I have been visiting your forum for several months and have obtained so much information. Thank you so much for putting this together. It's been a life saver for me for several months now.
I've only been dealing with chronic pain for about 6 months.. how some of you have dealt with it for so many years bewilders me. I'm still very new to this and am having an extremely difficult time with pain management, sleeping and depression.
I am currently having a severe flare up of my cervical issues so posted early this morning for some help in regards to sleep. I was exhausted, in unrelenting pain, and terrified to even try to sleep. Sleep.. my nemesis. He either eludes me, or I am afraid to actually stay in a single position for any length of time because frankly, the pain isn't worth it. I've conditioned myself to avoid it 8(
I am having an extremely difficult time concentrating today because of pain, but I promise I can actually communicate effectively and coherently.
I wanted to apologize again for posting without making a formal introduction first.
I have cervical and thoracic herniations..no falls or accidents.. spontaneous ruptures. Pain..weakness.. numbness..recently I even fell off the toilet because my legs went completely numb..they've done this before..but actually worked..even though I couldn't feel them 8(
I was receiving epidural injections and had already done 5 rounds of trigger points until I developed pulmonary embolisms.. halting all invasive procedures for now. Meds are currently my only source of management. Been to PT and chiro.. no real proof, but chiro may have been a HUGE mistake as I went before I had good MRIs done to reveal the herniations. I've been under the care of my PM for 18 months. Prior dx for a year before the herniations were Myofascial pain syndrome, possibly Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.
Here is a list of my current meds.
20 mg oxycontin 3x every 8 hours
30 mg roxycodone for breakthrough pain up to 4x
4 mg zanaflex 2x
previous meds include percocet, lyrica, soma, valium, cymbalta, prednisone, tramadol, flexeril and nucynta
I look forward to mostly reading... for right now.. but wanted to apologize for not entering the right way.