I stumbled upon this website earlier this evening...and am thrilled to bits. I cannot wait to read the section on insomnia (check out the time)...but one thing at a time.
I too suffer from chronic back pain due to a combination of things: degenerative disc disease, osteoporosis, my back is fusing together and I had surgery about five years ago to "fix" a herniated disc.
The doctor I saw last year (who told me about the back fusing together) never did give me a proper name for this. Is there one? I do not think it is stenosis for I do not have the sciatic pain.
The pain I have is always in my lower right side but lately sometimes shifts to the left... Oddly enough, it is in the same place I had the pain prior to surgery. The surgery did fix the numbness in my foot, but I have had pain ever since. I told the surgeon and he said it was because I now have bone rubbing on bone. When I asked him why he didn't put anything in-between the discs while he was in there, he told me that was a different surgery! Does this make sense to anyone? Why he never told me prior to the surgery is beyond me...guess I should have done a bit more research...
I take oxycodone for the pain and sometimes it works better than other times. I was taking eight 5mg tablets a day, but since the shortage, I now take 3-4 15mg pills which I cut in half. My doctor and I had a long discussion last year as to alternative types of pain medication. I am rather leery about trying anything else. I know how these effect me, function fine on them and worry that anything else will make me a bit wacko. I was on the patch after my transplant and from what I remember, I do not remember much!! I had a liver transplant five years ago, so I cannot take anything with tylenol or aspirin in it.
Does anyone do Pilates? I thought it might help and would like to try it. Most exercises seem to pull and just make me hurt more...does any one have any good routines or tapes they can recommend? I need to get into shape since I have become a couch potato over the winter. Once the weather gets a bit better, I will be out in the garden and that does not do my back much good either. But I love to garden and just take a pill before I go out
Thanks for being here...