I am a long term Chronic Pain sufferer, with five artificial Joints and others failing "as I click" due to severe degenerative arthritic process. I’ve just had my first Spinal Procedure a successful C3/C4 Fusion (just a week ago), from which I am having good healing process with. The symptoms there at Shoulder level of electrical shocks, and others elsewhere are “seemingly at least”, being alleviated (which is great news)!
For instance, I had lost the ability to raise my arms, button shirts, put on a shirt over my head, or feel my fingers or thumbs).
Much of the sensation are back in my hands and fingers, arms are doing better The Spinal Stenosis Fusion w/plate and scrws shoud be the solution for that level, and seems to have relieved the troublesome symptoms, for the most part.
Now back to Chronic Pain?
I am about where I was symptomatically, (with severe Chronic Pain affecting my life many hours every day) as I was before the "spinal stenosis".
That was not a good place!
I was, and now again I am again "desperately" trying to manage "unmanagable pain" in the low back every day!
The pain is far beyond what my very conservative "Pain Management Doc" can understand of course.
How could he, or she, or anyone of them possibly, understand the overwhelming and incomprehensible effect of such chronic Pain, without having actually experienced it for themselves?
I know many of you can, and do! How though, can that “understanding” be conveyed, or can it?
I know I did not understand it, before I had experienced it myself, no matter how I tried (when my own Father's pain) was so very serious he wanted to end his life! Thankfully, Father he did not have to endure it that way, for too long!
For my own pain presently and for years now, I am anf have been "Past the Limit of what very strong Pain Meds/Pain Management Practice can ever prescribe or administer (on a monthly prescription basis). All of this caused by severe case of Degenerative Arthritic Disease of the Lower Spine, of which Docs have told me is the worst they have seen in a many my age 61, or any they have tried to work with, and CT-Scans, X-rays, MRIs, of the past and more recent all confirming these conclusions .
What else can be done?
I do not want more Meds... I do not even want the Meds I have today, or the Chemical Dependency (addiction) which the Fentenyl Patches and Percocet have induced in nearly 8 years of Prescriptions that were all meant to help, and did.
I am in ”so desperate a condition” and long have been, that I have considered other means of "ending the Pain" which I will not discuss here (except in personal massages). I am not in imminent danger!
No not try to rescue me, please! I am well-connected to support, thanks and know how to utilize it..
Does anyone know of procedures that work beyond the "already tried" Injections of the Spine, or the "already tried" Nerve Ablations?
I have heard of Nerve Stimulator Surgical Procedures, Pain Pumps (which 'Ive heard less that good reviews of)!
What else is "out there" anyone, that may have helped you or others? What else might also be "helpful” in alleviating my Severe Chronic Pain (for the conditions described)? I am “all ears, and open-minded”!
I do not want, nor do I need “more Meds”, I am sick and tired of them, (as we all are)! I would be happy to be free of them forever, but not by suicide! I want to Live, “pain free” as much as is possible, like everyone else! I have too much to live for, and will not hurt my loved ones, the way I know suicide does!
Solarsoul (AKA Dennis Sowell)