I am 7 months out from posterior revision fusion. My original fusion broke on one level, the facet joints "disintigrated" (according to the surgeon) and the instability caused the disc above the fusion site to give out. The revision was very, very painful, but I thought it was going to help in the long run.
Instead, I am in muscle spasms so severe everyday that they spike headaches which push against my eyes and make my skull feel fractured. Sometimes my entire neck swells up.
I have an MRI and Cat scan scheduled so they can see if there is an infection or fluid build-up or something going on with the muscles. My bloodwork showed a very high sedimentation rate, so they thought this was one secondary indicator.
Meanwhile, I have tried every pain medicine commonly prescribed and none relieve the pain -- and most of them cause the headache portion of my spikes to get worse.
The muscle relaxants often do the same -- I end up with a headache all over my head, not just back of skull and behind my eyes.
I just recently was given Opana to try for pain and it had no affect and also made the headaches worse. I learned this after only two doses.
I tried morphine in the lead up to the surgery and it didn't work, but I am thinking of trying it again. I have heard that over time some things that didn't work in the past may work later.
Does anyone have any thoughts on pain meds or muscle relaxants? So far, I have tried Percocet, dilaudid, norco, nucynta, opana, vicodin, morphine, and many others. Usually I am only able to take a dose or two before I realize it is making the headache pain worse.
For muscle relaxants, I have tried zanaflex, valium, soma, skelaxin, robaxin, klonopin, and a few others I can't remember. Same thing. A few doses and the headache becomes worse.
As a result, I have a vast amount of full bottles of useless medications. I feel like this is the best I will ever get and I can't imagine living my life this way. The spikes last longer and longer, begin to calm after about 6 days, and within about a day a new spike starts again.
I have also been to physical therapy, which consistently triggered severe spikes (which never happened during physical therapy after the first surgery), and to acupuncture. I use ice, which gives some relief, and I use heat daily as well. Right now it is like a ticking time bomb.
I really think my life is over at this point. Does anyone have any suggestions of what to do?
Sorry for the long post.