Hi everyone. It has been a while since I posted but I have a quick question regarding leg pain and cymbalta. I had my one level fusion (L5/S1) on June 10, 2008. So I am 4 months out. The CT scan shows excellent bone growth and the screws and rods are still in the correct position. My problem is that I still have the same leg pain in my left leg. My pain management doc has me on 3 80 mg Kadian a day,10mg Norco for breakthru pain and Lyrica 130mg 1-2 capsules twice a day. He is adding Cymbalta now since he says it helps with nerve pain. My question is:
Anyone feel less leg pain due to taking Cymbalta?
I was on Lexipro but stopped that a few weeks ago due to the weight gain. I know the Lyrica is causing weight gain also.
I take way more Norco than prescribed and my PM knows that too.
I also have arachnoiditis. My last 3 MRIs have shown that and it runs all the way into the thecal sac. So maybe the arachnoiditis is he culprit here.
All I know is that since the sciaticahit me on St. Patrick's Day 2006 I have been suffering ever since. Had a laminectomy that didn't do a thing for me. Spent 30K at the Laser Spine Institute that didn't do anything either. Now I finally have gone and had the fusion and I still hve the leg pain.
Sure would love to hear some opinions here. Some spineys say (and my PM also) that the leg pain really ceased around the 6 month mark.
I also read that pain meds could be causing the pain. Like our brain wants the drugs up in the receptors so it generates its own pain msg to get us to take the drug.
Jeez-I want a do over!! Can I just be 25 again?? I was 54 on Oct 2.
Thanks to all,