Again, sorry I haven't been around - I've been working on dealing with my lumbar issues. In my last update I talked about the pain I was having at L2/3 and L3/4 area with no nerve pain and a missing disc at L1/2. When I saw my surgeon (actually, his PA) he had me try the injections and then said if they didn't work, I'd need to consider a rhizotomy and then on to a 5-lvl fusion.
So at my follow-up after my injections, I actually saw the surgeon and he spent a great deal of time with me, explaining what was happening, going over my MRI and talking about next steps.
First, he put my on oxycontin, which I really didn't want to do, but KarenD explained to me exactly what the surgeon did, that my pain was spiking and my taking Vicodin 10/325 6/day (sometimes 7) was not the way to deal with this unrelenting pain. I tried taking the oxys yesterday while I was at work and after running into a few doorjams, not able to calculate simple mathematical equations and an overall saggy feeling, went back to my Vicodin regiment. I'm off work today and don't go back until Monday, so figure I'll try the oxys over the weekend and see how I do.
That's where my question comes in: does the oxy side effects get better as you take them regularly? I do have the Vics for breakthrough pain, allowed 3 a day, but don't know if I need them yet.
My surgeon also said that he wants to do a 2-lvl fusion at L2/3 and L3/4, not the 5-lvl the PA said. My surgeon said that the L1/2 isnot causing problems at the moment and the fusion is because the L2-4 is very unstable due to spondylolisthesis and the facet problems. It's scheduled for Dec. 18, although I can cancel at any time.
Anyway, sorry for the long post but any suggestions and answers or advice about the oxys would be appreciated. I'm not in a good place right now and am extremely frustrated.