Hi, my name is Julie. I am a 43yo female and had a laminectomy of the L4 and L5 joints back in October. I tried everything possible before having the surgery: PT, chiropractic, pain management (the latter ended up earning me a severe reaction to a shot in my SI joint, and a few months later, a grand mal seizure that put me in the ICU for five days after my meds almost completely depleted my body of sodium and potassium).
Everyone I talked to before the surgery acted like I would be skipping through the buttercups immediately after I was operated on. but I am still having back pain, and it seems to have kicked up my migraines (which I have had since I was 12).
I am currently taking:
- Gabapentin (generic Neurontin)
- Ambien for sleep as needed
Despite following all my neurosurgeon's instructions, I am still in a lot of pain and am concerned about how the pain in my lower back spreads up to my head and gives me migraines.
Additionally, I am trying to get off of the meds, and am currently on a taper program for the Soma and the Neurontin, but I am finding it difficult.
That's me - thanks!