Hi Everyone. I had L4L5 fusion June 2011. Two weeks later I was rushed to surgery for dural nerve leak/tear. I have not bounced back since then with respect to pain. I feel I am back to where I was before any surgery. I am taking 37.5 mg tramadol but down to taking half pills 2 or 3 times a day. it is not removing the pain but dulls it. I also think I am physically dependent on it too because if I wait to take the half pill ,I develop withdrawal symptoms. Not good.
Anyway because of the chronic pain and general malaise over my condition, I am also dealing with bouts of depression. I asked my doctor about cymbalta...figure it is touted for pain is some people and also to help with depression. I had read however that if yo utake cymbalta with tramadol, yo ucould suffer seizures. My intent is to eventually wean off the tram if the cymbalta works on pain (of course the mood improevment would be welcomed)
Does anyone have any advice, experience, or can find a hole in my plan?
Thank you so much in advance.