Hi All. Went to my pain Dr on Monday. I was wanting to switch meds as my fentnyl patch and oxycodone were not working well anymore. He looked at my MRI and CT reports and said that I shouldnt be having this type of pain. He decided that I needed muscle relaxers as he feels my mucles are too tight, so he put me on baclofen and flexaril until the baclofen kicks in. Said it would take a month or so for it to help.
I was to say the least disappointed as I wanted to go down on my meds and change them as I have been on the same thing since 2 level PLIF in Dec of 08. He also decreased my bt oxy to no more than 10 per day. I was taking 12 most days. I think he is a very good pain Dr, and he didnt want to change to many things at once, thinking that he wont know what is working. But honestly, if I dont take my bt meds, and i dont change my patch until 72 hours, I am one hurting unit. If I change it every 48 hours, I am alot better on the third day. I still have a torn disc at L3-L4 right above the fusion. My CT and MRI didnt show it before, it took a discogram to find it.
My Question is, has anyone taken baclofen with my type of situation, and if so, did it do that much good? Also, the pain is a very deep feeling pain, like prior to my fusion. My Ortho wants to wait six months and give me more time to heal. But I am so tired of hurting and wonder if I should go back to the spine clinic I went to that originally found the problem, and they are the ones who said that the nmri and ct dont always show small tears.
I am just so tired of this whole thing. I know I should be paitient, and after having three surgerys in the past 9 months, that it might take longer to heal. But I just feel like I am wasting my life away by constantly waiting to see what happens. What are your thoughts? I hope this makes sense to you, as it is late and I am trying to express my frustrations. Thanks for any thoughts you have on this, it is appreicated. Love,Robin