Patient Comments: Radiculopathy - Treatments

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What treatment has been effective for your radiculopathy? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Lucy Lock, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

I am interested to read the various contributions regarding radiculopathy. I had a horrendous time about 10 years ago, I thought I was going crazy. I had unbelievable pain but only at night; it started each evening at 9 pm and ceased at 7:30. During the day I was a bit wonky with walking, but I grew to dread the nights. Finally I got referred to a neurosurgeon who in the end after a lumbar puncture prescribed mega doses of steroids which stopped it. Apparently my blood showed a massive increase in the inflammation index. I also lost about 20 kilos, probably due to the inflammation. I am not sure if this is very helpful, but even the doctors seem to be stumbling around in the dark and I am wondering why the pain should return each night without fail.

Comment from: MarcusV, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 06

Stem cell treatment has been effective for my radiculopathy.

Comment from: KelMM, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I had a microlumbar discectomy in 2014. It left me with right sided radiculopathy. I still have lumbar pain, pain going down both buttocks, and the radiculopathy. My right calf, foot, ankle, and heel are numb; but with pain. Makes no sense, I know. My symptoms have exacerbated in the last several months. Nowhere have I read that major twitching in my right leg is a symptom of this. In addition, since the surgery I have this 'thing' where my calf muscles actually stick out with insane evil pain. Note that when this happens, I scream and hold my face and flop around because there is zilch that can be done to make it stop. My toes now stick also; bilaterally. And the muscle inside my right foot sticks out. Now it does this in my right hamstring. It sticks out and I scream. My surgeon wanted to just place a back stimulator on my spine with an external remote. When I had an EMG due to exacerbation of symptoms, the doctor who did it looked at the results as well as an MRI of last year; and said he would get a second opinion as there are surgical options rather than just throwing a back stimulator at me. Those are basically just for people that nothing can be done for. I have no H-tibial reflex or Achilles tendon reflex. Bilaterally I have fibrillation potentials, polyphasic potentials, increased durational potentials, and increased amplitude potentials. The pain is excruciating. I can do almost nothing. I am getting mad and depressed. The lack of a response from my doctor with any expediency is upsetting. I do have an appointment on 10/12/16. If I do clean the house; vacuum, mop etc., normal things, I pay for it for the next week. I can barely bend over; that sounds funny but pain. And I am on hydrocodone but it sure doesn't help much. It can take the edge off it, but that's it. On a side note, I have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome classical type 1. I have had 4 surgeries in the past 4 years. Both shoulders had full-thickness rotator cuff tears; Hardware in great toe that is going to be taken out; and the back surgery.

Comment from: Evelyn, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 19

I have some pain in left chest when trying to breathe deep. The pericarditis pain is relieved by 400 mg ibuprofen every 4 hours, so far only twice. I had surgery 3 weeks ago to repair a navel hernia. I take 20 mg fluoxetine, 25 mg hydrocodone, 200 mg Feno-Micro, 20 mg atorvastatin, 60mg Mylan – nifedipine extended release and 80 mg valsartan.

Comment from: LORRAINE, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 11

No, radiculopathy doesn't just resolve itself within 6 months. It's a curse of a lifetime. I've been living with this horrible lower back pain and sciatica for 15 years, have had 5 epidurals, and have to take opiates. The federal government is trying to eliminate opiate pain medicines for people like me, because of a few bad apples that overdose. Sadly, I cannot take NSAIDs, so I will be out of luck in the near future when doctors refuse to prescribe Vicodin. Have a nice life.

Comment from: chutloon, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

I am a disabled veteran with radiculopathy of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar. I tried all the treatments available, from steroid injections, "burning" of the nerves, and all types of physical therapy. The best thing that helped me was acupuncture. After my insurance would not pay for any more acupuncture treatments, their only resolve was to keep me on morphine and lyraquel. I would rather have been able to continue the acupuncture indefinitely since they do not want to operate.

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