I'm looking for what my fellow sufferers suggest for my next step.
After my injury I had a c4-5 fusion. still had pain.
took many meds while it was determined i have nerve damage.
went to pain clinic where they did edsi.
they did trigger point shots
after much time and suffering and lots of different drugs i did fyntanyl patches, when they got too expensive
i went on regular dose of methadone. gradually i cut out all the other meds.
the pain was still there, but now with over 2 years of seeing them they lost interest in me as a patient.
they charged lots of fees and doctor fees even though i did not see a doctor in over a year.
i found another doctor. his goal was to get me off methadone. so
he had me do a facet block - it was pretty good but only lasted a week
then he tried a nerve ablation. it was painful. for two weeks i was in more pain that before.
he gave me methadone, gabapentin, and oral steroids. during the week of drugs
was the best i felt.
after that the ablation pain area subsided, but i've been left with pain above the original area and down into my arm that is just as bad as the original pain. so he i've let him do an epidural to attach the arm pain. so far nothing.
look, i'm all for getting off the pain pills too. but this is a lot to put my body through. do i ask for something like morphine to help mask the pain or just go through endless procedures until the pain makes me go crazy.
i told my wife I'm one step away from going to the hood and buying illegal drugs. for those that have been in this spot, what have you done? What do you suggest?
Surgery c4-5, many epidurals, many different drugs.