Hello everyone :h my name is Brian. I am 53yo and have numerous problems in both my lumbar and cervical spine as well as degenerative bone disease in my ankle and to top it all off possibly Fybromyalgia to boot....
I have had lower back pain since 2004 and the ankle started in 2007 which I have had one surgery on and will be getting it fused within the next few months. The Fybromyalgia started in 2008 as did the cervical spine problems.
I have had MRI's on both the lumbar and cervical regions. The lumbar region they found to have Parr's and several other disks with damage. The L5 has gone forward and they said I had DDD in 3 of the vertebrae. My cervical region I have stenosis in 3 vertebrae as well as 2 herniated disks.
I am currently taking Cymbalta for the Fybromyalgia and I am seeing a pain management doctor for the spine. He has tried Hydrocodone in various strengths, MS ER 15mg along with MS IR but it appears that I am allergic to morphine. He has also prescribed Methocarbamol 750mg - 2 at bedtime because I just never sleep more than a couple of hours without waking up anymore, but even taking the Methocarbamol I still don't sleep well at all. ( I looked up the drug on drugs.com and it said they use Methocarbamol on dogs) -- he he I always knew I was an ol hound.
Well on and on about constant pain but I do hope to feel better someday and I hope to learn, share and enjoy from this forum.