Hi all, 21 years ago I had a double Laminectomy at L5 S1. For many years I was pain free. Not any more. For the past few years the pain has been getting steadily worse and is unrelenting. An MRI was done and I was told I had 'severe degenerative damage at L5 S1 and a ruptured disk at L4'. I have severe pain that radiates down my right buttock, right leg, into my foot. I have lost the feeling on the bottom right side of my right foot, and a couple toes. I haven't been able to work for over 2 years now. I have a hearing scheduled for disability but of course in the meantime I have no health coverage. So I see a pcp at a clinic that has pay by your income. (I had to move to this area once my savings was gone so am stuck with this doctor) My doctor has put me on 5/325 Vicodin 3x a day for pain and THAT IS IT! Needless to say, I am in agony 90% of the time. Without health insurance I cannot go to a pain clinic as they don't take uninsured patients here. My doctor UTTERLY refuses to give me anything more for pain. Not even a muscle relaxer. We did try Lyrica but I simply can't afford it. It didn't seem to do much the week I took it anyway. So I suck it up and deal with the pain as best I can.
Ok, sorry for being a whiner there. I just wanted to lay everything out up front. What I am hoping to get out of this, is to hopefully have people who understand what I'm going through.