I saw my neurosurgeon on the 22nd of March and it is conclusive;I will never get better. Not really anyway. He was very kind. He said he could do a discogram and another surgery but my results would be minimil, plus he'd have to go thru my stomach this time!. On top of that he said PT would not help at this point and a stimulator is kind of senseless for me since it would only help at most 1/3 of my pain. I then saw my PM on the 1st and she wanted a week to review my records and try to come up with a plan. She told me to do the same but I've been too depressed, in pain, lacking sleep and a cold on top of it. I go to bed at 12 but I'm up at 3 in pain and can't go back to sleep until 6 630, then I'm up at 7 730 for the day. I had a fusion l3-5 in Jan 09 with a doc I'm now not happy with. My new neurosurgeon did my hardware removal in Oct 10. In between there I also had a labral hip repair which was pretty bad so I have arthritis in my L hip at 33. My new MRI shows Bulges at T7-8, T8-9, T9-10, T12-L1 and also at L4-5 because it wasn't grafted during the first surgery for some reason so there is movement and 'popping' causing nerve pain.
The only narc I have been on is Vicoden at increasing dosages, now at 10/500(even 2 don't work). I've tried lyrica but had aweful side effects but would try again. I take Valium as my muscle relaxer but don't want to give that up cuz my dad is in hospice so I need it for stress. She also has me on Topamax for nerve pain but I don't know that it helps. Does anyone have any ideas for me. I'm in constant pain and nights are agony. I take trazadone to get the 3 or 4 hours I get of sleep. What has worked for others? My PM is against a pain pump. She is also against trials of different meds, she's afraid I'll get steven johnson's syndrome. However, I need a good plan of action because what we are doing isn't working!!
Any advise or just sharing of experience would be helpful!