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    Posted: Oct/13/2016 at 3:31pm
I have been having possibly some allergic symptoms lately and nothing Otc helps. Every time I sneeze or cough pain shoots down both legs. I hate sciatic pain. I know what it is. I have an appointment with my pcp Monday so I hope she can help. I am just feeling sorry for myself as it has been worse today. I also don't dare walk at all without my crutches as if I sneeze while walking or standing both legs go out. I fell 2 days ago like that. Fall didn't cause injury as I was in front of my couch and landed mostly there. Thank God for a soft landing. I have to pick my oldest grandson up at school after choir practice today and have not had pain meds for hours now. At least that is soon so I have a chance to take something in the next couple of hours. I am really glad I have stayed with medication I can hold off so I can do what I need to do since their mom works evening shift. Monday I have a doctor's appointment and later his choir concert. It will be a long painful day since I don't drive medicated. I am probably safe since on same dose Norco for 2 years but don't want to endanger others.
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Nene---

I can't remember off hand your problem, but of course pain down the leg(s) with coughing and sneezing is indicative of spinal nerve compression.

While pain meds help, they aren't the ultimate answer in fixing a problem that is causing falls which can be so dangerous as we age. Have you not seen a surgeon for an opinion?

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I am so glad you didn't hurt yourself too badly on your fall. It is so scary. You will have to be extra careful to prevent further falls. It is a very good idea not to take chances while medicated. I do the same, as I also have problems falling because of problems with my knees, and can fall down very easily.

It is very nice of you of you to help with your grand child even when you are having these problems. Good luck with your appointment on Monday...Edie
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I swear I thought my info was at the bottom of the page. I have ddd, spinal stenosis, buldging/herniated discs. I cannot have surgery (was planning a visit to surgeon) as I had a massive heart attack a bit over 4 months ago. I am high risk and no one will touch me right now. Not able to have anymore epidural steroid injections as I am on a medication that can cause bleeding. I am kinda stuck between a rock and a hard place. I know the pain is from nerve compression. I have ongoing pain from that. It gets worse when coughing or sneezing. I am just being a lot more careful.
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Nene----

I do remember now, and you are in a bad position.

Have you tried a TENS unit? Check with your Cardiologist first, but that gives some people some relief---and could be used when you can't take pain meds:)

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Stevie, I have tried tens and acupuncture with no help. Ice makes things worse. Heat does help but is limited. I started on lyrica (stuff expensive even with insurance). It left me super dizzy. I decided to use the night pill only for a while. Much less dizziness and helps the burning, electric pain going down my legs. I still have lots of pain but I am afraid I am stuck with this. It has been over 2 years and cardiologist says no chance of stopping the Brilanta that keeps my platelets from clumping for at least a year. He says he will discuss it after a year but not to plan on it. Oh well.
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Lyrica is a wonderful drug for neuropathic pain, but in many cases (such as myself), needs to be started on very small doses. I found after a time I could tolerate 25mg during the day and more at night. The cost became too much for me and I did stop it after my last fusion when it wasn't needed any longer.

The only thing I can recommend is to continue trying it in tiny doses and don't give up on the TENS. Things that don't work at first CAN work later. If you are being told to wait for an extended period of time for surgery, you risk permanent nerve damage and then it becomes pointless.

So continued effort into every other option is necessary. I'd invest in a heated mattress pad (can't do without mine) and a good quality zero gravity chair. Check out Relax the Back. My chairs are over 10 years old and look like new. It was an investment worth every dollar.

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