Well, after my ACDF C5,6,7 (which I had thought 4,5,6) ten years ago, and my L5-S1 cage a cpl years ago, and my SCS six months ago, I've come full circle. I was trying to get off the narcotics and weaned down to two 5/325 Percocet a day when I realized my pain was still real and spreading.
No more mris allowed but a cat scan reveals neural foraminal narrowing due to spurs at every C except 3/4. This explains my numbness in the hands index and pointer fingers. Mainly the spur or scar tissue on C7 is attributed to that. Looks like epidural and increase again on the Percocet to at least 7.5/3/day. That seems to be where I was last manageable.
I am so depressed over this stuff. I can't believe its back and once again, no surgical fix.....pain mgmt only. I'm in a very dark place to perfectly honest and the final exit plan seems like a real option. I spent some time researching this and it isn't hat hard to do but preparing others is the hard part. I just can't stand being on the dope and I can't stand being in the pain either. No win here. When I was ten days into the wean down to only two, I stated throwing p and losing weight. Couldn't keep stuff in me and lost appetite too. If it weren't for a visit from a friend unexpectedly on Tuesday I wouldn't be in pain right now.
The SCS has not been as effective as it was initially either. It is still helping some, thankfully.
Yesterday I had to have an injection in my hand for trigger finger too. Second one in that joint and the last one allowed. Surgery is next. God knows I need a working trigger finger! Just kidding, that's too messy.
It just seems that I am destined to hurt no matter what and I'm just losing the drive to fight anymore. It's a very lonely dark place. My condolences to all of you in this space as well.