Hi everyone, missed you all
I've been gone awhile (again). Last time I posted I flared up horribly and had a CT/Myelo last month. Everything looks okay for now. I haven't been told to start therapy. I was about to, but then I started crashing.
I was on Torodal for a week, because the Neurontin wasn't working and the pain was unbearable. I eased up on the antiimmflammatory, but went back to square one once I stopped. It's against the law to be on it longer than a week.
I suffer with arthritis everywhere, and I spent the last 3 weeks in utter hell smelling like a medicine cabinet. My muscles where so tender in the shoulders, neck, and forearm , and could barely walk because of the the knees.
Right now I'm on steroids again and naproxen. I was switched to a 2 day schedule of Fentanyl 50.
I guess my question is, when do you know if you're recovering like you should be? I went thru this same thing last year with the microdiscectomy. I was told I'd feel so much better; the surgery was technically succesful. I just want to know that I'm not setting up for the last scenario again. I am hopeful and realistic. I was offered another stim trial if my pain from this TLIF 11 weeks ago doesn't take the pain away like it should. I was also told that my facet joints were a mess, and my hemangioma was left alone in fear of making things worse.
I know the back pain will always hang around. They are wondering why the nerve is still so irritated. Is there such a thing as chronic sciatica?
The only thing I can do is be patient and hope for better days. Take care, all of you, my friends