Posted By CCF Neurology MD:NT on November 18, 1998 at 23:37:41:
In Reply to: back pain posted by craig descamps on November 01, 1998 at 22:17:47:
i have had extremme back pain since 1995 from compression fracture at
L -1 i NEED TO FIND SOMEPLACE THAT CAN HELP,I CANT CONTINUE WITH ONLY MEDS
THEY HAVE CAUSED HIGH BLOOD PRESURE AND CHEST PAIN ,IM VERY DEPRESSED
IVE BEEN IN CONSTRUCTION ALL MY LIFE AND CANT CONTINUE,ALLREADY KNOW ILL CHANGE WORK BUT I STILL HAVE PAIN WITH OUT WORK AND NO SLEEP,I HAVE TO TOSS
AND TURN ALL NIGHT FROM STIFF NESS AND PAIN.
I can understand and sympathise with your troubles. It is rather unusual for back pain fro compressive fracture of a vertebra to be persistent, but this can happen. With your persisting severe pain, I think it may be appropriate to exclude an underlying cause of the fracture, and also to rule out a nerve root compression. nerve root compression and instability may be strong reasons to consider surgery. In case surgery is not deemed necessary, pain control may be achieved not only by analgesics but also by invasive but effective interventions that are performed by specialists in anesthesiology and pain management.
In case you wish to seek a second opinion from a neurosurgeon and a pain expert from the Cleveland Clinic, you may want to call (800)223-2273 for appointments.
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