Greetings... I hope all are enjoying a Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holday Season... despite the painful issues at hand.
This is my first post... I'm also relatively new to this whole Stenosis thing. I can't walk for more than a few minutes... before the pain gets bad. I can't hardly walk at all when I wake out of bed. I have to pile on meds and drink a bunch of coffee to get to the point where I can go to work... Thankfully I'm only working part time right now. But still very worried about being able to do my job... or keep it... as things get worse.
Trying pain meds while the wheels get turning at the VA. I'm waiting to get an appointment to see a neurosurgeon and/or spine specialist.
Some of the meds I've been prescribed and trying:
Hydrocodone 5mg/Acetaminophen 500mg
morphine 15mg SA
Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) 10mg
Amrix (cyclobenzaprine) 15mg time release
I'm working with my doctor... I'm keeping track of everything that I'm taking and doing... troubleshooting. I'm not sure about the dosages and whether or not I'm taking enough of this or that.
So I'm here asking questions. I'm curious as to what others are taking. Until I get to see the doctors at the VA hospital and get a better game plan... I have to make do with the pain medications... so I want to know more about them.
What Pain Medicationss are you taking?
What Dosage? (ie. 10mg twice a day,etc...)
What Works For You... or What Combination works for you?
Thoughts, Ideas, Advice... etc...
I just started my job a few months ago when the pain was just a soreness that I thought would go away... I had just recently moved here and thought I had just worked my back a little to hard... but then just about sudden like... things fell apart... I got the video of my MRI and the report... it's sickening! It's a wordy report with lots of ugly vocabulary but the words "severe" and "stenosis"... are especially grotesque... ughhh!!!
I love my new job... best I ever had... something I always wanted to do...
Your Help with this painful situation will be Greatly Appreciated.
Thanks, John B. (BackToWork)