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Old 04-15-2009, 07:26 PM
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CL, I am so sorry that you are having such a difficult time finding some help for your neck. I am sure that you are beyond frustrated. I hope that you can have some kind of procedure to help with the pain.

Have you asked why they don't want you to have a steroid injection?

If a rhizotomy isn't going to help, then that means that it isn't a specific nerve(s) that is causing problems (or isn't a nerve that is able to be destroyed, some of them are needed of course). A steroid injection would help if it is inflammation that is causing your pain (that is my understanding of how they work). Has the neck doctor told you what he thinks is causing the pain, and why he thinks a steroid injection will help?

I like to understand why they want to do things, if you can't tell.

I'm glad that you were able to hold your grandbaby last night.

46 years old. 12-15 years of intermittent pain, 2 years with constant pain.

DDD, L4-5 and L5-S1, pain confirmed by discogram.
PT, ESI's, Facet injection and block, Acupuncture - all no help.

2-level (Prodisc-L) ADR surgery with Dr. Bertagnoli, May 26, 2009.

Currently taking Opana-ER (tapering off) and oxycodone
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