I am a 40-year old mother of 2. I've been suffering chronic back pain (back, buttocks, hip) since the birth of my second child almost 3 years ago. The doctors diagnosed me with DDD. Had one set of injections, RFL, PT and Chiropractic - with no relief. Confirmed severe disc tears (discogram) at L5/S1 and L3/L4. The Ortho said he wouldn't want to operate due to fear of no success, 2nd opinion with neurosurgeon...he reluctantly said he would fuse L5/S1 (but wouldn't help L3) - and his opinion is that it will ruin the rest of my back within a short time. So I'm SOL pretty much.
So it looks like a life of pain medication for me. The trouble is that I am terrified of spending the next 30-40 years on narcotics. Yet - nothing else is touching the pain. Any suggestions for surviving this? Can I stay on hydrocodone or another narcotic for years and years and years and years? (Tried tramadol too, but left my Rx at home during a trip and literally thought I was dying from the withdrawl).
Not taking the medication if not an option for me. I can't sleep at all without it (pain is bad at night). When I don't take anything in the AM - I have the kind of pain that literally is making me crazy (and mean). That is not an option with 2 little ones.
I have pretty crappy insurance, so I don't want to spend hundreds of dollars talking to even MORE doctors about this. So, can anyone share their experience with their pain meds?