I have a prescription for percocet 5/325 which wasn't helping helping the pain unless I took 4 of them and I still wasn't sleeping more than 2 or 3 hours. My doctor switched me to 5 mg valium to see if that would help me sleep, I took one at a time an hour apart, until finally 3 helped me get to sleep. This was without taking any percocet.
My doctor seems to think one valium at night and one percocet during the day is okay, and it does nothing. I have a month until I see the spine specialist for the first time. Do I just keep telling my GP that the pain is still too much until I get what works? I've never been in a situation like this, I never take anything more than advil, and I've been toughing this out for 11 years now. At this point, I can't be up walking around for more than 20 minutes before I have to sit down, and it is so excruciating that I will lay down on the sidewalk if I have to!
I had my first MRI last week which said advanced degenerative disc and facet disease, Modic Type I endplate changes, protrusion, annular fissure, bulges, etc, etc, 2 pages long. It seems pretty bad to me, but the most my GP would say was the results were "significant" and that's all he would say. I've been dealing with pain since 2002, just managing it best I can by sitting as much as possible, but that doesn't work anymore.
I'm just so exhausted, this constant, unrelenting pain is slowly wearing me down. I haven't worked in six months, and I don't see any real light at the end of the tunnel. My family history with back issues is awful, my grandfather had surgery at 45 (my age) and he never walked right again.
Thanks for listening.