Was asked several questions in my first post so I thought I would answer here.
It all started with a trip to a recommended Rheumy. After he examined me and we talkd, he said e ses a LOT of patients with Fibro that a particular problem with their neck. So he ordered an MRI. Was I shocked to learn that I had 2 herniated discs that were impinging on the spinal cord.
He went on to refer me to a neurosurgeon. With a couple of myleograms (barbaric test to be sure), it was all there. Quite a mess. So I had the first of my three surgeries in April of '07. At first, I that it was a godsend. Then the pain came back twice as bad as before.
So I go to a new orthopedic spine specialist this time he has to repair the mess the 1st doc did. They went posterially and ended up with a staph infection at the wound site. Thank Got is wasn't MRSA, just a regular run of the mill staph, but it took over a month and 2 antibiotics to get rid of it. What a nightmare THAT was.
Then I noticed shoulder pain. Serious shoulder pain. Yet another orthopedic spine specialist later, I had the disc above C5 blown an oozing fluid irritating the nerve and pressing on my spinal cord. So off to surgery I go AGAIN.
This time they did what is called a "360", where they go in the front and then flip you over and work on the back. Recovery from that one was quite lengthy and am still in the healing process.
I fell into a deep, deep depression due to all of this. Plus I got laid of from a job of 4 years the day I came back from medical leave... Nice, huh? It got so bad, I wrote a suicide note. Went to PCP and he put me on Wellbutrin and Effexor. It got me out of the pit, but unfortunately I feel myself going to the dark place again. I will be talking about that with my PCP later this month when I get pain med refills.
My PCP has graciously taken on the role of my med manager, but has told me he will NEVER raise the dose. I already find myself tolerate to the meds I'm on (40mg OxyContin twice daily with oxycodone 7.5/325 up to 3 a day if needed. This combo is NOT working. I want to go on the Fentanyl patch but know my doc won't OK it.
Well that's "The Rest of the Story" on me. If anyone has anymore comments, please feel free to post. I will check back later for responses.
Thank you for reading and God Bless,