This is the first time I have ever used anything like this I am a 29 year old who has been in uncontrollable pain on a daily basis for over a year now. My injury occured when I had a fall at work, its unbelieveable that a fall on a patch of ice could cause this much damage. The day after my injury I was sent for a MRI cause the pain was unbearable I was having horrible lower back pain and shooting pain down my left leg to my foot, the MRI showed that I herniated two disks at L4 and L5.
For the next 6 months to a year things were rough I was put on hydromorphone for pain and given epidural injections every three weeks making a total of 6 epidurals until they stopped them cause they were causing me more pain than anything else.
I was then sent to a speciaist that looked at my MRI and put me on the list for surgery right away, I had a discectomy done at L5-S1. The pain that I had after surgery I thought would go away after I healed, but it didnt.
I was sent for another MRI because the pain was still there nothing had changed, the MRI showed that I had alot of scar tissue built up but there was no longer any nerve compression, so I was then handed of to a physiatrist with hopes that he could manage my pain because the surgeon now stated that I have chronic pain...
At the physiatrist he gave me a nerve conduction test in which he found that I have some permanent damage to the L5 nerve root most likely from the injury and aswell some of the pain could be from chronic pain. After a while the hydromorphone wasnt doing its job and I have now been put on something called Butrans 10 mcg has anyone else tried this? I find that it takes a few days to start relieving any pain and then you get a couple of okay days then its time to change the patch and start all over again.
Im happy I found this site it feels good to get some of this out of my head it has been building up for a while now, my support system is flawwed where I am in my life at this point in time, my family is all on the other side of the country all I have here is my girl which has been great, but I try and hide alot of my pain from her so that she doesnt worry I just try and put on a face and carry on through it, at times its so frustrating, I feel like this pain is absolutley taking over my life.
I am still at work I have been at the same place of employment for the last 12 years of my life pretty much right outta high school I started my career, my job isnt too accomadating I guess you could say when your healthy your good to go but when you broken your useless, waiting too see where my health situation goes before closing this chapter of my life.
Well its been nice to vent it would be nice to talk to some people who are going through the same thing as I am this thing is so lonely at times.
One more thing I have been offered a 4 week course on chronic pain management has anyone tried anything like this???