Hi my spiney friends.
It's been a while since I've been on to help others or post at all really, so I apologize. I'll be catching up on things today. But what pushes me to post at 4:15am when I'm on vacation (well, staying home, but not working nevertheless)?
It's my new diagnosis yesterday (imagine that, something keeping me from sleeping having to do with my spine). I've been having some severe pain in my lumbar the last few months and the last couple of weeks have been the worst. Luckily, I had an appt. with my surgeon scheduled for yesterday for x-rays to make sure my hardware is stable at L4/5, my fusion area, and that I was just having my usual mechanical pain flair-up.
So after x-rays, my doc brings in the laptop to show them to me and to both our surprises, there's nothing between L1/2, looks like bone-on-bone, and at L3/4 there's obvious spondylolisthesis. When he showed me the x-rays, I said "Oh my God, Ro--, that doesn't look good at all" and although he agreed, he wouldn't make any suggestions yet, what exercises I should do, etc. until after my MRI which I'll schedule today for ASAP. He needs to see how bad it is before he will or can make any recommendations.
The good news is that I don't have any nerve pain for now, so no surgery, but the pain is enough to be a real b-ll buster, if you know what I mean.
I've been on Norco for so long that I'm building a tolerance and he gave me a script for 5mg Percs, but they don't seem to do anything (the 10s make me vomit). I can't go up very much on the Norcos, so I'm kinda stuck pain med wise. I really don't want anything stronger than Percs and even those I'm having a hard time thinking of using on a regular basis.
Does anyone know if they start working more after you take them a while? They seem to do nothing at all. Or do you have any suggestions? I really don't want to go up to fentanyl or oxycontin, which my doc says is tying his hands. But I just don't want to go there.
So we decided that we'd just wait until after the MRI and see what we can do - injections, different meds, etc. But I don't see anything doing much good at this point, considering these two problems won't heal by themselves no matter what I do. I can strengthen my core to stablize the area more, but that's about it and even then, my surgeon doesn't want me doing exercises (except walking of course) until he sees the MRI.
Anyway, there's my sob story. Thanks for listening, I just had to get it off my chest and maybe someone will have some suggestions for medications or be able to share their experience with the same problem(s).
Thanks again, my friends...