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Severe Pain after Spinal Fusion

kyapupkkyapup Posts: 54
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:33 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi my name is Donna, I am new to this forum and also relatively new to the computer, so please bear with me. I really need to speak with others who feel the way I do. My quality, or I should say lack of quality of life has me extremely angry. I was also very active, I was in the Roller Derby when I was young (I just aged myself) then had jobs that were physical, Sheriffs Dept., Bodyguard, Bouncer and finally for 12 yrs. a school bus driver.I was always in good condition as is my 75yr old Mom.
Due to a person running a red light, I eventually had to have the fusion.L4-5,S-1. I had a wonderful dr.and healed fast and well enough to return to work for three yrs. As a single Mom I needed to. But the pain got so bad I had to go on disability. Now I am having numbness down my left leg which causes me to fall if I don't have my cane. I am on Lortab 750 4x day. it hardly touches the pain. My M.D. wants me to go to Pain Mgt. Does anyone think it will help? I am at a point where all I do is sit for a while, stand, cannot take trips longer than an hr, in my car. And forget sleeping! Sorry to go on so long, does anyone have any advice, for my mental or physical woes? Thanks, Donna


  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. glad to have you here!! <:P we have plenty of patience so don't worry about that!!! a good pm might be just what you need.they offer a wide range of pain medications, nerve pain meds, as well as your injections and other options for you.. :? a gp is not really as learned as a pm is about these things.. i think your doctor gave you a great suggestion, now it is up to you to find a good one.. :D good luck and i look forward to seeing you around the forum. :D Jenny :)
  • My pain management doc understands pain a lot better than my pcp. He has more patience and worked with me for a long time to figure out the right "cocktail" to manage my pain. The olny problem with my pain management doc is that initially it took 6 weeks to get an appointment when I felt like I was dying. Good luck to ya and I hope it gets a little easier for you soon.
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