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4 months 9 hours ago #28281 by Cin
Cin replied the topic: Introduce Yourself Here.....
Hi there everyone,
I’m new to this site and just wanted to get some valuable opinions from you all.

I was diagnosed with Degenerative Disk Disease about 7 years ago and I have been to many GP’s over the years without anyone really helping except to hand me a script.

Just last week I found a new GP who has actually done something for me and sent me for a new CT scan, which showed a broad based disk bulge at L4/5 and also a mild disk bulge at L5/S1 along with canal stenosis.

My Gp has sent me to PT and also prescribed Targin, I am also currently on Lyrica as well.

Should I be asking to see a Neurologist ?
Or should I just do the PT for now and see where the GP will take it after I have finished with the physiotherapist, As I get four sessions.

Your opinions are greatly appreciated

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4 months 6 hours ago #28282 by Johnno
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Hi Cin,

I am like you I have lumbar spondylosis and disc degeneration L3/4;L4/5 & L5/S1 I have put up with back pain for over 35 years ,I’m from the school of take a panadol and you won’t feel it hmmf you end up paying for it ,all the things we did as youngsters carrying stuff and not having WHS so you didn’t know and as your spine is still young it doesn’t like the overload.
Anyhow mine hit me real bad approx 5+ years ago I was in the corner crying at the end of the week so I made the decision to retire in a way .
Specialist wise I would be asking to see a nuerosurgeon as that is their field now depending where you live someone on here could give you the name of who they have used and if they are satisfied.
We can only PM (private message) you the details sorry as posting any names is frowned upon.

Johnno

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4 months 6 hours ago #28283 by Duchess Dolly
Duchess Dolly replied the topic: Introduce Yourself Here.....
Hi Cin.......i have been taking both those pain meds for years and i have done the Neurologist myself....in Brisbane......i got a stimulator put in my lower back.....not sure how much help it gives me...but yours is different to mine i had a fusion 6 years ago and the nerves in my back have not been the same......Good luck....i would stick to the GP for a while because anything with nerves....i have mine forever the nerve pain.

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4 months 5 hours ago #28284 by Johnno
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Hey Cin ,
Neurologist is a specialist in nerve pain
Nuerosurgeon is a surgeon who specialises in the spine,brain and nervous system.
If you have bulging disc there is keyhole surgery to fix this my son had L3/4 bulging and prolapsed they had him in for day surgery keyholes in did a small debridement and realigned it all ,now I’m not saying this is your fix .
But I do implore you to see a bloody good nuerosurgeon as I said I’m in Brissie and I know one of the top three in Qld who did a Anterior cervical discectomy with fusion (remove the disc between c5/6 insert a cage and then fusion now I was lucky as if I hadn’t had this done I’d probably be a quadriplegic now she did an MRI & CT with radiation on my full spine when she looked at the film she said wow you have a lot of stuff going on in the lumbar and due to mine crumbling she won’t do anything surgically yet I’m too young
Like you I’m also on a wide range of medication
Lyrica 300mg twice a day
Endep 200mg nightly
Sertraline 200 mg morning
OxyContin 10mg nightly
Circadin 2tabs nightly
Panadol osteo 2 x 3 times a day
Endone for break through painwhich I can use ontop of the existing medication
I also have a curcumin tablet in the morning and a teaspoon of turmeric in my cider vinegar and honey for inflammation .
Due to the medication I see my GP each fortnight , The downward spiral I’ve been on with this and trying to adjust I also see a psychologist monthly.
I have Physio twice a week all gentle massaging I do upper body exercise I can’t do lower I am severely restricted pain wise in how far I can walk 30m and I have to stop and rest so life is crap I’m just glad I’m not a lady (a woman who couldn’t shop a crime)
I had to stop work due to the spinal issues under DRs ,psych & and Surgeons orders two plus years ago

Johnno

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4 months 5 hours ago - 3 months 4 weeks ago #28285 by Johnno
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Hey Duchess,

We are having a coffee club meet at The hyperdome on the 6th February at 11am if you want to come or if you need a lift give us a yell I’m in Forest Lake so could pick you up on the Southside

Johnno
Sorry my mistake duchess it’s at the hyperdome coffee club on the 6th February thanks Jo. too many medications

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4 months 4 hours ago #28286 by Cin
Cin replied the topic: Introduce Yourself Here.....
Wow!
Thanks so much for all the info, I wasn’t sure what steps to take next or who I should see.
You have given me so much valuable information, I really appreciate it.
It’s been so long that I’ve been dealing with this that I honestly didn’t know where else to turn.
Thanks Johnno

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