Hi there. I'm a 45 year old NZ woman, who has chronic pain caused by spinal stenosis. The stenosis (degenerative, with osteophytes) was caused by a failed lumbar spinal fusion after I broke my back in 1987. For years I had no pain at all, but then 7 years ago developed the degenerative condition.
I've had an escalating range of pain relief medication, beginning with codeine and tramadol, and escalating to Gabapentin, morphine and oxycodone (and with all the opiates my tolerance increased and they became less effective). I'm currently on Methadone (5mgx 2, every 4 hours) and Ibuprofen. I'm looking for non-opiate, long term solutions, as the prospect of surgery has been ruled out for me here in New Zealand and I can't afford to have it done overseas.
Any ideas (or just support) would be most welcome.