Hello to all my hurting homeys..
I wanted to introduce myself. I am a 31 year old mom with history of low back pain and sciatica going back to 1998-2000. I had no health insurance other than Champus (dad was an Army Vet and I was in college) so I dealt with the pain for 2-3 years until it became bearable. I eventually married my sweet husband and we are blessed with great medical insurance and I am able to get the help I need.
I have Degenerative Disc Disease, Stenosis and a couple Lumbar Disc Herniations thrown in just for good humor.
I also have a bit of medication induced Epilepsy just to keep the doctors on their toes. Nothing like waking up with a bunch of hot looking firemen working on you. GRIN I'm not currently on any anti-seizure medication, I just read, read and read some more before I take any medication just to check on the risk of anything lowering my already low seizure threshold.
I had weight loss surgery (Lap Band) back in 2005 and originally lost 140 pounds rather quickly when I was employed full time and running around like a "chicken with her head cut off". After losing around 70-80 pounds the pain in my low back returned. I consulted a chiropractor who was the devil in a human's body and hurt me more than he helped. I have worked with the same Spine Surgeon for several years and was recently referred to PM after having the last injection I can for a while as I've had the maximum allowed in a year. My surgeon has recommened a fusion but my weight is not currently stable enough for him to be comfortable with proceeding. I've regained about 1/2 my weight and I'm around 230lbs at the moment. I can lose or gain 20 pounds in a matter of a week or two. I need to focus on weight loss and strengthening my back at the same time.
As far as meds, I've tried Tramadol but had a seizure and had to discontinue it. So I've been on varying strengths of Hydrocodone for the past 3 years. My most recent was 10/325's at max 6 per day. They provided almost no relief. I had an appt. with the PM doctor and was given a script for Avinza 30mg (time-released Morphine)once per day and Hydrocodone 10/325 up to 4 per day as need for break through pain. For the first time in a very long time I have a little bit of hope. I'm also starting a more intense physical therapy than I was previously in and a TENS unit.
I've been "lurking" for a while but decided to join the hurting but trying to be happy and lead a somewhat normal life. My next step is a Spinal Cord Stimulator test drive.From what I was told today I have a fair amount of "wiggle room" left on the Avinza as he started me on the lowest dose possible saying we will go from there once I start physical therapy. For the first time in a very long time I am starting to see a little pin point of hope in my tunnel that has been dark for a while.