This is my first forum/post, : /
I'm looking some advice on my situation.
On my 18th birthday nearly 7 years ago I had spinal surgery. During the surgery I have to titanium rods inserted at either side of my spine and 19 screws and pins screwed into my vertebra. The surgery went well, they said if I hadn't got the surgery my spine would have snapped because I have two discs laying on each other with no support. The problem is I'm in more pain now since I had the surgery and my consultant said it is because of the two discs. I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and I have arthritis of a 45 year old. Because of the nerve damage I am on Lyrica which over the years I have reduced down from 350mgs twice a day to 75mg once a day. The doctors want me on a higher dose again because my nerve damage has got worst and I get pins and needles and my legs and arms go dead. But I refuse to.
Also for the past 12 years I worked my way up the pain medications until I reached Bupan (Morphine) patches a year and a half ago. I started on 15mg/hr until recently they put the dose up because my pain has got worse. I admit I am afraid of becoming addicted to these but the worst thing is the side affects. I work in a hospital Monday to Friday 9-5. I can't afford to miss any days at work. My pain isn't as bad but I'm too tired, my head is spinning, my eyes and body keeps shaking, I have extremely bad migraines and I feel wiped all the time. Does anyone out there have any advice for me ? Have u had the side side affects or been on these partly he's before?
I'm only coming 25 years old and the doctors said I shouldn't be working, I'm not allowed to drive and that I will be on medication and be in pain for the rest of my life. Or I could get the rods out and there's a high percentage that I will be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life.
Thank you for listening. I would appreciate any advice at all.