My name is Sandy and I have 3 kids, 1 husband, 4 birds and a cat. I had PLIF 4 years ago thanks to a ruptured disc that snuck itself in around some trauma in my childhood and a stimulator implanted 2 years ago with the hopes that I could be med-free. Stimulator didn't work out as I planned so I'm still on Duragesic every other day and perc's for breakthrough pain. I also take klonopin but that's because I'm a skosh neurotic and easily startled, :P not because of any back problems. I was on more meds but I'm trying to weasle my way out of most of them if possible. I used to believe I'd have the surgery and then Whoosh! I'd have no more pain and therefore no need for them but I let my optimism (my doc called me naiive) get ahead of me.
With hubby starting a new job and his insurance not kicking in until way after my current Connecticut prescription is gone I suppose I'll end up at an ER hoping someone will take pity on me until I can go to a pain doc with insurance in hand because goodness knows I can't afford that office visit without insurance.
I guess I'm just a little blue thanks to all the unheaval of the move across country and mix-up with insurance dates and all. I'm glad to have found you all.