I broke a disc L4-S1 5 1/2 years ago. It was misdiagnosed and I was put on steriods and cyclobenzaprine (had allergic reaction to) This went on all summer until I could barely crawl- finally got correct diagnoses and had extremely successful Diskectomy and at 8 week post op visit got GLOWING report from Dr.- that instead of recovering to only 80% of former functionality that he felt I would make full recovery in time!!!!! I was in NO PAIN WHATSOEVER!!!! Not even taking Advil!!!!! I am stubborn, determined and a pretty tough cookie for a girl- and a normal day for me was anywhere from 12-16 hours renovating a 200 year old farmhouse, completely on my own- no contractors!!!!!
ONE week after this great news I was at a complete stand still leaving a parking lot and a woman accelerated and rear ended me.It disrupted all the healed scar tissue and herniated 2 disks in my neck (which I had never in my life had a problem with)- I have had chronic pain, migraines, muscle spasms and unrelenting pain and permanent nerve damage in my right leg ever since.
I have essentially been on the same Pain Meds for the last 5 years 10 Mg. Diazepam and 3-4 Oxycodone per day. It's not working anymore and has reduced me to spending more days on a heating pad, portable Tens unit and inversion table if I am able to walk at all. I do mild stretching and moderate yoga and try to stay as active as possible so my muscles do not atrophy and I can maintain some stamina. It's had such a devastating effect on my literally every aspect of my life.
I don't want to be on all this crap anymore, yet I have no other way to manage the agony I live with even ON the meds.... Anyone have any alternative suggestions- I would love to have a good med or combo that will get me of narcotics... I can not live the rest of my life like this- and the fact that it is not working is telling me I have been on the wrong thing for too long.... PLEASE.... any thoughts out there?????