Hello, so finally figured out the problem with my back/leg/foot. I have 2 herniated disks, arthritis throughout my back and a pinched nerve. After 4 steroid injections, physical therapy, chiropractic work, exercise and pain management meds (I am on lyrica, oxycodone, OxyContin, etodolac) and having nothing alleviate the pain, in scheduled for surgery this Monday to shave the disk off the nerve and hopefully be out of pain. I am currently taking 10mg oxycodone 5x/day, Lyrica 75mg 3x/day with a double dose in the evening, etodolac 400mg 2x/day and OxyContin 15mg at bedtime. In wondering if the surgeon is going to give me additional pain meds after the surgery. My issue is even with all the pain medication I take, nothing is working anymore. I've been taking this dosage for over a year and my pm doctor has never raised my dosage to compensate for tolerance. I'm scared that the surgeon won't give me any medication because I'm already on so many meds. Anyone have experience in this? Will my surgeon give me additional meds in a higher milligram to take care of my pain? Some days, when the pain is intolerable, I double up on my meds (which according to my pm contract I'm not suppose to do, but I'm desperate ). Are surgeons required to issue pain meds after and for surgery? Since my surgery is coming up, I had to stop taking my etodolac due to thinning of the blood and my meds without it don't do crap unless I take a higher dose, which I've been doing so in going to run out of my meds before my next scheduled appointment. I'm already near the end of my bottle of OxyContin (3 pills left) and only have about 30 oxycodone left. This won't get me through surgery, at all, and I'm so scared I'll be in tremendous pain. Anyone can tell me what surgeons do after surgery if you're on pain management? Thanks!********************************************************************************************************* Welcome to Spine-Health
It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,
Here are some questions that you should answer:
- When did this first start?
- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?
Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
of your situation and make it easier to respond.
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It is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). It is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have areI’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?
Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways its like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then its up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.Specific comments :Personal Opinion, not medical advice :
--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 06/21/15 15:04 est