My first back operation was in 1984, partial Laminectomy L4-L5, same thing in 1987. I have had flare ups since but nothing that time didn't seem to heal. In 2009, I began to have problems again, but this was something differnt. With my L4-L5 problems, I could not stand up straight, walk or sit without severe pain. This time, once I get up and get going I'm ok for the most part. It's when I'm lying down that I have pain. I had an MRI done and it's the L3-L4, the buldge is perfectly cimetrical, however, 95% of my pain in on my right side, buttocks, calf, foot. The worst part of it is that I can't sleep, it's changing me, I can't concentrate, I lash out and I'm depressed. I have had 4 spinal injections, they did help, but quickly wore off. The doctor I'm seeing now says the best way to go is a laminectomy, disc decompression, blah, blah, blah, I'm sorry, he had some other word for it but I don't remember what it was. He said that he would cut away half of the Lami to gain access to the disc. I've been prescribed Tramadol, Gabapentin, Naprosyn and Ambien. None of this really helps, I just feel sick to my stomach most of time.
I have repeatedly asked for opiates from my primary care, pain managment and my orthopedic doctors. None of them will prescribe them for me, maybe it's just as well, but I've gotten hydrocodone's and oxycodone's from friends. It does take the edge off way better than the others. When I asked am I the only one, I mean it two ways. Does anyone else have pain from lying down and does anyone else have problems getting prescribed opiates? Lastly, should I just get this operation done or is there any chance at all that this will go away on it's own, it's been a year and a half now. Thanks and God Bless