I've been told by my DO my prescription pain meds need to be as low dosages as possible before surgery. He said otherwise the medical team would have more difficulty managing my post-surgical pain. He also said breathing issues could arise.
I am due to have cervical spine surgery. I'm not sure which specific surgery as of yet. I hope to finally find out Monday March 2nd when I see my neuro. I have a nerve root being pressed on hard by the disc at C-5 to C-6 plus bone spurs.
I had an EMG this past week. I'd originally had an EMG in June of 2008. My DO said the results were much worse this time. I noticed as the test progressed he became much more concerned.
He said at this juncture it appears I will never get better. The most I can hope for is the surgery will prevent my condition from getting worse. He believes I have permanent nerve damage.
I do have constant pain but manageable with the meds. I do hope dosages are increased after surgery. Currently I take 5/500mg Hydrocodone 1x a day, 100mg Lyrica 4x a day,15mg morphine 2x a day.
Pretty much it looks like I'll be going for SSDI. My Claim Manager of my LTD says they initiate the application process for me.
Anyway, didn't want this to drift to much from the topic of this forum. My pain is manageable but hopefully will be more so post surgery. Its hard to engage in sustained typing as my hands begin to tremor.