Good afternoon. It's Super Bowl Sunday, I'm lying in bed with a growing amount of pain because I have run out of meds and I have 13 days left for refill. Anyway, I've had back pain for 14 years, but started diagnosis in 2002 and worsening in '08, started treatement. Now days, I have degeneration in two lumbars and two completed dead ones. The two former leak and the compression is giving me this Facet thing. I've had two blocks and I 'think' it worked. I have two main questions I would like to ask about the facet world and Narcotics.
1. I think the blocks worked. Usually, I have to lie flat on my back or sit up, I cannot sit up in bed - the pain is too severe even on meds. The block allowed me to sit up in bed, legs stretched out with noticably less pain. Now, my question - any adverse effects from the facet burn procedure (from my understanding, shortening the nerves)? In other words, if my main pain is not coming from the facet area and I go forward with the procedure, will I be worse off? In the scenario; if someone who didnt have back pain and went through the procedure, would they be worse off (just imagine this scenario for purpose)?
2. I take Norco 10/325 because this has the least amount to Tylenol, therefore I can take more if necessary than Vicodin ES 7.5/750. My Doc told me I cannot take more than 4 a day because it'll damage my liver. I know other people who take many times more than this each day. I'm 6'6" 280lbs - is Narco weight specific? Can I take more than 4 a day? Can I combine Narco with something else? I cannot take tramadol because of anti-anxiety (Lexapro). Do narcotics such as Oxy last longer effectively taking less during the day?
I know you're replies will be personal, not professional, but I'd appreciate personal accounts as much as I can get. A lot of people have pain, but no one in my circle does. Have no one to relate or get info from.
Thanks in advance.