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Done discectomy, laminectomy with cortisone shots. Electric current sensation. Tried gabapentin, lyrica. Suggestions?

This web page came up when I Googled "sacrum electric current sensation." So far, I have had two discectomy/laminectomy procedures on my L4-L5, cortisone shots at same, and cortisone shots at L5-S1. This has all been within the last year and a half, most recent cortisone shots about a week ago. In addition to situational pain, there is a constant electric current sensation moving from my lower back through both legs, causing me to constantly move. It doesn't matter if I'm standing, driving, laying on the couch, sleeping, whatever. I constantly move. Gabapentin did not work for me, I'm now on Lyrica and it does not seem to be making a dent, either. Any suggestions? My employment is in jeopardy with these back issues!!
Asked On : Thu, 25 Apr 2013
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

It is unfortunate to note that your symptoms have not improved despite surgery, epidural injections and taking pregabalin/gabapentin.

At this point, you could take a combination of duloxetine and pramipexole for help.

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: Thu, 25 Apr 2013
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Cardiologist Dr. Anantharamakrishnan's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

It is likely that irritation of the nerve root is still present?
Nerve Conduction Studies and ElectroMyoGram (EMG) / as also repeating the MRI of the spine may help...
Valproate may help some - discuss with your neurologist
A second opinion may also be helpful...

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Thu, 25 Apr 2013
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