Next week I meet with my surgeon and I'm 6 months post-op from a posterior L-4/L-5 fusion with all the hardware. Every thing "looks good" when it comes to how the fusion is progressing and everything does look good on xrays, mri's and ct's from my surgery.
Here's the problem: at 6 months post-op I am still on oxycontin and percosets to help control the pain. The sad part is even with all the meds I am not pain free. With the meds my pain level is still 7-8 out of 10 with certain movements still putting me in the 10 out of 10 scale. I've had problems with the meds such as daily headaches, "drunk feeling" and dizziness among other things.
My pain is lower back right and left sided. I can't still sit or stand for long periods of time. I have outside foot pain on the right side and instep foot pain on the left side.
I've had 2 epidural shots within the last few weeks with no positive results.
I have to get off all these meds. I can't function mentally on these meds.
Is a spinal cord stimulator something I approach my doctor about? Is it too soon?