I have had 2 back operations last year, the last one was a decompression of L-5 S-1 with a fusion. Two rods and 6 screws with a dynsys system installed at L4- L5 to help try and save the disc at L4-L5 level.
My question to you all is this; Before surgery I was on lortab 10/500 3x per day and Lyrica for the nerve pain. Post op its been 1 year now, but after surgery I found out that morphine did NOT help with pain ( did nothing) while I was recovering in the hospital and they had to give me an injection of Delodid every few hours instead of the morphine pump?
Since surgery I have been on Opana that did nothing. Fentanyl patches for 8 months that I thought were working a little but found out they actually did nothing at all. I tried oxycodone 30 mg tabs last month but I would sweat so badly that I had my PM Dr take me off of them.. I am now back on lortab 10/500 4 times a day until we can figure something else out that will work.... I was for 6 months after surgery taking Percocet 10/325 with the lortab that seemed to help, but that had to end.
My surgeon does not want me to take Lyrica until we see if the surgery has been a success. He said it would mask the nerves & we would not be able to tell if the operation relieved the pressure on the nerves that had been damaged. I had spondilotheses (sorry I can't spell it correctly)
Any ideas would be Greatly Appreciated.
Just so you all know; before my last back operation I had an allergic reaction to some medication that effected my endocrine system that caused my bones to soften. Perhaps my spinal steroidal injections, but they don't know for sure. They found out I had soft bones at the time of putting screws in my spine. I now have a weekly testosterone injection, take 2000 IU of vitamin D and 600 mg Calcium twice daily. Now my bones are getting harder but I need my knees replaced because they are worn out due to the soft bone issue. I am 47 years old & too young for knee replacements according to my orthopedic.
I said all of this so everyone will understand that I now have knee pain too..
Thanks Again & any help would be Greatly Appreciated.... On what type of medications may work for me, my PM Dr said he reluctantly prescribes some medications because of miss-use & its just against his policy. I am new to this and have only been on this path for about 14 months now.