Gentle traction used to help me (temporarily). I could accomplish this by hanging from a chin-up bar. I also had a hanging contraption called the Back Bubble.. I don't know if it's till available.

I have a home traction unit that also worked well for me. I'd loan it to anyone who wants to try it.

Mark
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DX's: L4/5 herniation ('98), DDD, DJD, T11/12 herniation w/endplate changes & 10% wedging/focal kyphosis/canal stenosis, cervical spondylosis C4-6, endplate changes L1-S1, L4/5 reherniation ('08), L5/S1 canal stenosis/central herniation ('08). Surgeries: Failed L4/5 IDET ('99), Failed L4/5 open microdiscectomy ('00), L4/5 TLIF (April '08).
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Old 02-03-2008, 03:45 AM
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Thanks Mark!

There is nothing worse than seeing your kids' and husband's lives pass on by while you just lay in bed all day. So it is so upsetting to me when docs, especially, make comments on my meds. I could see if I was frequently asking for increases but I've fought hard to prevent that and never have had to. And that is my goal for this surgery. I will consider it a success if I don't have to increase my meds and the weakness goes away. But I also want this disc gone! It is no longer a friend of mine....LOL

I hope other things are going well. I've been praying for your.

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Shanti, Yes I have noticed the changing nature in my feet. It comes and goes and it changes from tingling and numbness. I am glad you have found a med and dose that gives you some of your life back something you, your children, and husband deserves.
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DX's: L4/5 herniation ('98), DDD, DJD, T11/12 herniation w/endplate changes & 10% wedging/focal kyphosis/canal stenosis, cervical spondylosis C4-6, endplate changes L1-S1, L4/5 reherniation ('08), L5/S1 canal stenosis/central herniation ('08). Surgeries: Failed L4/5 IDET ('99), Failed L4/5 open microdiscectomy ('00), L4/5 TLIF (April '08).
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