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TarpongirlTTarpongirl Posts: 2
edited 03/19/2015 - 8:59 PM in New Member Introductions
I am 62 years old and have had chronic lower back pain since 2007. Diagnoses include bulging discs at L-4 and L-5, spondylolisthesis, sciatica, arthritis, and spondylitis. Treatment includes 5 epidural steroid injections, hydrocodone, OTC NSAIDS, physical therapy, and a TENS unit. Recent rhizotomy wore off after 7 months. Am scheduled for a Sacroiliac Joint Block. Am told I am not a surgery candidate. I continue to use hydrocodone in increasing dosages. Am considering seeing a new pain management physician, as the one I see now does not spend more than 5 minutes with me and is difficult to communicate with.


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  • Hey everybody I'm new hear never really been on these forms and written anything have just read a lot I've been suffering from chronic pain in back and have disk degenerative Desiese for Years like 15 and have been on opiates for that long as well they first started me on oxy 80s when I had shingles on the side of my head I had gotten this when I was 19 very unusual for my age I've been having severe pain numbness and the feeling of my thigh being on fire and pins and needles and I'm on a lot of pain meds 3 100 MCG fentynal patches every 48 hours and oxy 80s and even with all this the pain in my leg upper right thigh is still unbearable most of the time my tolerance to opiates is through the roof and scares me sometimes I just seen my doc about this pain and he thinks its a very bad case of spinal stenosis do any of u think this is what it is I've been looking at the symptoms of it and I have all of them I read threads of some of u that have worse injuries then me and are on a quarter of the. Opiates I'm on for years now I've been wanting to reduce the amount I'm on and lower my tolerance so I don't need to take as much just going through withdrawals scares me bad and I think my past has a lot to do with how high my tolerance is I use to abuse opiates a lot 10 years ago every way injecting u name it but for going on 11 years now I don't mess with them at all I take them how they are supposed to be taken anyone have any feedback or thoughts of what's going on with my thigh it just is really bugging me the amount of pain meds I'm on is enough to get 10 peoplbrithe high for 2 days the pain in my leg started a little over a month ago and has been getting worse and worse to where it makes it so I can't do anything and my sleep really sucks do to the pain when I stand up it feels like something is ripping my thigh apart I'm pretty sure my doc is right I'm getting all my blood work and x ray done then if need so an MRI or ct scan witch I'm sure I need I'm guessing that once I'm diagnosed I will need surjary any feedback I would like or info on what you think I can do to help me with my meds and pain and mostly what's going on in my right thigh doesn't effect anywhere else
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