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chronic back and leg pain

I am joining this forum because I have had 6 spine surgeries......2 cervical and 4 lumbar....decompression surgery at L45 and L34-----A Fusion with titanium at L23 (TLIF)and a removal of a ganglion at level 4-5....I was never able to get off the percocet after my fusion surgery...I feel like there is something in there that is causing the continuing pain....it is getting worse causing more intense muscle spasms and stabbing pains in my groin and down my legs, particularly the left leg.
Right now I am taking Percocet 10/325---4 per day.....morphine 30mg 3 times day....muscle relaxers, antidepressants, blood pressure medicine, and others also,,,,, I have had to add in some Ibuprofen to lengthen the times between pain meds....I also take Lyrica, which I don't think does much and cost a fortune.... i am on medicare and the price of the pain meds have tripled in the last month!!! They are covering almost none of the costs...minimal at best.
Anyway......I am wondering if I should consider another surgery, since the pain is not improving.....I also have scoliosis.....I found a surgeon who says he can go in and put rods and screws in L2/3 3/4 & 4/5 ....to help straighten my spine....He says it will be a really bad surgery ---I will feel bad for a year and he cannot promise an improvement in the pain levels......I am strongly considering it because the pain levels have steadily risen over the past 2 years.....I forgot to say I am 65.....and so very scared....my life has become about watching the clock for my next pain pill.....the pain is mostly burning, but if I do much at all I get the stabbing pains in weird places, so I mostly sit. which I hate....I am a type a adult with add..


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I have had 3 spinal surgeries and with everyone the pain has been made worse .the last one was the big one and my pain and leg and feet problems have gone through the roof .my consultant has ordered a fresh MRI but unless I have anything life threatening I am not having any more spinal surgery as the chances of pain relief is nil,,my advice to you would be the same I am an upbeat person but the last two years have half killed me .and its the only time in my life that when I have gone to bed I have not been bothered if I don't wake up the thought of dealing with intractable pain for many more years doesn't set my soul on fire ....only dread ..17 years of pain ten years of only 2 hours sleep a night and at least ten years of intractable pain has kicked my but ...I can't believe how much life its taken from me . take care and think about your next move ..remember surgery wont get rid of your pain
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
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