Hello and best wishes to all suffering.
I've had 6 x spinal surgeries (mostly fusions and redo's) since 2009, plus a 3 week hospital stay to detox off large doses of opiates. I was prescribed a different regime of opiates and stick on pain patches at the conclusion of this. Why people take Ketamine for kicks is beyond me (the detox program uses Ketamine). Never hallucinated that much in my life, but, that's another story in itself.
I'm involved in litigation with a neurosurgeon at the moment. I have a lot of trust with the new neurosurgeon (he's done 4 of my surgeries).
I live in constant pain, done the pain management thing, done the everything that you are required.
My pain and mobility has been a problem, but, I've managed. Don't know how, but, I do. Life as an knew it disappeared. I have no life, but, I try. It's frustrating, but, I try.
I was advised recently by my neurosurgeon that I need further surgery, but, he is worried that it will cause me more problems as in, end up in a wheel chair. My dilemma is that the Pain Management doctor believes that he can reduce my pain by 33.3% 1/3rd) if I have surgery.
If my neurosurgeon is worried, but, my PM dude believed he can reduce my pain. Who do I listen to?
I understand that this is ultimately my decision, but, constant pain and mobility issues isn't easy (I live on my own with cleaners etc doing the housework).
I know that I'll never be 21 again (I'm 47 later this month) and have been described as having a spine that is "very rickety and like an 85 year old man).
Your thoughts and thanks for replying.
More titanium steel in me than a modern car.....