Hi I am a new member. I had ACDF in Jan 2011 after trying multiple therapies and treatments. I had a great neurosurgeon but I already had nerve damage at the root of C6/7 so the success of the surgery was limited. I am currently seeing a pain specialist and am on Oxycotin 10 mg twice a day, 10 mg Percocet 3 times a day,Cymbalta 90 mg per day, and an anti spasmodic. I am currently still working although several doctors have been surprised that I am not on disability. I actually have considered retiring because I am eligible but this summer I took off and found that it did not impact my pain at all, I just spent more time in bed.i have tried epidurals and acupuncture. Epidurals are useless, acupuncture helped reduce the amount of meds I required, but insurance doesn't. Pay and it is $85 a session and I can't afford it right now. I am trying to get a tens unit and am willing to try anything.
At this moment, I cannot sleep due to the pain and I have a migraine. I am seeing a psychiatrist due to depression and anxiety. I feel like I am becoming a stereotypical chronic pain sufferer. I am fighting tooth and nail to deny this fate and discover a cure for my situation.
Anybody have any sage advice?