Hello. My name is Dave and I am here to see if anyone can help me in my journey of finding a medication that will actually help relieve my pain. I am 31 year old, father of 4 beautiful children and I have been married to my lovely wife for 13 years.
A little over a year ago I noticed that my back and arms were hurting pretty regularly. I didn't think nothing of it, I thought I was just pushing myself working full-time and going back to school full-time also. But I just kept getting worse and so far I have not had much relief for my pain. Right now I have fairly constant pain in my neck, back, and arms. I also have pain in my hips and legs. This past month my legs have been going numb while sleeping and I can barely move my legs once I get up out of bed, they feel very heavy and I have trouble keeping my balance and have to hold myself up on the walls just to walk. I have been out of work since July on Short Term Disability.
I have been diagnosed with Myelopathy and hyper-reflexia. My Neurologist says I have something wrong either in my Brain or Spinal Cord. I have been checked for MS via spinal tap, Brain, Neck and spinal MRI. He has referred me to Wake Forest university's Baptist Hospital Neurology department and I go for my first appointment there next Monday.
I am currently taking Opana ER 20Mg twice daily, Lyrica 75Mg once daily and Cymbalta 30 Mg twice daily. My insurance will not pay for Lyrica so once my samples of this run out I am sure I will be off it. Without taking Opana I can hardly get out of bed but it only seems to help for about 3 to 4 hrs. After that the pain returns and I am struggling to make it through the next 8 hrs so that I can take another dose to help. Sometimes it does not seem to help at all though. I am so tired of hurting every day and not even being able to hold my children.
My Major concern is I will be terminated from my job Jan 18th and I will lose my insurance. I don't know what I will do at that point but can't go without any medication. I am thinking I will have to switch to a generic pain killer. I guess my question for you guys is what generic pain medicine have you found that works good maybe even better than Opana?
I am hopeful that I will be able to get some answers from my appointment next Monday. Thank you for reading this, sorry it is so long.