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A 46-year-old female asked:

Waiting 3 weeks til alif on s1-l4. back pain ok on vicodin; numbness, tingling, cold feet, etc horrible at times. anything to do to help until surgery?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Nauropathic pain: These are all symptoms of neuropathic pain (pain arising from a damaged nerve). Specific medications such as gabapentin, pre-gabalin etc are very helpful.
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Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Provided original answer
Spinal cord stimulator is an excellent choice for pain after surgery for a long term relief. Some insurances may not cover it though.
May 31, 2013
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Consider ESI: Call you doc and see if you can get an epidural steroid injection. This can stifle the symptoms until surgery and minimize your need for nsaids (which you cannot take due to bleeding complications prior to surgery) and narcotics. Ice/heat fine, but don't use rubs or patches as they may cause skin reaction necessitating surgery to be canceled.
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Last updated Jan 13, 2015

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