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edited 12/26/2014 - 5:53 AM in Pain Management
I am seeing a new pain doctor on January 2. This new pain doctor will work with y current pain doctor to try to get the best result. A little background- I had a C1-C2 fusion January 24, 2013. Occiput.-C2 fusion October 21, 2013 and a partial hardware removal and a fusion extension to the C3 on October 24, 2014. I have had severe chronic pain since surgery #1 but finally have a pain doctor who wants to help me which is half the battle! I am trying to stay away from opiates and am currently looking into injections however I wanted to see what has helped others? I recently got started on Lyrica, get acupuncture and some gentle massage and that's it. My precious pain doctor forced me off opiates otherwise that would be on the list. Opiates hae never really been my friend because I usually have severe side effects. What has helped you?


  • RFA's ( radio frequency ablations), nerve ablation, all might be something to consider. Nerve related medications may be an option, but I'm sure that the new pm doctor will have suggestions of their own, based on what they feel is best for your condition at this point.
    Good luck with the new doctor.
  • I have had 3 back surgeries on my L4 & L5 since 2011 they are now fused. I have no feeling in my left leg and pain is constant. It is now starting in my right leg. My Dr said I have nerve damage that can never be fixed. I have had epidural shots with no help, take meds 4 times a day and I'm 39 with 3 young kids!! They won't to put in a stimulator but I'm scared, but I'm also to the point of hoping it will work. Any info would help
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