I have been a chronic back pain sufferer for about 3 years. In that time I have had the following:
Massage, Heat/Cold, muscle relaxers, pain meds, 18 various shots in the back, 6 nerve cauterizations,Physical Therapy, standard x-rays, MRI, Discogram, CT, Flouroscopy, Anterior L5/S1 Fusion, more physical therapy, pain meds.
My condition right now, according to my pain journal is a constant 7 on the pain scale. There is never a time, even for a few minutes that I am pain free. The surgery was in January of this year,this stopped the leg pain, did very little for the back, pain is now escalating again. Cannot sit for more than 10 minutes, cannot stand for more than 10 minutes, cannot walk more than a hundred yards or so, all dependent on how bad the pain is on any particular day. My primary mentioned the pain clinic again, oohhhh no! It is really not a pain clinic, it is a shot clinic. Doc there prescribes no meds, just does lumbar injections. Instead of pain clinic it should be called "The Marquee DeSade Torture Chamber." My primary wants to get me off the opiates, he has lessened the dose to 5/500 of lortab, twice a day. Needless to say this is not working. He also has me on Lyrica, Amytriptilene, Celexa. Cannot sleep so he gave me Temazepam. Was on Ambien but BCBS will not pay for that any more. Various muscle relaxers.
This is soooo depressing. I had to take three breaks from sitting while writing this. If I can help anybody I will be glad to offer some experiential advise. I am in the medical field but am not a MD.