I have spinal stenosis, DDD, and sciatica. I had surgery on 09/09/2010 for the Stenosis. My neuro did a Laminectomy at L3-4. Afterwards I did 6 weeks of PT 3 days a week. About 2 weeks later the nerve pain in my left leg returned and the numbness and stiffness. My Doc did another MRI and said there was a re-herniation at the same area were the Laminectomy was done. On 01/09/2011 a Microdisectomy was done. The pain is not as bad as it was pre surgery but not as well as I hoped for. I'm taking 1 or 2 5/325 Vicadans ans two 5 mg Valiums daily. I'm scheduled at the local pain clinic on Feb. 3rd.
Being a recovering alcoholic I understand those 2 drugs are unacceptable for me. I was wondering if any of you good folks out there have heard of Suboxone being used for people in my situation? I know they have used Methadone for chronic pain but that drug has been around so long it kind of scares me. I suffer with severe Asthma and COPD. I am on Prednisone daily and have been for 14 years.
If any of you have any ideas for me I would be greatly appreciative. Good luck to all!!!! - Rick