I'm in need of some advice. A few months ago I asked about which dr should I see for my condition, and I decided to go with a physiatrist, over a neuro or a ns. I feel this was the best choice for me, and still do. I recieved some great advice this.
Just to give some background, as to my condition. I had Posterial 360* Laminectomy, and removal of the foramen bone, with a bilevel spinal fusion of the L4-S1 2 yrs ago. Since this surgery, I have progressivly gotten worse with my condition. I have, since surgery, had the following problems. I have leg numbness, in both legs, nerve pain leading from my backside down the side and back of my leg to my out side toes in both feet, and I'm also suffering from leg weakness, which is causing my legs to give out on me on occassion. I currently take 1-2 5/325mg of percocets every 6hr as needed, and 1200mg 3 times a day of neurotin. These med are just not helping like they uses to. So I need to do something for this condition.
I know I don't realy want anymore surgery, unless they can garrentee better results. I also don't want steriod injection do to some of my other health issues, and family health history. My mind is not closed to scs, or a pain pump, but after reading about, and chatting with others, who have had them, I'm not sure if that's a route for me. But if 1 of them would help, who knows, I might do it. The jury still out there, and it hasn't been suggested by my dr yet.
So here's my questions! What kind of treatment is avalaible to me? What kind of meds would be a good way to go? What would help? I know the numbness will probably never go away, but I would just love to get the pain under control. So the quality of my life can in prove. I don't want to run a marathon. I just want some more independence.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. All answers are appreciated. I look forward to hearing from my fellow spineys.