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Old 11-14-2006, 06:00 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by michelen View Post
What works for you?
Different things at different times, unfortunately. For a while I was on a witch’s brew of meds, including NSAIDs, Tylenol, neurontin, Percoset, tramadol, and I forget what else. Just keeping track of which to take when made me crazy, and neurontin and tramadol made my mind fuzzy, which I really hated. So I dumped most of them and have been taking 8-hour Tylenol at night and regular Tylenol if needed during the day.

Besides oral meds, I get lumbar facet joint injections of cortisone every three or four months. It helps me, though not everyone. It may depend on the quality of the administration, or it may just be the vagaries of back problems. Physical therapy has been helpful.

But the one thing I have learned through this saga, nothing works for everyone, and nothing works all the time.

Anyway, I was having a sort of sciatica honeymoon, it seems. It ended last week and now I have added ibuprofen again, without great success. I fear something has shifted in my back, changing the pattern I was used to. Seeing my back doctor today, see what he can see, and what he recommends.

I also have knee problems, and saw that doctor yesterday. He wants me to try Celebrex, so guess I will. Beyond that, he plans to inject lubricant (like SynVisc). Although it is temporary, I am looking forward to that.

I also have trouble walking and standing for more than a few minutes. I sleep in a recliner, tricked out like a Rube Goldberg device, with pillows and pads and other cushioning, so I can lie sort of on my left side. Not great, but at least I avoid the agonizing process of getting in and out of bed.

By the way, in general I find cold works better than heat. If you have been trying heating pads without much success, try one of those inexpensive pads (really a stitched bag of pellets that can be heated or cooled) from the drugstore. I keep it in the freezer, and find it helps a lot for pain. Main drawback is that it doesn’t last too long — need a bigger freezer, keep stacks of them in there! <g>

Dratted backs! Why did human beings have to stand up, anyway? We could have learned to write with a pen in our mouths, surely? <g>

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