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pain in lower back

Started by poppasofthackle on 03/28/2010 2:56pm

Thank you for your information. I have had an MRI and three epidurals. Pain is still at a (7). The Dr. said I had Arthritis,spinal stenosis, disc bulges,and something called old age and a bad back. Is there some kind of medication I can ask for to eliminate the pain?
I have thought about applying for a medical Marijuan card. Thanks again.

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I have had 4 back surgeries since Oct. of '02. I use large amounts of oxycontin and oxycodone to manage my pain. There is of course so much negative press about these drugs but when used correctly, for what they are meant for and not for a "high" they are very valuable tools to deal with chronic pain. I still worry about it though, I was afraid of addiction but have been assured that when you are in real pain, these drugs go to the sight of the pain and relieve it...when you are not in pain and you take them recreationally you will definitely form an addiction. All this aside, I went to my dr. to ask about using marijuana instead of these narcotic pain relievers and he warned that marijuana can cause depression. So I gave up on that...funny thing though...chronic pain itself can lead to depression...and dr's don't like to prescribe marijuana. When I first injured my back I was prescribed amitriptyline along with pain meds. for controlling the nerve pain and for help with sleep. I stopped the amitriptyline about three years ago and fell into a deep depression like I'd never known before. I didn't put two and two together at first but after suffering for more than a year with such thoughts of hopelessness and sadness, I resumed taking the amitriptyline that I had left from before. Four to six weeks later and I felt like a new person. I've since quit the amitriptyline...tried trazadone, st. john's wort and now am on effexor. It seems to be working but I must admit I was a little hesitant to say I was taking antidepressants for depression instead of for nerve pain and as a sleep aid. But I'm getting over it...it's just good to not feel hopeless. Sorry for rambling on so much but I hope I may have helped you a little bit. Good luck.

take care,