To be brief about my medical issues, I have had severe back issues for about 10 years but only in the past 3 years has it require medical intervention. It used to be that I would throw my back out, take a fist full of advil, lay down for 3 days and be back on my feet.
Recently, I haven't been without pain for a single day.
My Primary as well as my surgeon are both astonished at the level of pain I am in. There is a pain that goes from my backside, down my left leg into my foot and it feels like my leg is ripping in half. This is 24 hours a day. I haven't slept through the night in god knows how long. I basically sit in my recliner with two pillows under my knees, a heating pad on my back and an ice pack under my left knee every night.
My wife has to dress me and tie my shoes in the morning and my mom has to help me care for my 3 year old at night as I can't do very much.
Ok, that was less "brief" than I intended.
Anyway, they disagnosed me with the normal "DDD" stuff and the old "hang in there, things will get better." Well, they aren't.
My surgeon told me he would do the surgery if I wanted but he would rather not. VERY reassuring.
Now onto my dilemma. I am on 100MG MSContin's twice a day and 4 or 5 15MG Morphine Sulfate IR's as needed in between. I am now on 5MG Valium at night to help me sleep through the night because I am exhausted from not sleeping.
This is no longer working. At first, I would get some relief but now, I am getting none at all. My Dr thinks this is because I am aggravating it at work and it is counteracting the medication. He thinks that over the holidays he would like to assess my current doses since I will be relaxed and not working and see if it is the meds or my job, so he refilled me for two weeks with an office visit on the 4th.
He suggested that I either switch to Methadone or Fentanyl if we find that my current doses of Morphine are actually not working. The word Methadone scares the crap out of me, I won't lie about that. I hear it and think all kinds of horrible things.
Fentanyl sounds ok. It is a patch from what I understand. I don't have to take a fist full of pills daily and I just put it on and forget about it.
I would like to hear people's opinions that have experience with both. I am at a loss of what to do here. My wife is nervous, my mother is nervous, everyone that is involved with my day to day life because of this injury is nervous.
So any opinions are appreciated and I am VERY sorry for the long post that was supposed to be "brief."