I joined Spine Health last Fall when I injured my back. I have a current thread post on the "Chronic Pain" message board (Subject "Help!")detailing my story so I will not bore you all with it here. What I would like to cull from anyone is information on medications. Before my surgery I was on Darvocet (off the market now) then put on 75 mg tramadol 3 times a day along with 600 mg ibuprofen 3 times a day for pain. At night I take 5 mg ambien for sleep. For a very short time my PM doc had me on Lyrica of which after a few weeks i had to stop. I was not seeing results and my extremeties swelled.
I am having intense leg, knee and foot pinching/pain, much more than before my L4/L5 fusuin surgery last week. My back does not and never has, hurt. Just sciatic pain. I was told by many and by my surgical team (NYU Hosp for Joint Diseases - one of the best) this is normal post-op considering it is just a week out.
The tramadol/ibuprofen combo worked OK prior to surgery but the areas affected by nerve pain were increasing. My nerve damage was getting worse so surgery was the next step after PT, epidurals and all kinds of meds. I am on the tramadol/ibuprofen regimen now. I cannot tolerate vicodin or percocet so this was the obvious choice since I had success with it pre-op. It is not working that well now. I see my surgeon for a follow up on Wednesday and want to be prepared with options for medicines. I am going to ask for a higher strength tramadol if possible. But are ther other pain meds that would seemingly be better to ask for? I was reading here about neurontin for the nerve pain. If I had a bad reaction with Lyrica, would neurontin react similar? Or is it different enough that trying it is not a bad idea?
Thank you so much in advance.