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crnko82ccrnko82 Posts: 3
edited 11/18/2013 - 2:52 PM in Pain Medications
I had gastric bypass over a year ago and have lost 160 lbs. Whomever said that losing all that weight would help my back is full of crap. I think it hurts worse now. The surgery rendered me to be unable to have any anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) and I can only have steroids by IV so they dont burn a hole in my little pouch stomach. I also cannot take time-released pills anymore.
Here is my issue: I take 2 Norco 10-325's a day (when I am working) and about 4 on Saturday and 4 On Sunday (every six hours). I can drive on them and I go to work and school on them. Because of my back problems I have built up a tolerance to Vicodin, now the Norco is starting to not work anymore. I feel like a loser and an addict because it seems these past weeks I cannot live without them. I am in so much pain its insane. I wear a support pretty much 24/7. I use ice, heat and try to stretch as much as possible, but to no avail now. I cant take time off work to see my surgeon until after Thanksgiving. I am sure when he sees me he will want to put me in the hospital for pain management so I can lay still enough to get an MRI accomplished. Its like, I am damned if I take the time off work, lose money and possibly get in trouble for taking more days off or I can just ignore this pain and hope to God that i am not doing Irreparable damage to my back.
I don't even know how to ask for help...
Should I call and ask for Norco to hold me over until I can get off work in December? I am unable to get anything stronger without a paper prescription. I know if this is a "flare" its going to take IV steroids, Dilaudid and Valium to settle everything down. Has anyone ever done that on outpatient? Just gone in for a few hours to get the IV and pain meds?

Any response is helpful. I feel that you all are people I can talk to on this since you have been through it. You wont judge me and you know the emotions that come with this. Thank you so much.

Severe Lumbar Spinal stenosis (congenital) with DDD
2008 Micro Diskectomy L4-L5
2009 PLIF L4-l5
2010 Broken Vertebra L3
3 days later - Removal of hardware and Re-fusion L3-L5

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Severe Lumbar Spinal stenosis (congenital) with DDD
2008 Micro Diskectomy L4-L5
2009 PLIF L4-l5
2010 Broken Vertebra L3
3 days later - Removal of hardware and Re-fusion L3-L5

"My Legacy is not up to my genes"


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  • Crnko82
    You have medical issues don't ever feel.bad about needing meds. I hate the way pain patients are treated by many. They are there for a reason.
    I would ask your doctor about the following

    A pain patch med. There are several and the medication is absorbed by your skin to avoid your tummy.
    A nsaid patch that works the same way. A doctor gave me samples one time and wanted me to try them and let him know if worked. They did work it was easier for me to take the pills but the patch did work.and was developed for cases like yours.

    Just some ideas, there are options out there.
  • I know it's only a temporary fix, but do you have access to a swimming pool? The warmer water works best, but get some swimming noodles and put them under your arms. Dangle your legs and just float there for a while. It allows your spine to relax and feels like heaven for me.

    Rick is spot on about asking for patches. You may also want to see if they will compound a cream for you to use. NSAID creams do work for folks and does not hurt your stomach since the medicine is applied over the painful segment.

    Good luck!

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
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