I had a 4 level cervical laminectomy on April 8th. All went well except my left arm pain has not diminished as my neurosurgeon and spine doctor had hoped. They are suspecting permanent nerve damage.
I am currently taking the following meds for my back/neck/arm pain: morphine sulphate ER 15mg 2x a day, Oxycodone HCL 5 mg 2 tablets every 4 hours as needed, Lorazepam 1mg every 4 to 6 hours as needed, Lyrica 100 mg tablets 2 tablets 2x a day.
My spine doctor is starting me on a reduction of the Lorazepam program over the next month or so. I have a specific calendar and reduction of dosages at certain times.
Other than that my spine doctor said he plans on having me off the narcotic meds within 4 months.
In the meantime my LTD Claims Manager has decided its time for me to apply for SSDI. Her Company will be processing most of the Claim for me. I've been on disability for one year.
I am a bit concerned about being taken off some of the meds since my arm pain is not likely going away and my right arm is starting to bother me. I'll probably have the same surgery for that arm within a year.
Should I be referred to a Pain Management Clinic? Thoughts? Comments?