Hi Just found this forum. Have had lower back pain for many years now-just thought it was from lack of exercise. One Sat. in April had to go to ER as pain was soooo bad. Had an x-ray of my lumbar spine was given 75mg of lyrica and something else with no relief. Was then given 6mg of dilaudid IM (am on 3mg 3x/day for chronic pain r/t MVA 15 years ago). Also had a post void residual done by ultrasound and was found I wasn't emptying my bladder(had been having hard time starting to pee for quite awhile but kept forgetting to tell my gp(pcp)). An MRI was ordered and I went home and threw up! Waited 4 weeks for the MRI-at 5am. Got the results 2 weeks later. DDD most of my lumbar with some stenosis. Was put on lyrica 75mg 3x/day and flexeril ?mg(for muscle spasm) at bedtime. My gp later increased lyrica to 100mg3x/day plus baclofen5mg 3mg3x/day. Again increased lyrica to 150mg and baclofen to 10mg. In that time-about 4 weeks I gained so much weight that pants that were too big now don't fit, I could barely pee at all and my legs and feet became very swollen. Plus memory loss, confusion and extreme fatigue. This is all totally unacceptable. He then gave me something to decrease the swelling. That made me even MORE TIRED, parched dry and hardly touched the swelling. I asked to be taken off everything and try some other things. He took me off the aldactone(for the swelling) and the baclofen(for spasm) and decreased my lyrica to 2x/day. Incresed my prn dilaudid to 3mg 3x/day and see him in a week. Needless to say I am in incredible pain in my back, across my buttocks down my legs(back and sides) and in my lower legs and feet. Waiting on a referral to a neurosurgeon(in this part of Ontario Cda can take months). So need some suggestions for pain control meds for when I see gp on Tues. Please-any suggestions appreciated!
Way over here in Canada!