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myree
01-25-2008, 01:22 PM
Hi everyone,
I had my surgery in October 2007. The doc says that everything is healing well....but my sciatica has returned on the left side, sneezing and coughing very painful and I'm also having a lot of neck and shoulder pain and stiffness.
the doc has started me on lodine, but it kills my stomach. So now he has prescribed nexium 40 mg to take with the lodine. The doc says that I'm just doing to much and that it has only been 3 months since the surgery. Anyone know anything that might help. I can't even do lite housework or shave my legs without paying for it. :(

Susie*Bee
01-25-2008, 04:33 PM
Myree--I'm sorry you are having those problems. :( Are you still taking any pain medication? Hopefully this new bout of medicine will help you. I'm not familiar with taking iodine, so don't know much about that... I just remember as a kid getting "painted" with iodine for little cuts and that it stung and was a funny color.

If your doctor thinks you are on track, except that you are pushing what you can do a little, that's good news. Hold off on the housework, even if it bothers you to see a little dust/dirt, etc. Maybe you can host a dustball party and invite a few friends over for a house cleaning event. ;) I recently heard a tale of an older (and funny) lady who had invited people over to play some games. The main one was to see who could get the longest peel (no tearing) off an apple. When the "game" was over, all her apples had been peeled... :D No one realized ahead of time that was her main objective! :rolleyes:

I hope things start looking a little more "up" to you soon.

Geish
01-25-2008, 04:39 PM
Be careful of the Lodine. It can build up in your liver very easily. Make sure your Dr runs liver enzymes blood tests to check this every few months. It can cause severe liver damage. My ALT and AST elevated in about 2 months but wasn't caught for almost 5 months and then only because I was extremely fatigued.

Susie*Bee
01-25-2008, 05:02 PM
Thanks for posting that, Geish. i was really confused (and you could tell!) about taking "Iodine" as a med--makes sense that it is something called Lodine. Some of us just don't have much drug savvy... :o

Geish
01-25-2008, 05:23 PM
LOL I only knew what it was because I have taken it and gotten sick from it! Because of Lodine I have be careful with any anti-inflammatory I take now. I really worry about liver damage.

Susie*Bee
01-25-2008, 05:53 PM
I worry some about that too, but it seems like all the arthritis meds have either been recalled or have warnings. I went through several that way. My family doctor said not to worry too much about it, but.. hopefully the one I'm taking now won't cause me any probs---diclofenac (generic for Voltaren). I guess time will tell. :confused:

SusanGP
01-26-2008, 11:20 PM
I just read the Lodine post and just had to reply. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 15 and have taken so many anti-inflamatories I think everything that is wrong with me is related to some former medication. I have had good luck with Lodine though. I have taken it for over 10 years now, but I do have to take Zantac for my stomach, along with the Lodine. My liver has been fine and the Lodine helped with the pain (The only anti-inflamatory that ever helped). I had to stop the Lodine for my scoli surgery in October, 2007 and have not gone back on it and don't think I will. I take so many meds for various reasons that it is wonderful to get rid of just one.

Good luck with your tests and pain control. Take care all, Susan

SusanGP
01-26-2008, 11:23 PM
Myree, my husband is calling for me so didn't finish my post. Just wanted to let you know that I have the problem of doing too much or dropping something and trying to pick it up and then paying for it. I got so tired of looking at the dirt I even tried to vacumm a couple of days ago. I am still scared of what I might have done. Gotta go, just wanted to say I understand what you are going through. Susan

Geish
01-27-2008, 09:40 AM
I just read the Lodine post and just had to reply. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 15 and have taken so many anti-inflamatories I think everything that is wrong with me is related to some former medication. I have had good luck with Lodine though. I have taken it for over 10 years now, but I do have to take Zantac for my stomach, along with the Lodine. My liver has been fine and the Lodine helped with the pain (The only anti-inflamatory that ever helped). I had to stop the Lodine for my scoli surgery in October, 2007 and have not gone back on it and don't think I will. I take so many meds for various reasons that it is wonderful to get rid of just one.

Good luck with your tests and pain control. Take care all, Susan

I wasn't saying that Lodine won't work, only to be careful. I was one of the lucky ones that took Vioxx successfully for 5 years. When they pulled it off the market I had trouble finding a replacement because I have allergies to sulfa. I couldn't take any of the other wonder drugs because of that. I was given naprosyn but it did nothing. The Lodine worked well except for that troubling little problem of building up in my liver and making me so ill. Personally I wish Vioxx would come back on the market, at least for those that it worked well for, it really helped me and I miss it!

myree
01-27-2008, 09:48 AM
Thank you all...I know I shouldn't push myself, but I just can't stand not being able to do what I used to do...

The only pain meds he has me on now is the Lodine, it helps but I'm still hurting.
My surgery was on the L5 S1 and it took 4 years (at least) to get my regular doc to send me to a specialist. When he saw the MRI, he said I shouldn't be walking at all. I have scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, osteoarthiritis and most likely rheumatoid arthiritis too, and I'm only 36.

I'm just very disgusted with doctors that have none of these problems and no clue how I feel...how do I get them to understand how this is affecting my life.

I used to be very active and I find that I'm becoming very depressed.
I miss working...I was a doctors office manager before this...but now I can't sit or stand for long , no bending, twisting or lifting...
what work can I do???
and the whole disability processes is intimidating....
:(

trulyaries
01-27-2008, 11:05 AM
Geish - I miss Vioxx too. It worked wonderfully for me. Most medications I have tried since have side effects, or I developed an allergy to them, or they don't do anything at all.

Myree - I'm right there with you. I miss work too, and when it comes to being active, if you were here I could demonstrate for you how my friends/colleagues do their impressions of me. Picture this: short, chubby person, head down, fists clenched, bending forward, feet churning, running from one end to the other, never stopping. It was hysterically funny, even if it was at my expense!
I'm off work for two years now. I was finally making what I thought was an enormous amount of money, and figured I would continue working until my official retirement age, pay off any bills I still had, then retire and travel, travel, travel. Well, I can kiss that **** goodbye. I still think I will eventually be able to go back to work, but it will have to be something different. My previous career was too stressful and too physically demanding.

I think your doc is right that you are trying to do too much. The L5-S1 is the toughest area of the spine to "fix" and three months is too soon to expect complete recovery. I'm heading into my 4th surgery next month for additional surgery at L5-S1. Believe me, you are not alone on this forum in having trouble being inactive and having to ask for help. But you need to take whatever steps necessary to get yourself through this and to heal properly. The physical limitations you have now won't last forever. You are still young and time is on your side.

Good luck and please try not to be too hard on yourself (or your doctors!) ;)

SusanGP
01-27-2008, 01:29 PM
Geish, Believe me I'm not pushing Lodine - we all have different bodies and react differently to each medication. We must all be careful with these drugs. I have been allergic to so many that I felt lucky when Lodine did work and no noticeable side affects (note the noticeable).

Myree, you sound just like I feel with not being able to do the things I used to be able to do. The absolutely most horrible problem I have right now as far as dressing myself is that I have severe leg vein problems and have to wear support hose. Well, I can't put my own shoes on let alone support hose. My husband has to do it for me before he leaves for work. He says he doesn't mind, but it is such an ordeal each day - he minds alright! I can't wait to find something to help. I think I have every tool they make and so far nothing works.

Talking about disability and stupid people. I mean myself with the STUPID. I filed for SS Disability in 1994, took it all the way to Federal Judge. I was denied, told I could find a job of some type that would allow me to lie down and rest periodically, etc., etc., what a joke. Anyway I started my own home-based business, secretarial services, medical transcription, and bulk mailing service. I worked harder than I ever had in my life. The business grew, I had two employees, made money but had too much overhead and did not pay in to Social Security for myself for ten years. Now I do not have enough quarters in to qualify for disability and definitely can't work. When I have recouperated (in a few months I hope) enough I will try to find any kind of job to add to the household income to help. I too, get very depressed, then I have to remember to be thankful for the blessings that I do have. It is hard, but us scoli people are strong - we have to be don't we... Anyway, keep the faith and this forum is a great help too!! Hang in there,
Susan

crepehanger
01-28-2008, 12:56 PM
Are you using a bone stimulator? They work miracles for the healing of your lower lumbar and S-1 fusion. I had a friend tell me her pain was eliminated after her doctor put her on hers to heal the failed fusion. I am not implying have a failed fusion, but sometimes they don't heal as fast as the other fusions. I am so sorry you're having these difficulties, sweetie...Hang in there...