My wife has back pain that started five or six years ago and progressively worsened to the point where she lives with severe pain 24/7. She's had Epidural Shots, PT and a Radiofrequency Neurotomy Procedure done. She started her journey by using Hydrocodone, kept progressively taking stronger pain meds and is now doing two 30 MG Morphine Sulfate every five to six hours. The morphine does help a little shortly after the tabs are taken, but it doesn't last that long.
To date, nothing has really worked and she won't consider talking to a doctor about surgery. However, after the Radiofrequency Neurotomy Procedure, that failed, her doctor is now trying a different approach. He wants her to start Aquatic Physical Therapy, Acupuncture, Psychiatric Treatment, and using a new, additional Antidepressant and that's why I started this thread. For those of you that are suffering from "SEVERE" chronic lower back pain and have been for quite awhile and have tried one or all of the three treatments, or others not mentioned, what were the results.
I ask this because I suffered just like she is now and I went through all the stuff she has except for the Aquatic Physical Therapy (I did do regular PT three times) and the Psychiatric Treatment. For me, none of it worked including surgery and I eventually ended up taking 600 MG of Avinza (time released morphine). A year after the surgery I started having a life again so I'm not sure if the surgery helped or it was my drive to do things (projects, etc) while in pain.
Anyhow, I curious what your feelings are about the three new things the doctor prescribed because I have very little faith in them working and if there's other things that have worked that my wife hasn't tried, I'd like to know about those..