I was in a motor vehicle accident in 2000 which caused compression fractures to my L1 and L2 verterbrae. When I began in PM this was after 14 years of prescriptions of muscle relaxers, NSAIDs, other narcotics etc. I also suffer from peptic ulcer disease from long term use of NSAID therapy. I started in PM about 2 months ago after years of being looked at like I was a whiner or even less savory things. So for a very long time I either suffered in silence or just ate Advil like they were candy. The most recent MRI I had showed herniation/bulging of the three discs affected by my fractures. I also have severe lymphodema in my left leg due to an unhealed hematoma(Doctors speculate that this was where I landed when I was ejected from the vehicle). The lymphodema has gotten better since I had gastric bypass surgery and lost weight but still flares up occasionally, especially when my pain levels are out of control. My current regimen is (1) 25mcg Duragesic every 72 hrs (1) 12mcg Duragesic every 72 hrs and (1) 5mg Oxycodone every 6 hrs for breakthrough pain. With my current medications my pain levels are still at a 7-8 most days with it going through the roof if I am late with my breakthrough medication. Occasionally I get better times where I could all it is 6-7 but those are few and far between.
L1/L2 compression fractures due to MVA in 2000.