I have been lurking around this site for a few years now. I think I have posted maybe once? I usually just read posts, and only registered as a user a few days ago.
Tonight I am in horrible pain and I feel so hopeless.
I am scheduled for ACDF on June 8. I have a 7mm disc rupture/extrusion at C4/5 flattening my cord. It happened about a year ago. I woke up and rolled over to hit the snooze bar on my alarm and felt a little pinch. That was it. I also have a large bulge at C5/6 with a bone spur sitting on my cord now too. I have two more bulges above and below that too, but they aren't causing any problems.
I've already had a double lumbar laminectomy for stenosis, have 4 herniated lumbar discs, arthritis and facet joint issues..blah blah blah.
My neck, arm and shoulder pain is getting worse, but my surgeon won’t up my pain meds. He says I shouldn’t be getting worse. My MRI has changed drastically since my initial injury, and the C5/6 disc has dramatically deteriorated. How is that not getting worse? He has me on the lowest dose of vicodin and it isn’t cutting it.
Since I have been far less active because of the pain, my lumbar spine issues are acting up. I know my body. I know I need to walk and move around and if I don’t I get low back spasms and nerve pain. He is writing me a script for Cymbalta. He thinks I have Fibromyalgia.
I just want this to be over already.
I think I am going to try to take a walk tomorrow despite the pain. I’m using heat, ice, and a soft neck collar. I’m trying to breathe and relax. I take hot baths.
Any other ideas?
After reading posts here it seems Fibromyalgia is rather common with spinal disc disorders?
I’m not sure if it is okay to ask this question here, but has anyone tried medical marijuana for pain and spasms? I apologize if that is an inappropriate question. I’m desperate.