Hi, I have suffered from chronic intractable pain for four years now. My first surgery was to fix three discs that had blown.
However, it turned out I also had a major crack or fracture in my vertebrae and had spondylolethesis (sp) and had an anterior / posterior triple level spinal fusion done two years ago. They also performed another surgery to open up a few nerves that were compressed. I had a spinal cord stimulator put in dec.2012. I just had it removed two weeks ago. My question. Where should I go from here??? I'm in so much pain that I can't work, eat, at least without throwing up, I can't sleep. I feel as though I'm being tortured. My pain specialist has me on Fent 75 and Norco for relief. It barely takes the edge off. He has only had me try the medicines I'm on now. He says there is a huge risk of addiction, which scares me to death. I've never been addicted to anything other than shopping. Anyway, he says I should get the drug pump. Now, this sounds hard core and dangerous to me. Any thoughts on where I go from here? Every day I go like this is another day lost.
Thanks in advance for anyone who offers advice.