I joined this site about a week ago, but have not yet posted; there are a lot of members (sadly) and a lot of information to navigate through. I want to avoid being overly wordy on my first post...I could easily do so being that my back problems date back to 1992. I am thankful that there is a site for people like us; after all, this isn't something that friends or family can possibly understand. I am a 50 year old woman who was diagnosed with herniated L4/L5 S1 when I was 28. With much regret, I opted for my first lumbar laminectomy w/ fusion in 1997. The surgeon botched things up so badly that I had to have a second surgery 14 months later--this time the new surgeon implanted rods and screws to stabilize the spine. Anyway, long story short, I had been living on pain meds since before the surgeries.
I finally had a morphine pump implanted in 2000, which enabled me to get off of all the oral meds. I gained a sense of alertness I hadn't felt in years. However...there is a downside that has been, and continues to, ruin my life. Although opioids have a sedating effect, recent studies have shown them to act as a stimulant during sleep time. They do not affect everyone this way, but they do me. Regardless of when I go to bed, I wake up every 1 1/2 to 2 hours as if an alarm went off. It doesn't matter how tired I am. The doctors have prescribed Ambien, Klonopin, and others, with no success. Tonight I am trying Trazadone for the first time. This has been happening for over ten years now and I'm at the end of my rope. My quality of life has been greatly reduced and I am painfully exhausted.
I guess this is only relevant if you have one of these pumps implanted. It is a continuous drip, and there is no way I can turn it down/off during the night. Well, thanks for reading my post. I wish you all a restful night's sleep. ~Susan
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