This will be my first post on the forum and am looking forward to hearing from everyone on here. Anyways, Im 25 years old and have been going to pain management since I was 19 due to a disc herniation at l4-l5 which pressed on spinal nerves causing severe pain in the lower back and legs. The surgeon who diagnosed me said he wont operate on me because of my age and my only option was pain management.
After many years I decided I wanted to follow my dream of becoming a pilot but unfortunately pilots can't take 40mg oxycodone/day. So I went for a second opinion with another surgeon. When I told him I didn't want to take narcotics anymore, he asked me why I waited so long to have surgery. Ugh because the surgeon at the orthopedic institute said I was too young. I was blown away by this. Within 4 weeks of seeing the second surgeon, I was on the OR table to have the prodiscL, artificial disc implanted.
The surgery went well with minimal blood loss and decompressed nerves. My hospital stay was 3 days and by that 3rd day my pain was at a 5 for the first time in years with no leg pain, not even a tingle. Around day 5 I started noticing pain shooting down the back of my legs to about the knee even worse than before. Now I am 12 weeks out from surgery and having severe pain at the location of the artificial disc. I cant even lift a gallon of milk without consequence. I told my DR. that my pain wasn't under control and he added mscontin 15mg er and Neurontin.
Now the pain in my back has become worse than before and Im regretting even having the surgery. Also instead of just a little numbness or pain in the leg, now my left leg goes completely numb to the point of falling, as well as urinary incontinence.
I don't know what to do, Im 25 years old, I walk with a cane and am in excruciating pain. Im just too young for this and it has made me very depressed. I feel like I have the pain of a terminal illness just without the end in sight.
Sorry for the rant I just have no one to vent to. But long story short my Pain DR. wants to switch me to dilaudid tablets instead of the Percocet, but after surgery I was on IV Dilaudid and it didn't even help as well as the Percocet. I don't know much about medications and have a dr appointment this Monday and want to talk with him about altenatives to dilaudid. I guess he wants to do an opioid rotation, but why change the med when its the only one that has ever gave relief? What options do I have medication wise instead of Percocet or dilaudid? And also are there any better alt. to mscontin because it seems to provide no relief. The next step is a spinal cord stimulator but im very weary of it. Somebody please guide me in the right direction. I am in so much pain and have to find something that works better than my current regimen. Im at my wits end.
Thank you for any replies.