I am new to all of this I a very tired of living in chronic pain. Normal people do not understand what I go through on a daily basis. After reading the letter from a person living in chronic pain it brought tears to my eyes. That is me he was talking about! Hope I can get some support here. I had cervical fusion back in February 2012 due to herniated discs. I have artificial disc put in C4 and c5-c7 fusion. The fusion did not take so my surgeon wants to do another surgery. I am on workers compensation and they will not approve the surgery as of now. My pain management doctor wants to try a spinal cord stimulator but was refused by workers compensation. I am currently on a fentanyl patch and take oxycodone as needed. I have a very low tolerance to any medication so I live with nausea and occasionally vomiting. I take zofran and promethazine for n/v but have side effects from the promethazine. I also take lyrica. I have a hard time with constipation I am currently taking amatiza for that but still sometimes go 5 or more days without a bm. My pain is constant and ranges from a 8-10 depending on the day or time of the day. I also have a lot of other diagnosis of spine (DDD and other) which I think is causing pain also. Just sitting up in a recliner causes my pain to increase. I stay in bed a lot because being up increases my pain. Within 5 minutes of being up I can feel my pain increase. I also have a hard time eating due to nausea and lake of appetite (feeling like when I was pregnant). I drink ensure and try to eat small amounts through out the day. I have lost 36lbs since the being of my journey and continue to lose. I am 5'11" and only weigh 131lbs. I feel like I have good doctors taking care of me just need authorization for treatment. I am here to try to get support and understanding with my pain.
Thank you for having a place that we with chronic pain can go to.