I am new to this site, but been dealing with pain since 2005. A brief history:
July 2006 - Microdiscectomy with partial lanminectomy L5-S1 Sep 2007 - Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion.
Sep 2010 - Hemorroidectomy (Int/Ext Grade 4)
My last visit was with the spine surgeon whom performed my sugery was Aug 2008, in which was not on good terms. I was asked by the PA if I was out of the military, which I was on temporary retirement. I told them I was experience back pain along with pins and needles buttocks and right leg. The spine doctor told me there was nothing else he could do and told me to seek pain management support.
I was out of meds for a month and went through severe withdrawals from Lortab 10s, Soma and neurontin. I eventually was able to get into see my primary care doctor and was placed on oxycodone 5/325 mg and neurontin 400 mg (2400 mg/daily) and finally seeing a pain management doctor.
I been taking the same meds for 2 yrs and still have ongoing nerve pain and back pain (dull ache to sharp).
I was told that I had failed back surgery by my pain management doctor. during the winter months my pain is worse than spring and summer requiring me to get epidurals.
The current pain that I experience now: Pins and needls right leg and groing (on and off), cramping testicles, right leg, right side), spasm lower back and buttocks. sharp stabbing pain upper inner thigh (think it is the L5 nerve) this happens at least once a day. My right knee pressure like pain similiar to my back pain. Numbness feeling right first threes toes, any position. I can only sleep on my back legs elevated. Can not sleep on sides because of increased spasms and pain in back).
Here is my problem now. I had my primary doctor get me a refferal to a neurologist to find out why this pain continues. I had my visit last Wednesday. He looked at the new MRI and there was nothing that appeared abnormal. He examined my reflexes and reviewed my pain management notes. After he did a little examination, he told me all my pain was because of opiate induced algesia. The above pain was mentioned to him. He asked me why I took neurontin (i told him because of the nerve pain, sciatica) and Oxycondone (back pain and tailbone pain), and Opana (to allow me to sleep since I will wake up with extreme sharp and throbbing back pain). I was speechless when he said that. Furthermore he told me he is sending a letter to my primary doctor and pain management doctor to have me taken off these meds that I currently take that are:
Sep 2008 Oxycondone 5 mg (4x/daily), Neurontin 400 mg (2400mg/daily),
July 2010 Opana ER 5mg (1x/night)
Has anyone experience something like this. Anyone have recommedations or suggestion of what I should do? I am frustrated and tired of being in pain and now onthe verge of losing my meds because of this Neurologist. I awaiting for my referral to go back and see the spine surgeon who did this surgery to find out why I am still in pain.