Results, visit with spine specialist.

BreC
By BreC Latest Reply 2015-01-29 20:27:50 -0600
Started 2015-01-26 15:43:58 -0600

Just got home after visit with my spine specialist. Did new x-ray's. The protruding has gotten slightly worse but still not enough to warrant surgery. I got a long acting steroid shot. I can get one every 3 months. He said it will run my BS numbers up but should level back out after 3-4 days. He said to keep a close check on my BS and up the 2 Aleve daily to 4. Two in the morning and two at night. No bending if I can keep from it. I have been in horrible pain for a couple of weeks and hope to get some relief. When it gets to the point one cannot function it's time to try something else. I know all the side effects of steroids but sometimes you just gotta do whatever works.


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Jim1954
Jim1954 2015-01-29 10:56:52 -0600 Report

I have had so much back problems due to the wrong Dr.. The first time I hurt my back, I actually broke a piece of bone off. The place where I was working sent me to see an Orthopedic doctor who was going to be on the 1994 winter olympics medical team. He kept me in pain while this piece of bone floated around for 8 months until I got to see a Neurosurgeon who had me fixed in 2 days. So if you don't get real help, try another doctor.

BreC
BreC 2015-01-28 09:12:55 -0600 Report

Well, my BS numbers have gone up between 150-250 fasting but I am changing my diet a bit more and increasing my injection 2-4 points until hopefully it settles back down again. My back is doing much better so it's a trade off.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2015-01-27 13:31:18 -0600 Report

I hope you find relief soon. That is horrible. I have a hip that doesn't like to work after I have been sitting too long. Once it gets going it's okay. I cannot even imagine the kind of pain that a back out of whack would cause.

BreC
BreC 2015-01-27 12:05:39 -0600 Report

One things I just recalled from my visit yesterday. Dr. Wilburn and I were talking about what would happen to my BG numbers. He mentioned eating less breads, etc. I told him about the almond flour that I learned about on DC. He said that he had heard about almond milk and that drank it from time to time but hadn't heard of almond flour. He said he was going to get some and try it. I don't like almonds so it would be useless for me to buy it but, still spreading the word. Kool. I didn't ask if he was diabetic but if he can benefit from the almond flour, then it was a good conversation.

Jan8
Jan8 2015-01-27 10:54:19 -0600 Report

I use to get cortisone shots in my knees and boy did my Bgs go up ! Sometimes I had to test every hour but it did relieve the pain !

NewSong53
NewSong53 2015-01-27 06:24:27 -0600 Report

I'm sorry you are having this pain. At one time I had to take prednisone for awhile. It did cause my blood sugar to rise and I puffed up. But the relief from pain was incredible. My doctor weaned me off gradually — so if you decide to stop taking it, do not stop suddenly as it can wreak havoc with your body. To me, the choice was the lesser of two evils. I chose to get off them earlier than my doctor thought was wise, but he weaned me off them at one point and the Aleve and walking, etc. helped with the pain. A sedentary job brought me pain off and on. Now that I have a job where I can get up frequently and move around, a lot of that pain is gone. (Lots of other stuff I did but these are just a couple.)

lilleyheidi
lilleyheidi 2015-01-27 00:21:57 -0600 Report

I'm really sorry your going through this Bre, I hope that the shot gives you some relief. I know when I've had steroid shots in the past I've gotten good relief from them so I hope you get the same. Wishing you the best. Heidi

sweetslover
sweetslover 2015-01-26 21:26:59 -0600 Report

I feel for you. I had 3 epidural injections before I started decompression therapy with my neurologist. The decompression therapy I tried with the chiro. for over a year did no good, but after 4 months with the neurologist's decompression, I am almost pain free. The bad news is that insurance will not pay for this, but being out of pain has been worth every penny I have spent. He has restricted me from lifting anything heavy, but for the moment all other restrictions have been lifted. Now if I could just improve my neuropathy…

BreC
BreC 2015-01-26 18:30:12 -0600 Report

I have been searching the internet and can't find a definitive answer. Steroid shots vs pills. For BS numbers is one better/worse than the other or are they along the same line.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-01-29 20:27:50 -0600 Report

My late wife "Jem" was on both corticosteroid injections and prednisone pills when she suffered a Lupis flare.

Both raised her BG levels sometimes to 600 mg/dl, (which led to an ER visit to get it down) other times to 300 to 400 mg/dl.

Both raised her BG levels. She had just had a steroid injection the day before she passed, away, FWIW

Nick1962
Nick1962 2015-01-26 17:36:26 -0600 Report

My best to you Bre – I had my back done in april of 2013. I feel your pain, especially those shots. Thankfully my lovely and talented chiropractor keep the problem to a minimum for as long as she could, but in the end no PT or exercises can restore a bad disc, so I did finally have to have my L3-L5 pinned. Night and day difference – other than the actual surgical pain, I’ve had no pain since. You may want a second opinion. Unfortunately, since it can be progressive, I’m looking at the same issue with my neck now, but no way am I waiting until it gets that bad again.

BeckieJ
BeckieJ 2015-01-26 16:25:24 -0600 Report

I'm sorry your in pain. Steroids have helped my husband with his hip for awhile. The doctor says it's a short term solution. Have you tried physical therapy? I know doing physical therapy has helped my low back. My PT has shown me some stretches and exercises that help relieve the pain. Of course doing the exercises and stretching with his guidance has made all the difference in the world. I hope you find relief from your pain soon.

BreC
BreC 2015-01-26 16:40:25 -0600 Report

I have been through PT 3 times and it didn't help me. I have a tens unit that I use almost daily. It helps ease the pain for a little while. I have been dealing with back problems for about 20 years. There are good days and bad days and then days when I can barely move.

rock47
rock47 2015-01-26 15:53:37 -0600 Report

I know…my wife, Sandi, has the same problem. Even got surgery. The bad news is surgery made it worse. Nothing she takes helps. Avoid surgery at all costs, I guess. I recommend more surgery but she won't listen. I don't blame her. She came out of the hospital with a paralyzed right leg.!!!

rhett t
rhett t 2015-01-26 15:53:05 -0600 Report

I know what you're going through. It took me years before I had back surgery. Take you're time during this time and use a cane if you have too. Wish the best for you.

NewSong53
NewSong53 2015-01-27 06:28:49 -0600 Report

Yes, don't hesitate to use any aids that ease your pain. At one time, I'd go to work with a cane as well devices on both knees and forearms and a back brace — sometimes I used a heating pad at my desk. I felt ridiculous but it certainly helped with the pain.