Hi all. I am just wondering what you each consider adequate pain management? Is it the ability to do specific things, how you feel, etc ?
I have another appointment scheduled with the pain management clinic because I do not feel my pain is under control. I know I will never be pain free, but I would like to be able to do basic daily activities without crying. My pain management goal is to be able to get an adequate amount of uninterupted sleep, be able to do basic grocery shopping, and sit comfortably for 45 minutes. Reaching these basic goals seems almost impossible at this point in time. Am I setting my goals too high or expecting too much?
I am currently taking: hydrocodone 5/500 3 times daily, Flexeril 10 mg nightly, Nortryptiline 20 mg nightly, Prozac 20 mg nightly, Ibuprofen 600 mg 3 times daily, nabumetone 500 mg 2 tabs twice a day and benedryl 25mg nightly. I have to take the benedryl because I get a histamine release reaction at night with all of my meds and it makes me itch like no tomorrow! I feel like I spend so much money on prescripion medications and I am getting no traction. Grr, ok I will quit ranting and look forward to seeing the different perspectives on what is considered adequate pain management.
DDD & spinal stenosis L4-S1 since 2001
30+ injections, PT, massage therapy, accupuncture, TENS unit, meds, etc but no surgical intervention
I am not a surgical candidate