I have been diagnosed with DDD and 2 herniated discs in my lumbar and 5 in my thoracic. It started off as simple lower back pain, and evolved into burning pain all over my back. As the year went on, the inside of my elbows, arms, and back burn 24/7 and legs burn and tingle. On my MRI it said that there was a T2 signal increase at a point in my spine representing possible myelomalacia, but in the two MRIs I've had since then, this did not show up.
The pain is relentless, and as soon as I am on a dose of meds that helps it, the pain gets worse PERMANENTLY, like it spreads and intensifies, when I : have sex or sit. For some reason its these 2 things that precipitate the pain getting worse.
I am on 50 mg amitriptyline, 3600 mg neurontin, 200 mg tegretol, and 1000 mg parafon forte (muscle relaxer) but they dont touch my pain (not to mention I cant remember what I did 3 minutes ago). I am in a very demanding major at school (computer science) and have barely a year to graduate. I watch my lectures online from home and work at a standing desk. I cannot have a real relationshio because I cant have sex. The punchline is I am a recovering addict and cannot go on opoids (I really cant. Tried for a week and was addicted immediately). I tried a rhizonomy and the burning actually spread to my face and ribs (did not help my back). What can I do as far as meds or pain management?