I had a fusion from L4-S1 May 23, 2011. In August 2011 my tailbone was removed. I have never been able to return to work (occupational therapy) and am still in bed hours a day (up for a few, down for a few), still taking low doses of pain meds daily, and still in pain.
The last few months my pain has been increasing and the pain is now just below my fusion, spreading down to my bottom. the pain is back to traveling down my legs, and i have numbness in my but and legs frequently. I have tried taking muscle relaxers and upping my pain meds but no relief. I have another doc apt. in 2 weeks, but since I am out of work I lost my insurance, and the private one I could afford doens't cover much so I can't afford a ton of testing and such.
Has this happened to others? Am I doomed to spend the rest of my life in pain? Any suggestions on what to ask the doctor to do or to try? I am taking hydrocodone 2 x a day and tramadol at night, I take IB 800 3x a day, zoloft at night. I can't take steroids, the side effects are so bad I can never make it past day 3. I have tried a TENS but it isn't helping since my surgeries really at all. I have even tried pain patches, but it does nothing for the pain in my legs and numbness.
Just scared that at 37 this is my life.