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Pain in the lower back. Have disc degeneration. Discectomy of the vertebrae done. On morphine. Treatment options?

I have degeneration of the spine and several years previuosly have to have a discectomy of the c6/c7 vertebrae. The pain is now in my lower back and a MRI has shown increasing damage to c3/c4 and I have a lot of pain in the dowagers hump area. I am on morphine mst granules twice daily plus cocodal, tramadol and oramorph for the pain. I walk with crutches and my consultant sees me when I moan but does nothing. What more can I do?
Asked On : Wed, 21 Nov 2012
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013
Thank you for posting your query.

It is unfortunate that you have suffered from pain for several years, are disabled, and despite this, no definite treatment plan is told to you.

At present, you are on various pain killers, but taking neuropathic pain medications may be more helpful, as the pain in your case may be due to pinched nerves in the neck and lower back regions.

These medications include pregabalin and gabapentin capsules.

You may also discuss about the possibility of epidural injections and surgery with your consultant.

I hope it helps.

Please get back if you require any additional information.

Best wishes,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad,
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Answered: Sat, 23 Nov 2013
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