Hi, I am new to this forum and signed up as a way to here what others that are going through similar situations have to say and how they might handle certain situations. I will have to say I have been reluctant to post on these kinds of forums because it seems like I am always reading about someone who can't understand why their Dr. wont prescribe the strongest narcotic available and more than enough of it. They usually have a long list of reasons they are in chronic pain and their username is ironically something like 'opiate_king'. Which unfortunately is a huge deterrent for people with real life problems.
I am not going to make my problems sound worse than they are and I know that many people have it so much worse than me. However, I do have a problem that is gradually eating away at my life and while it was first something that I could manage, it is now overcoming me and I am very confused and oddly feel all alone.
I will make a long story short. About 3.5 years ago I injured my back. It started with what I considered common lower back pain. One day my wife & I were out Christmas shopping & I suddenly was paralyzed with intense pain running down my right leg into my foot. The pain was intense. I related it something had done a few weeks prior to hurt my back. The pain was the kind of pain that just never goes away. What little comfort I could find was only found standing or lying down, I couldn't sit for more than a minute or so. I dropped major weight because I couldn't sit down to eat a meal. Our doctor is a good friend of our family and a client of mine. I was put on Oxycodone 7.5/325mg 3 times a day. I also got the steroid injections that did not help at all. My MRI showed bulging & herniated discs and we talked about a surgery I could have. I did not want to rush into a surgery so we decided to ride it out and see what happens. My wife was pregnant with twins and was planning to quit her job when they were born so this wasn't a time that I had many options. My job can be very physically demanding & I had no choice but to bear the pain I was in & move on.