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UranArtUUranArt Posts: 5
edited 05/18/2015 - 5:03 AM in New Member Introductions
Just wanted to say hi, looking to talk to people who are in the same boat or at least comprehend what we go through. I am in my mid 50's and 5 years ago was in a serious car accident and had a compression fracture in my T area and a burst fracture in the L zone. No surgery was done and just tired of being in pain and hoping talking to others will be helpful. I try to live life as much as I can but as the years pass and the pain increases. I had a fusion to my C5/C6 about 20 years ago also and I thought the pain from that was bad, but boy oh boy I had no idea one could live in this amount of pain and not go crazy. I am on pain meds and they work just enough to keep me sane. Anyway I am starting to ramble so Hi.

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    Has your doctor been monitoring your spinal situation since car accident 5 years ago?

    Does your primary care doctor prescribe your pain meds or are you seeing a pain management doctor?

    Are you seeing a specialist?
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  • Hi, well I have been to pain management clinic and they and my doctor came up with my current dosage. It is a very high dosage and the issue is as most know opioids are not effective over time. My new dosage is I have been on approx. 14 months. The issue was I was on Oxycontin and the price was supposed to drop but then the drug company pulled them, changed the formula a bit and extended the patent and I could no longer carry the cost even with my drug plan. I am on Morphine now it is not as good for pain relief but has other benefits it is a 1/10 the cost, not as groggy as i used to and the pain is more but my mind is clearer and I have more energy.

    Now my Orthopaedic Surgeon knows that my spine is slowly compressing more with age but the options are surgery which after my spinal fusion is not something I would even consider at the moment but I am sure at some point I will have no choice. I am able to get around a bit with the help of a cane and trying to adapt to my circumstances the best I can. Also I am still fighting with my auto insurance company over this matter which just adds unbelievable stress.

    I think with anything that causes a major change in your life it is trying to learn to adapt to it. I have just changed my primary care doctor because the one I have had for the past 25 years just retired and it is bringing the new one up to speed without overwhelming him. I am just hoping to talk to others in a similar boat and see how others deal with day to day life without going mad. I was not expected to walk after the accident and the fact that I can I count myself very fortunate. The seven days I waited to find out the outcome were the worst seven days of my life but the fact I came out of it walking I try not be to down about it all.

    P.S. I just want to say I deal with it most days and am a fairly happy guy and like most some days are just really hard. I refuse to let it ruin my life.
  • makenammakena Posts: 16
    edited 05/19/2015 - 5:35 AM
    at my age I can't deal with the pain sometimes but reading through your text, I feel like I should wake up every day and move like no man's business...
    don't let it ruin your life for sure....
    All the best...
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    That's good you have PM doc.
    My PM doc started treatment by telling me he will be rotating my meds , every year or so, so I do not become resistant to any med...and can go back to using it at a later date.
    I was happy for that plan since I probably have many years to manage this pain.

    There is a post on this site about...like going through stages of grief...as in grieving life as you knew it, bringing one around to acceptance of life and limited activities that usually accompany the pain control. Very good post.

    Also, a post called.....the blend.......for helping many of learn to cope.

    Using the.....search......on this site, upper right on page....typing in your questions and or concerns......can lead you to those and other older posts, articles and videos that may benefit you.

    You are not alone!

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  • Thanks for the reply and I will follow what you recommended
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