Hello all. I'm new here, having found you through my quest for information.
My husband is 45 years old and has had DDD for 18 years. He was diagnosed with FBS a couple of years ago.
He's been unable to work for the past 2 1/2 years, though he has been denied disability, and we are awaiting his third appeal.
We are at a total loss at this point and do not know where to turn. He has had several failed surgeries, at least 8 rounds of PT, steroid injections, blocks, radiofrequency ablations, epidural injections. The next step was to be a trial spinal cord stimulator, and if that failed, then a pain pump.
He went to the pain physician in December to discuss the SPC and he was told that the spinal cord stimulator would not help him, nor would the pain pump. He's again recommending PT. (which has never helped before). This doctor refuses to give him any pain medication stronger than tramadol and he will not discuss any further treatments. No other doctors will treat him nor will they prescribe anything for pain.
When is it considered the end of the line as far as treatment goes for FBS? I asked the physician if this was it for him and he would not answer me. He wouldn't even look at me.
I really don't know where to turn right now, but I can't do nothing because my husband is in constant pain. He uses a cane and a walker to get around. I have to find him some help.
I'm also wondering why, if we seem to be at the end of his options for treatment, then why are we still fighting for him to be considered disabled???
I would GREATLY appreciate any advice or help anyone has to offer.
Thanks so much,