Hi all. I have joined this site in hopes I can help my husband. He is 34 yrs old and has severe chronic back pain since a bad car accident in 2001. He is not currently on medication but here is his history.
After the accident (nothing was broken), went through variety of chiropractics, acupuncture, medication, etc. until case was closed not long after. They basically told him he would have to "marry the pain".
Pain has gotten much worse over the years, started taking Vicoden, Percocet and the like, helps for a little while but does not last long.
In 2005, we were able to get him into a pain mngmt program, but they put him on Methadone (due to financial reasons - no ins at the time) but stopped in 2009. We would not like to return to that option for a variety of reasons.
2 MRI's, one in 2005 - Dr said nothing was there. One this year, May 2011 - diagnosis is L5 facet joint arthritis with fused S1. We now have insurance and he has seen a primary but after the recent MRI, the neurosurgeon he was referred to said there is no reason for him to see my husband.
I've called other participating orthopedic surgeons, clinics, etc.. trying to get someone to see my husband. He works all day so he is unable to make the calls. He has gone back to taking pain meds, hydrocodone to be exact, but the pain always comes back. He is usually miserable, aching, and a little depressed because the pain limits him and he cannot enjoy his life the way he would like.
I can't think if I've missed anything but feel free to ask questions, if you think it would help. I'm really just looking for direction, maybe we've missed something? We're trying to find the means to an end, so to speak. It's been too long already.
Thanks in advance