I have DDD in 5 discs and am 26 years old. I need surgery, but cant afford it and am waiting for LnI to approve my appeal so I can get the surgery I need. In the mean time, I have been on pain management. I am currently taking 30mg morphine every 12 hours and 7.5/350 percocets 3 times a day spread out depending on needs. This regiment has been going on for about 6 months.
I can not seem to escape the pain anymore. I use to get a few hours of relief with the percocet but now it just barely takes the edge off. I know there are other options, but I don't know what works. I have nerve pain, and my back feels like a tight mess of pain. From what I have read both needs to be treated separately. IMO I need something that will give me a constant feed of pain medication like a pain pump or pain patch, but I know very little about these. I have tried to do research on them but most of the articles I can find are over my head. I also have a friend that has recommended medical marijuana. I like that idea because I am very afraid of becoming addicted to the opiates and am afraid that I already am. I did try marijuana few months ago with a friend I trusted. I got very sick and my pain didn't seem to go away, but it didn't bother me either.
I am planning on going to see my doctor in the next day or so, and am wanting to go in with some knowledge of other medications to talk to him about. The only other drug he has talked to me about is methadone. I also REALLY hate the morphine as it makes me sick to my stomach, I have lost 20lbs since I started taking it 6 months ago. Morphine has such a stigma it also really bothers my wife and mother.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
The Broken Mechanic