I am new to this forum, and have spent a few days looking around. This looks like just what I need right now; I'm really struggling with my chronic back pain. I can't do the things I want and need to do, like housework, physical activities with my family, and my job (I'm a writer, and sitting at the computer for long makes me hurt), and If I overdo (which doesn't take much), I end up hurting even more for days. I am so tired of this!
As you can see from my signature, I have some back issues, which were actually made worse by my foraminotomy/discetomy in 9/08. I am in almost constant pain, and it's really getting me down. I have an appt. with a pain management doctor next week, so will see what he has to say. I need help right now. I may be looking at a fusion, but my symptoms don't match the results of my MRI, and they are not sure where my pain generators are. So no surgery yet. Although the thought of a fusion strikes terror in my heart. My recovery from my surgery in 08 was really rough; I'm sure the recovery from a fusion would be much worse.
I try to avoid much prescription pain medication, but do take a total of about 2-3 Vicodin a week, and 1 or 2 Flexeril a week when the pain just gets to be too much and I need a break. I am so afraid of addiction, I'm a real Nazi when it comes to allowing myself much medication. I also have to take hydroxizine with my pain meds so I won't get nausea and vomiting, so I worry about that, too. I may have to come to a point where I allow myself more meds just to get through. Aaaaargh! Frustrating. I'm singing to the choir, aren't I?
Anyway, glad to meet you all. Sorry if I rambled on. I've been dealing with this for a while, and needed to vent. I'm only 48, and I feel 90 sometimes!