New to the forum and this is my first post.
In 2003, I ruptured a disc after picking up wood. I ended up having surgery to have that cleaned out. It was at T12-L1.
In April of 2009, almost 6 years to the date of my first injury, I re-injured my back, not sure how, but the pain started again with the pain radiating to my right leg. After a MRI, it was learned that I had re-ruptured T12-L1 and ruptured the disc above that, T11-T12. My surgeon decided on doing a fusion of T12-L1 and cleaning the other out.
Almost a year after that, I started having pain several times a week. To make a long story short, the pain has increased and is now on a daily basis. I had gone back to my surgeon and he put me back on Hydrocodone and Diclofenec (anti-inflamatory). The anti-inflamatory worked for about two weeks and that was it. He ordered for me to do Physical Therapy but by this time, I was hurting on a daily basis and not able to go. I have gone from taking a half pain pill to now taking 1 1/2 to 2 almost on a daily basis and about every 10 hours. I'm now out of work on FMLA and had another MRI two weeks ago. He gave me a TENS Unit and that has not helped. He ordered the MRI to make sure he wasn't missing something as I'm not having the radiating pain. My pain is to the left of my spine and a few inches up from my surgical site. He has told me that if the MRI does not show anything, he's going to start my paperwork for disability. I am a 911 operator for the Sheriffs Office and we work 12 hour shifts, 2 days on, 2 days off, 3 days on, 2 days off, 2 days on, 3 days off (every other fri, sat, sun off). I'm not able to sit more than a couple to a few hours nor stand for about the same. I'm litteraly hurting all the time. It's gotten so bad that I had to go to my primary care doctor and get something for depression. I've not been pleasant to be around my wife and kids and constantly snapping at them and that's when I'm hurting. I love what I do at work and had never planned on having to retire this way.
I go back this coming Monday and I feel certain that he's going to start the paperwork for my disability. My question is this:
Am I going to have to live off pain pills for the rest of my life? Is there an easier way to manage the pain? Anyone else with similar situation as mine?
Thanks for any help