First some history. I am in my early 30s. About 16 months ago I got back from a long road trip and sneezed, "throwing out my back" if you will. This has happened a couple times in my life prior. I have been able to rest and it recovered over a month or so.
Well, this time was different. The next morning I was getting out of bed and had my very first back spasm. Some of the worst pain I have ever had. Not knowing better, I just loaded up on ibuprofen and went about my work day and life with a lot of pain. Over the next three weeks the spasms got worse to the point that at 1am I had to call 911 because I couldn't move and was having trouble breathing due to the spasm. Paramedics came and found me in the fetal position struggling to get pants on. Talk about embarrassing.
At the ER, they loaded me up with Valium and Dilaudid, and it took a good two hours for pain to be manageable for me to walk. Was sent home with more Valium, and Percocet, and Prednisone for the inflammation. Within a couple days, I was mobile, and within a. Couple weeks, I was back to 70% and could manage pain with OTC meds.
This lasted a few months, but in the fall I was bending over and felt it go again. Wasn't as bad as last time, but still pretty bad. Went on a dose of Soma and T3, along with steroids again. Within a couple weeks was back to 80%.
Then in January this year, same thing happened. Was bad enough that I had to get Percocet. Except it has only gotten back to about 65% and by the end of the day I am usually in a fair amount of pain.
Had an MRI done and the lowest two discs show a little bulging. Never have had pain or numbness in my legs fortunately, just tightness and pain in my lower back. Tried physical therapy but didn't help much.
Since earlier this year, I have had to take 1-2 T3s and one Soma every evening to get through the night with enough rest to be ok the next day. I even got a new bed and an additional vehicle that was more comfortable for longer trips and getting in and out of.
Well, a few weeks ago I had another episode. The acute injury clinic got me more Percocet, while I still had the last dose of T3 from my primary care doc (they share systems and I've told each what meds I have been on).
Now for the frustration. I am fairly certain I have been labeled as a pill seeker after today. Two weeks ago when I meet with the spine specialist, she took me off the Soma because she said it is habit forming. She gave me a 14 pill rx for Percocet and a referral to a special physical rehab person, and an rx for Robaxin.
The Robaxin doesn't work for me as well as the Soma did. Just knocks me out and I don't wake up feeling much better. When I called today to have them refill my Percocet until I can see the pain management clinic next week, they said they don't do that and I should contact my primary care doc for any refills. Well I did, and unfortunately he wasn't in so his backup, not knowing my situation, contacted the acute injury clinic and I was told they are not filling any more rx of anything because my films were negative (even though they show bulged discs).
So now I am struggling with a sub par (for me) muscle relaxant and otc pain meds that do very little. Since everyone shares systems here, I am anxious that even if I have another horrible spasm episode and have to go to the ER, I will be questioned about the pain.
So I'm not really sure to do.
For those that read all of that, thank you. Any input or suggestions or questions are welcome. I feel a little better just venting.