Hello group, what a great resource to find. I'm here on behalf of my 61 year old father, who has lived through hell and back.
At 24 years old, he was hit by a drunk driver. Two years later, the same thing happened, but was worse. (Talk about bad luck!)
Long story short, he's had a grand total of 12 back surgeries and is fused from L1 to S1. His pain management is no longer working, however consists of the following:
1. Pain meds:
Oxy, fentanyl patches (250 micrograms every 48 hours), 6000 mg gabapentin throughout the day, celebrex, and others that I know I'm neglecting to mention.
Radiofrequency, facet joint, cortisone, epidural blocks
3. He has a spinal cord stimulator
Hmmm.. that's all I can think of currently. He's topped on narcotics, he is the highest dose patient that his pain MD currently has. He gets injections frequently but they only last a matter of days. The stimulator helps with his leg pain, but not back pain. He's losing some control of bladder function, but mainly, his pain in unbearable.
Anyone out there have a case this extreme? I'm not sure if there are any other options. He's very reluctant to go back under the knife again, however knows the stenosis is reaching a critical point.
He now takes Provigil so he can stay awake because his gabapentin dose would tranquilize a horse.
I believe clinical depression is starting to work it's way into his life, and I need to reach out to people to see if anyone has alternative pain therapy experience or ideas.
Thanks everyone! And hang in there, chronic pain WILL be beat eventually.