I'm relatively new to the forum & I thank all of you for sharing your stories & hopefully you can help me. I'm a 38 yr old female with severe chronic pain. My diagnosis is as follows: low grade spondylolisthesis; herniated l5-s1 & c3-c4 disc; total l5-s1 disc degeneration w/ degen in l4-l5 disc; scoliosis (7° upper, 14° lower) w/ rotation; severe osteoarthritis l4-tailbone; & stenosis. I've already went through 6 rounds of epidurals & 1 round of facet injections as well as PT. SCS & fusion surgery (one or other depending on new xrays) I'm being told is my only option.
My issue is that even with the diagnosis' my pain level is hiring the ceiling in which i am told to take Motrin. The fact is that it doesn't touch the pain. Most days I can't get off the sofa. Added to the fact that I don't want surgery just yet. I based my decision on research of new medical evidence & findings as well as others people's experience.
It's it wrong to ask my Doctor(s) for narcotic pain med as part of pain management? Is there anything else that I can be doing?