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Have had back problems for 23 years, when diagnosed with 2 herniated disks. Haven't bothered me lately, but woke up a week ago in debilitating pain all around lower back. Healthy 53 year-old female, no prescription medicine, only homeopathic meds. Hurts to bend, stand, cough, sit, but at least sitting still eases the pain. No real bowel movements for 1 week. Had a masseuse/physical therapist work on back for 2-1/2 hours, but still couldn't walk when I left her house yesterday morning. Went home and called 911. Was filled full of morphine (the WORST stuff in the world), demerol and percocet which did absolutely NOTHING to dull the pain. They sent me home where I promptly thew up since I hadn't eaten. No massaging or meds will take this pain away. I am ready to kill myself as this pain is absolutely unbearable and I have an extremely high tolerance for pain. I tried to ask the Dr on this website, still waiting for an answer to my second set of questions. Has anybody ever experienced anything CLOSE to this? I am well versed on a healthy body as I jazzercised 4-5 times a week for 20 years, but cannot for the life of me figure out what is going on!
[QUOTE=Jetskijo;4223624]Have had back problems for 23 years, when diagnosed with 2 herniated disks. Haven't bothered me lately, but woke up a week ago in debilitating pain all around lower back. Healthy 53 year-old female, no prescription medicine, only homeopathic meds. Hurts to bend, stand, cough, sit, but at least sitting still eases the pain. No real bowel movements for 1 week. Had a masseuse/physical therapist work on back for 2-1/2 hours, but still couldn't walk when I left her house yesterday morning. Went home and called 911. Was filled full of morphine (the WORST stuff in the world), demerol and percocet which did absolutely NOTHING to dull the pain. They sent me home where I promptly thew up since I hadn't eaten. No massaging or meds will take this pain away. I am ready to kill myself as this pain is absolutely unbearable and I have an extremely high tolerance for pain. I tried to ask the Dr on this website, still waiting for an answer to my second set of questions. Has anybody ever experienced anything CLOSE to this? I am well versed on a healthy body as I jazzercised 4-5 times a week for 20 years, but cannot for the life of me figure out what is going on![/QUOTE]

Ouch!!!...:(

JetskiJo....welcome aboard.


How have anti inflammatory medications worked for you in the past?

I have many friends with back pain to the degree of yours. They do
a variety of things to ease the pain, yet some still do not always gain
relief.

With several of them though the medications such as naproxen sodium
taken regularly have helped a great deal until which time the severe
pain decreases.

Currently does your back pain favor the left or right side?

Lots of members here who are sufferes with severe back pain. I am
not one of them. Hope you get replies soon!

Janaly:angel:
[COLOR="Navy"]It sounds like you need an MRI to see what is going on in your back...and aleve or anything like that isn't going to touch the sort of pain that you are having. If it is nerve pain-which it sounds like, even the Class II narcotics aren't too successful on that type of pain. There are meds that have been found to treat nerve pain-Nueorontin, Lyrica, Topomax. All of these work on nerve pain.

Although this might abate with time, you should get it checked out to see what damage is going on and what can be done. If the ice isn't helping, try using heat for 20 minutes. Some people see relief for heat instead of the ice. You never know.

Are you haveing bowel movements now? If NOT, GET into a doctor and tell him all of the problems. This isn't something to mess around with.[/COLOR]
Thanks for all the responses. I had shots of Toridol, did nothing at all. Only ice gives me a smidgen of relief (I have freezer burns across my back) but the extreme cold taking my mind off the pain is the only reason why. Heat has always only made it worse. I went in for a cat scan yesterday where you have to drink a quart of something. The tech said it would really make me go to the bathroom, but I'm still waiting!! My Dr scheduled an MRI for me, but can't get in until tomorrow AM. Unfortunately, I can't get an epidural, which a Dr here suggested I do, until they read the MRI. Since I live so remotely with nobody around AND the MRI is a closed machine, AND I am super claustrophobic, I have to endure it. I also live on the second story, no elevators. If I can't get this epidural tomorrow, suffice it to say, I won't be around to reply to any messages as this pain is so off the charts. Sleeping (or lack of!!) and morning is the absolute worst. Pain is always in the low middle back, but whichever side I lay on, it seems to also hurt on that side. All the Dr's know I have had no bowel movements, but it seems like they think I'm faking this pain or they just don't give a sh_t!! I can tolerate huge amounts of pain, but I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy - maybe not anyway. I will look up Cauda equina syndrome. Thanks so much everybody!!





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