I am a returning member, after a long absence. I had a PLIF done in Jan. 2008, on L5-S1. I was doing great, went back to work after 3-months, then severe pain in my butt, and left leg started.
Another MRI showed nothing my Neurosurgeon could find. I went for a round of Cortisone shots and got much relief from the first two, and no relief from the last one.
My question is this: I am taking Oxycodone 10/325 4 times per day, along with 50 mg tramadol 6 times per day.
I get some relief from the pain, but not much. I was wondering if there is a more potent pain reliever that does not make one sleepy. I used to take Hydrocodone, and I could work fine, but the pain relief was not enough.
I know everyone reacts differently to medications. Has anyone had experience with a more potent pain reliever without the sedative qualities.
Or am I going down a road I should not go. I do not want to be addicted to pain killers, but I do have to work, I have no other option.
Robert in NC