Patient Comments: Radiculopathy - Treatments

What treatment has been effective for your radiculopathy?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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