Hi, Most of you know me on this site. I just went to my Ortho the first of the month. He did MRI and CTs to see why I am still in so much pain, 1 year after my 2 level PLIF and 4 months post op for hardware removal. He hasnt found anything wrong. I had another disc that has a small tear in it at l3-l4. But at the time he didnt feel it was bad enough to fuse. So that is a possibility. But for right now, since I have had 9 surgeries in the past 2 years, he wants to give it six months more to heal. If I still have the pain, then it will be a discogram to test the other disc. He also feels that my pains meds are not working for me and has my pain level to high.
So, I am going back to my Pain Dr on January 25. I am currently on Fentanyl 100 every 3 days, and oxycodone 30 mg every 4 hours for bt pain. I do take the oxy every 4 hours as it is that bad. The fentanyl patches really decrease after the 2nd day.
I was on morphine sulfate prior to the fentanyl patches, and they didnt work for me as they make me so sleepy and disfunctional.
Has anyone been on fentanyl and had to change and what worked for you? He mentioned Methadone, and from what I have read, that bothers me. I am just confused on what will come next. I am funcional, the meds I am on, just in too much pain. I dont want to go back to being a zombie. Anyone help me? I just want to be able to research it before I go for my appointment. Any help would be appreicated. Also Morphine makes me physically ill.