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Old 09-05-2007, 10:42 PM   #1
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Saw another doc who thinks that becasue of my back discs that some of the pain could be coming from back to legs, although it feels like it goes from the feet to the back. even if it is neropathy he still thinks it is a good idea.
now i have two others say no. has anyone had epidurals for periphial neruopathy?
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Old 09-05-2007, 11:59 PM   #2
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I have heard of 3,no good results for them. Even with back problems i don't
remember anyone having a result that lasted long. Wish I could say yes
for my hands..How are ya doing,can you drive,i'm always wondering
who can drive and who can't...Sometimes i wonder with all the drugs we take if when should be...hmmm watch out PN person coming. Sue
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Old 09-06-2007, 12:10 AM   #3
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i am tired-but my hands are numb, but not dead at all, more in tingling pain-my feet just feel like torture-i wish i couldnt feel them
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Old 09-06-2007, 02:03 AM   #4
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I can't feel from knees down,but got a very bad wound on my leg,i feel
that..I used to wish for my feet to be numb but now i have to be care
full not to fall,when tranfering from chair to walker,or wheelchair,just
can't feel the floor. Now my hands to elbows tingle, fingers,hands on
up across nack and left shoulder...So i don't know,i just be careful what
I wish for,it's tough i know..Sue
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Old 09-06-2007, 07:42 AM   #5
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Steff,

Just wanted to say that I have had an ESI for my leg pain, facet injections and a subsequent RF. They all helped...along with meds of course. But again, mine is more radiculopathy...there is a difference between the two and it is extremely difficult to isolate it. My feet have been on fire before and the cramping in my toes and calves were awful. So, with these injections...it has helped considerably. That is why I think mine is more radiculopathy and NOT PN. Although of course it could be both. When I showed my PM exactly where it was and how it was traveling he told me it was the L5/S1 and also the L4/L5. And, yes, his comments correspond with my MRI report. And I will just say for the record that after these injections the pain is gone. Of course it can come back because the issues are still there. And no surgery is warranted because the discs just aren't bad enough of yet. What your doc is wanting to do is to get the nerves calmed down. So, with the help of meds and injections from TIME to TIME...it is manageable. The rule of thumb is usually no more than 3 injections per year. But it varies also. Whatever you decide is up to you. I am just saying I have had good relief with them and that they are diagnostic as well as therapeutic. Oh, and I had to get the nerves calmed down before I went into pelvic floor PT. It is amazing to me how much that helped with sit pain. But I just wanted to add that I had a sciatic type of pain traveling to my foot as well. When the PT released the Piriformis muscle and got it to stop contracting on the sciatic nerve...that pain totally went away from my left foot.

I do want to ask WHERE is the pain in your feet? Is it all over? Or is it following a specific path? I know it is hard to tell. Sometimes my whole foot is on fire. But when I really isolated it, it was always lateral, the last two toes and the outer sides of my calves. And that DOES correspond with L5/S1.
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