Hi all. I found your site, looked it over and decided to sign up. I'm looking at this as a opportunity to gather information, experience from others and maybe most importantly, as a way to not feel so alone in the world in my dealings with pain.
Per the "what to post as a newcomer" sticky, here we go. I'll try to be brief. I live with a few things; cartilage repair in both knees, FAI (Femoroacetabular impingement) in my right hip, recent full rotator cuff repair in my right shoulder, and a handful of issues in my lower back.
I've been going to a pain management clinic for my back since 2011. That year I fell resulting in a severe compression fracture of my L3 and herniation of the discs above and below. Through the course of treatment (MRIs and CT scans) some congenital challenges were discovered. Stenosis, facet degeneration, lateral and axial scoliosis, osteoarthritis. Lots of intense lower right back pain, and on/off pain from my right buttock down to the heel of that foot. My right leg also goes numb if I stand up for more than about ten minutes. The numbness was what originally made me decide on surgery.
Pain meds have varied over the last four years, and ranged up and down. I'm currently cutting back every month for my own personal reasons. Prescriptions I take now are; 10mg oxycontin ER twice a day, 10mg oxycodone four times a day and 350mg SOMA twice a day. The further I cut back the more I can feel the pain. Just trying to find a balance of "quality of life" and not dealing with medication side affects/tolerance buildup.
I've had pretty much every injection they offer, radiofrequency ablations, physical therapy etc. I finally had a micro-discectomy at L3-L4 in Dec. 2012. Felt a lot of relief as soon as I got up from recovery and the ten days following. On the first day I could drive a pizza delivery kid rear-ended me at 40mph while texting. Immediate pain and the subsequent MRI showed the trimmed disc was protruding worse than before.
Also have a lot of very bad hip pain from the FAI. My orthopedic surgeon said a hip replacement was somewhere in my future. For now I'm treating all of the pain as a package. I'll probably look into, or ask questions about injections for my hip.
I think some of these problems are congenital. My mom struggles with a lot of arthritis and inflammatory problems. At 55, I've got a lot going on with arthritis. During my rotator cuff surgery the surgeon decided to open it up a bit and get as much of the arthritic buildup out from under my acrimonium as he could. He said it was loaded.
Some of these problem are probably exacerbated by a lifetime of power lifting and physical activity outside of work.
I'm really trying to find a good balance. Pain meds don't fix the underlying problem but do make them tolerable. The down side is that under the most perfect conditions everyone will build tolerance. I don't want to think about how much medicine I could be taking at 75 or 70 if I tried to stay ahead of it that way. Losing some weight, stretching, trying a little yoga, meditating for relaxation are all part of my regimen.
I'm looking forward t learning a lot from here.