new member / first post- so bear with me here:
Having had a L-4-5 discectomy followed by a fusion on same, and finding I am still in constant significant pain, I find I've joined many others in similar situation, and wondering where do we go from here. Six years ago I was out of state on a job and my on-going back pain escalated to such an extreme degree that I could no longer walk, and needed to be put into a wheel chair for return home and taken into ER where it was determined that I needed to be operated on immed due to herniated / degenerative disc. Discectomy gave good relief ( about 75% reduction in pain and return to mobility) for about a year then symptoms returned and fusion was indicated. Again, partial relief, but lingering pain is struggle and is not being relieved by any of the procedures we have tried: phys rehab of course, epidurals, nerve blocks etc. I was led to believe ( or at least wanted to believe ) surgery would fix everything, which of course is not realistic I guess, and I am very thankful that I can walk about without issue and am mobile. However, the constant pain and trying various pain medications is a long and difficult path. I am currently taking a extended release dosage of 30mg Morphine as well as 4 10/325 doses of Percoden daily with Aleve, heating pads etc in attempt to keep pain at tolerable levels. This protocol seems effective until recently when it pain is getting very bad again and that my system is getting used to this dose - will need to either increase it or hopefully keep dose same and with the medication to fool body into thinking its something else. Another issue is that even though I have been taught to use better body mechanics, as soon as I find myself feeling better, sure enough I will do something which I shouldn't, and will suffer greatly increased pain. All this coupled with stigma of ongoing use of some very powerful dose's of narcotics that are at best just keeping pain within tolerable levels leaves me very frustrated and depressed. AS many know constant pain can tend to beat you up and leave you feeling not only defeated, but quality of life is greatly reduced. All that being said, so many other people are in much worse situations that I remain humble and thankful that it is not worse. Anyone in similar straits ?