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Nov 2, 2016 · Really worried in Brain Tumor

@robinahoney Any update? My husband had terrible headaches, which turned out to be a pituitary tumor resting on his optic nerve. Noone could find out why the headaches until he went to the eye doctor, and he discovered the tumor. Praying you find relief soon!

Nov 2, 2016 · Facet Joint Injections - Anyone had success? in Spine Health

I’ve had 1 round of the injections (total 3) and 1 radio-frequency ablation on 1 side. The ablation (about 3 weeks ago) seems to have helped. I’m told that I will need to go back and do to the other side for complete relief. The good thing is that as the nerves continue to die the pain will be eliminated (HOPEFULLY). It is VERY hard to maintain a normal lifestyle while trying to cope with this chronic excruciating pain. The opiods only dull it, and i’m actually tired of taking them, but it’s my only brief relief, so that I can sleep. I’m truly hoping the ablation on the other side will be my save-all. Fingers crossed! 🙂

Aug 30, 2016 · Epidural Injections in Spine Health

thanks for the info. I too am one who meds don’t typically work well on. Not sure what that’s about. Thanks for sharing your experience, and good luck going forward. Keep me posted to your progress. ShellsK24

Aug 29, 2016 · Epidural Injections in Spine Health

After excruciating pain for the past 2 years, (it feels like i’m carrying a bowling ball that’s on fire on my lower back) I finally saw a pain doctor in May and have had 2 rounds of facet spinal injections in the last 3 months by my pain dr/anesthesiologist that uses the flouroscopy in an OR setting. It has only helped bring my pain level down maybe 1 point. The next step that my doctor recommends is RFA (Radiofrequency Ablation), which I hear should probably take much better and give me a little more relief. I’m not too optimistic at this point, but I know I should try to think more positive. In the meantime i’m on 2-3 norco per day (except when i’m working), which helps dull the pain. I get down every now and then, because I feel like this chronic pain has literally taken over my life. Not able to exercise, or walk more than 5-10 mins at a time has made me gain 25+ pounds which is depressing in itself. I’m just starting yoga and a few other at home exercises to start regaining control of my life again (hopefully). I just literally try to work thru the pain and stretch more lately.

Aug 24, 2016 · Facet Joint Injections - Anyone had success? in Spine Health

For those that are on the patch and the pill, are you still able to work and function with other daily activities, or does it take away all of your energy? I am currently on opoid medication, but am considering inquiring with my doctor about the patch. Just wondering if I am able to work full time, otherwise I won’t bother. @deefl

Aug 22, 2016 · Husband with early Alzheimers -question in Caregivers: Dementia

Yes we found Namenda had little or no relief. His moods began to change and he became more aggressive, but in actuality we aren’t sure if it was the meds or if it was the disease and symptoms transitioning. Unfortunately to me so much of the meds for Alz patients is trial and error because the disease is so complicated.

Aug 15, 2016 · Facet Joint Injections - Anyone had success? in Spine Health

Hi @sandytoes14
Thanks for the information. I am due to have the RFA in a few weeks. I’m hoping I get some kind of relief. It is mind blowing that nothing is seeming to help. Fingers crossed!

Aug 2, 2016 · Severe scoliosis with massive degeneration in Spine Health

Hi Stephen @062291 Does the Aleve work for you and your pain level? Have you opted out of prescription pain meds? Just curious because i’ve heard that certain forms of scoliosis is very painful. Take care.