This health video looks into the different ways that are available to help sooth back pain.
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Jennifer Matthews: Amy Davis knows two speeds, fast and faster. Amy Davis: I'm always busy. I dance. I work two jobs. I stand on my feet approximately five hours a day at my second job. Jennifer Matthews: Two years ago, a back injury put a temporary stop to Amy's 60 hour work weeks. Amy Davis: I tried to lift the little portable refrigerator. I lifted the wrong way, and I just had this excruciating back pain. Jennifer Matthews: She had pinched her sciatic nerve, a nerve that runs from the lower back to the legs and feet. Dr. Ghazala Hayat says, "Finding the right medication to ease the pain is not easy." Ghazala Hayat: We're going from one medicine to another medicine, kind of hoping that one will work for this patient or next patient. Jennifer Matthews: She hopes the anti-seizure drug trileptal will end the guesswork. Seizure drugs have been used to treat other pain conditions, but now researchers are studying them for back pain. The drug decreases pain by reducing the activity of injured nerve fibers, the same activity that causes seizures. It could offer relief to many back pain sufferers. Ghazala Hayat: Once the pain is relieved, even if the condition itself is not relieved, you'll see the patient's quality of life improve. Jennifer Matthews: It took six months of physical therapy for Amy to get relief, but she says she would have jumped at the chance to participate in a trial like this. Amy Davis: The pain was just terrible. I mean I would have taken anything almost to alleviate the pain. Jennifer Matthews: Finally, pain-free, she's once again back in the driver's seat. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.