Being an active 17 year old male, spinal complications have ruined my life. I initially herniated my L3/L4 disc 2 years ago in a weight lifting accident, more than 500 pounds torqued my back out which since has provided a plethora of pain. I ignored the pain (stupidly, I know) because I wanted to continue to play rugby. Eventually, my condition had degraded to the point where I could no longer urinate, nor bend more than 5-10 degrees. An MRI ordered by my doctor showed that in addition to my herniated L3/L4 disc, I had herniated my L4/L5 disc and had a bulging disc at L1/L2 and L2/L3.
3 months ago I had my first surgery, a micro-discectomy and laminectomy on my L3/L4 level. No pain relief has come since than, and other neuropathic pain has presented itself that was not affecting me before.
Pain has grabbed me firmly by my balls, and my life has been severely compromised. Numerous pain specialists have prescribed me; 20mg oxycodone, 5mg percocets, Tylenol 3, 50 mg Ultram (tramadol), 10mg flexeril, 2 mg tizanidide...in no particular order. None have given me any relief other than the strong dosage of oxy, which was only given directly after the surgery. I am 265 pounds, 6'1" and the dosing of some of the medications given to me seem questionable as to the appropriateness for my size. I have also received a cortisone shot, which did absolutely nothing.
I have also been dealing with numbness, weakness and tingling in my feet, calves, and thighs. To address this, doctors have given me 300mg x3 a day of neurontin, which has aided in the reduction of those symptoms. The weakness in my legs is so significant, it has forced me to the confines of a wheelchair as i can no longer walk without falling every other step.
A new problem aroused the other day. While waiting in the hospital for a flow rate study, I became stricken with tremors. I was quickly whisked away to the emergency room where i was administered 4mg of lorazepam. This stopped the tremors after awhile, however no doctor could come to a conclusion as to why they started.
At this point I am at a loss for what to do. Should I push for other studies to be done to find out why everything is going wrong? Should I ask for stronger painkillers? Should I pursue alternative therapy? Any support is greatly