Hi. I have gone from an active, athletic, happy person to a life of barely hanging on each day.
Every lumbar and sacral area is fused or herniated, arthritic SI joints, partial foot drop seems permanent after 2 major neurological episodes from closing off of foremans from arthritis or something. The surgeries gave me some feeling back and some mobility but not total. The pain eased up a couple months, then returned.
The pain is unbearable from under the ribs in the back to the hips and butt and down the leg into the foot.
There is a problem with the cervical discs...3 of them,resulting in pinched nerves, however they only flare up several times a year for a week or two so that is bearable, I know when it comes it will go again, all I have to do is cut out my sewing and crafting and reading and other irritants, but it will resolve.
At this point in time I am begging the doctors for something more for relief from the pain, but I think the laws are putting fear in their decisions. I am allowed 120 10 mg oxycodone per month and 2 10 mg baclofin a day. That is it! They seem to be more and more reluctant to prescribe that. I have no history of abuse or medication seeking,.
I've tried PT twice in the past year, the first time the therapist was trying to build up the lost strength in the leg too soon after surgery (the nerve needed to heal) and ended up causing 2 weeks of painful spasms that took me back to bed.
This time the therapist keep pushing on my back and trying to "loosen it up" in the fused area, saying it was too stiff. I stopped going, but not soon enough, I am in so much pain I literally don't know what to do right now. I have had 2 toradol shots this month but they didn't help. Will have MRI Friday to see if she damaged fusion or hardware with the pressure on the area.
I'm sorry this is so long. My pain management doc doesn't seem to care, ice and heat and tens and meditation are not helping. Any ideas? Am I on an appropriate dose of medicine? How do I live another 20 years like this?