I have had a 2 level cervical fusion last year and while most of my neck pain has gone, I am suffering from really bad shoulder pain. It feels as if my shoulder muscles are on fire. I am on percocets 4 times a day, soma 3 times a day, ibuprofin 800 mg 3 times a day and gabapentin 600mg once a day.
I know everyone is different, but my current medication only helps me a little bit with the pain and it lasts for less than 2 hours or sometimes it feels like I had zero pain relief.
My doc and his PA do not want me on opana and lyrica because I do not have insurance and its cheaper for me to take what I'm on. Ok its not cheap as it costs me almost 100 bucks a month for all of my scripts, but yeah lyrica and opana would probably be more like a $500 month from what I've heard. But I am wondering would opana and lyrica help me much more? Or is there any other medication that is generic that I should try first? They already hate it that I am on percs 4 times a day. If it was up to me I'd probably take it 6 times a day. My tolerance to it has me bothered too as I feel that I am close to being an addict. I just can't help it that I'm in this much pain all the time. It gets so bad that sometimes I just feel like putting a gun to my head and pull the trigger.
I will probably get another fusion and hope that it works as taking medication does not help me enough and I do not want to be on meds everyday til the day I die. I need to find better meds or I really need the fusion to work and be a permanent solution. Ok I know fusion is not permanent but I would like to be pain free for at least 10 years until it fails or the level above or below it gives out.