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Old 05-26-2008, 11:13 PM
 
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Another thread just reminded me of essential oils.
You can either mix yourself or buy pre mixed for all sorts of things. They do have special pain blends.
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Old 05-27-2008, 08:21 PM
 
Location: London UK & Florida USA
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acetominophen is called paracetamol or panadol in the UK. It is a good pain killer and is very effective to bring down fevers. The only problem is that too much can damage the liver. Taken every fours hours is normally ok but users must be careful not to take other mecications that may contain acetominophen or paracetamol. I didn't realise that this was in backaide and i'll look on the box next week when i'm in America. Did you say you were allergic to acetominophen skitow?
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Old 05-27-2008, 09:17 PM
 
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acetominophen is called paracetamol or panadol in the UK. It is a good pain killer and is very effective to bring down fevers. The only problem is that too much can damage the liver. Taken every fours hours is normally ok but users must be careful not to take other mecications that may contain acetominophen or paracetamol. I didn't realise that this was in backaide and i'll look on the box next week when i'm in America. Did you say you were allergic to acetominophen skitow?
Hi geeoro. I really didn't state my last post to you accurately. Backaid, Tylenol, panadol and many others are BRAND NAMES. The active ingredient in all of them is acetominophen. No, I am not allergic, but acetominophen has no effect on me. Take care, skitow.
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Old 05-27-2008, 09:29 PM
 
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Hi TAO. Are you still watching? How are you doing?
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Old 05-29-2008, 11:59 AM
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Location: Colorado
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I'm feeling a lot better. My brace comes off in one week and I can't wait! I'm being very careful and plan to take it easy for at least 6 months. I work from home so I have the luxury of being able to take it easy. My #1 priority now is getting my health back. The last two years of my life have been hell but I finally feel like I've turned the corner. I'm about 90-95% pain-free though I still have twinges down my leg sometimes but it's nothing compared to what it was before the surgery. I had a lot of scar tissue and some nerve damage though from the disc pushing up against the nerve branch for so long so I guess the twinges are to be expected. I was told that my nerves are regenerating. Next week I see the surgeon for hopefully the last time then I will presumably start light physical therapy.

My heart goes out to you for what you're going through. I've spent two years in health hell and in constant pain (first from a very diseased gallbladder which required two surgeries) and then my back gave out permanently after the surgery where they removed my gallbladder (before that my back would go out for a couple of weeks then get better but after the surgery my disc went out further - probably from using my back to compensate for not using my stomach muscles to get up and down) and the pain became permanent. Just two years of that kind of pain was enough for me to feel suicidal - the combination of meds certainly exacerbated my deteriorating state of mind though. I can't imagine what you're going through. You are to be commended for your courage to endure such a nightmare.

I'm so sorry that your pain is so unbearable and that you feel the situation is hopeless. But please don't give up. Science and medicine are always evolving and maybe in the next few years new techniques will be discovered that can help you. In the meantime definitely try accupuncture - I've heard it really helps and I plan on trying it myself in the next few weeks. Also massage therapy. It might not cure your pain but it will help alleviate it for a little while, at least it did for me. I wish you the best and hope you can find something to help you.
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Old 05-29-2008, 12:54 PM
 
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I'm feeling a lot better. My brace comes off in one week and I can't wait! I'm being very careful and plan to take it easy for at least 6 months. I work from home so I have the luxury of being able to take it easy. My #1 priority now is getting my health back. The last two years of my life have been hell but I finally feel like I've turned the corner. I'm about 90-95% pain-free though I still have twinges down my leg sometimes but it's nothing compared to what it was before the surgery. I had a lot of scar tissue and some nerve damage though from the disc pushing up against the nerve branch for so long so I guess the twinges are to be expected. I was told that my nerves are regenerating. Next week I see the surgeon for hopefully the last time then I will presumably start light physical therapy.

My heart goes out to you for what you're going through. I've spent two years in health hell and in constant pain (first from a very diseased gallbladder which required two surgeries) and then my back gave out permanently after the surgery where they removed my gallbladder (before that my back would go out for a couple of weeks then get better but after the surgery my disc went out further - probably from using my back to compensate for not using my stomach muscles to get up and down) and the pain became permanent. Just two years of that kind of pain was enough for me to feel suicidal - the combination of meds certainly exacerbated my deteriorating state of mind though. I can't imagine what you're going through. You are to be commended for your courage to endure such a nightmare.

I'm so sorry that your pain is so unbearable and that you feel the situation is hopeless. But please don't give up. Science and medicine are always evolving and maybe in the next few years new techniques will be discovered that can help you. In the meantime definitely try accupuncture - I've heard it really helps and I plan on trying it myself in the next few weeks. Also massage therapy. It might not cure your pain but it will help alleviate it for a little while, at least it did for me. I wish you the best and hope you can find something to help you.
Hi tao. I'm so glad that things are looking up for you. I have to admit that I had the same thoughts. Just put an end to it. I was fighting as hard as I could. Then I had a stroke. At least strokes don't hurt. It took me about 2 years to learn how to walk and talk again. I consider myself lucky, It could have been worse...I do have a back massager I lean against that really feels good on my back muscles. I don't know how yours are. Mine are stiff as steel. You know when you get injured, your body will try to protect the injury.My spine is injured, so my back muscles compensate for it by going into overdrive. Been that way since I was 23. I'm 60 now. Allright already, enough is enough LOL. Just a suggestion, if I may. I tried 4 different beds right after my last surgery. I swear by the Select Comfort sleep number bed. I switch bed firmness all the time, depending on how I feel when I hit the sack...Thats one of the main things one of my specialists told me. Also never sit on a wallet because it ***** your spine off at an angle. I don't mean to sound like I am lecturing to you. These are things Iv'e been told to do that work for me. Try a soft pillow between your knees when in bed. It keeps your spine alinged. I also have done this since I was 23. I can't sleep without it. Well, I can't sleep anyway. Just a few here and there. I watch back surgery all the time on medical tv. They are making improvements. They are getting closer to a replacement disc that will last and not slip out. By the time they get it right, I'll be pushing up daisys. If it weren't for my lady friend, I don't know what I'd do. I hope you have a good support system. I'm glad your not rushing back to work. You're on your way. Best to you, skitow.
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Old 05-30-2008, 05:36 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Hi Greatday. I have seen FIVE doctors. 3 mri's, 2 ct scans, and a zillion x rays. Plus a chiropractor and physical therapy. Oh, forgot, 2 milograms. I had my fill. It all comes back to the same diagnosis. I'm screwed. Have a Greatday.

You need to find a doctor that will work with you to get you meds that at least take the edge off.

Maybe making a list like I did? Perhaps someone can suggest something?

You can also try a pump. I went in for a trial for a few days in November but was not successful.

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They are getting closer to a replacement disc that will last and not slip out. By the time they get it right, I'll be pushing up daisys. If it weren't for my lady friend, I don't know what I'd do. I hope you have a good support system. I'm glad your not rushing back to work. You're on your way. Best to you, skitow.
Did you look at the link I left for ADR?
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Old 05-30-2008, 12:52 PM
 
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You need to find a doctor that will work with you to get you meds that at least take the edge off.

Maybe making a list like I did? Perhaps someone can suggest something?

You can also try a pump. I went in for a trial for a few days in November but was not successful.



Did you look at the link I left for ADR?
Hi Roselvr. I have been to five doctors total after my last surgery. Four of these doctors perscibed different meds for me. The problem is not finding a med that will work for me. Many do work. The problem is my body rejects most meds. I'm allergic to most everything. That was my intent when I started this thread was to get suggestions from other people like me. I have a few new meds now from posters that I haven't tried yet. I will try all the suggestions from posters and all the good people such as yourself. That doesn't sound right. You're ALL Great people for helping me out. I do have a list for my doctor. Next week, I promise you I will be seeing her. She is NOT the moron that operated on me. I dumped him shortly after my surgery. I went for PT, and the therapist suggested a different surgeon to me. I saw your post about the pump. I have done so much research about the morphene pump, it scares me off. Plus the fact that I am allergic to morphene. Can you believe that???. I had surgery on a friday, and left monday morning with an eight inch cut in my back, and hives all over me from the morphene they had injected in me. I told them before surgery not to give me morphene. I woke up in recovery with a guy injecting me with that junk. Shortly after, I broke out in a rash. I left the hospital so soon because I couldn't get any sleep. They kept letting one person go, then bring in another. That was a tough ride home. Every bump was a WOWEE. Hope you are doing okay. I'm going to backtrack here and re-read your posts. Bye,skitow.
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Old 05-30-2008, 04:30 PM
 
Location: ATL suburb
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OP, when you say you're allergic to the meds, do you mean anaphylactic shock (systemic allergy) or that you break out in hives, itch, have localized redness, etc?
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:18 PM
 
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OP, when you say you're allergic to the meds, do you mean anaphylactic shock (systemic allergy) or that you break out in hives, itch, have localized redness, etc?
Hi. I get hives and itch big time. The pharmacist suggested Benadryl but that does nothing. Only a wipe down with a wet towel will stop the itch.
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