Just looking for some advice, not sure what to do next or where to turn. My story in a nutshell: (I’m 41 working full time , married mom of 2 4th grade boys)
Summer of 2007 I herniated a disc (L3/L4)
Went to Neurosurgeon – got MRI
Diagnosed with Herniated disc, DDD and Stenosis. She didn’t think surgery would help so she sent me to PM doc for treatment.
PM doc #1 – RX Vicodin 750mg & Robaxin 750mg
did Decomp on DRX9000 for 3-4months. – (Ugh! Made things worse I think!)
Monthly shots – facet / ESI (which didn’t work at all) Nerve Block, SI
They also do Laser, Weekly Massage , PT & Chiro
Summer 2008 – PM doc #1 thought I might have Fibromyalsia so I went to a Rheumatologist And she did tons of test and confirmed Fibro – but I didn’t want to take the long term meds so I didn’t go on Lyrica or anything.
Spring of 2009 PM Doc #1 left the practice so I get PM Doc #2
#2 hates all meds. Cuts me down to Vicodin 500 with the Robaxin 750. I’m good with this. Less pain meds still work fine.
All this time still getting constant shots – some work some not, he tries different things
Depending on my insurance and what BCBS will pay for.
So here I am – 2 years later.
Probably more pain than before.
PM doc #2 thinks I should be off all meds – Don’t know how I would sit in a desk at work without them. – I have tried over the counter and it doesn’t touch the pain.
I never run out of meds. He gives me 60 a month and I use 1 to 2 a day so they last 6-7 weeks. But I need them!
So now here I am. I have a NS I can go back too for more MRI/tests.
I have a Rheum that wants me on Lyrica or something like it.
I have a PM that is just managing the pain.
What should I do? I can’t live like this, I want my life back.
Anyone have any suggestions?