Because of Osteo arthtitis, I had to go through TKR on right knee on 12/11. Recovered from the surgery, but no relief from pain. Surgeon did not comment about the failure or success. I never went back to him. Now, I am dealing with another type of pain: back pain. MRI showed herniated disc, bulge disc and spondelysis. It seems pain is increasing every day and coming from all sides: knee and back. Going to pain mgmt doc. Getting pain meds Percocet 10/325, 2 tab every 6 hours and other long acting narcotics. Problem with long acting is I cannot tolerate them. Tried Oxycontin, MS contin 60 mg, Duragesic, Dialudid. Just gives me abnormal feeling. Only percocet seems to work. Since, this is the only med work, often I run out early. Sometimes doc prescribe early, but the pharmacist refuse to fill it earlier then its due. I go through hell. However, I want to get off the med; but the pain is unbearable. Recently, got epidural and radio frequency something. Don't see any result. Pain is even worse. Its affecting my entire life and work.
Getting depressed and lack of sleep making even more depressed. What should I do now? Don't know where to turn. Now, I see why people committ suicide. I feel more when the pharmacist comments that I got hooped up pain med. Am I really addicted to pain med?
First: Knee replacement/No relief from pain, then Spine problem. Herniated disc, Bulge disc. Done epidural, Radio freq. No relief. Pain comes from all corner