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6 months post surgical flare and incontinence

kazmistress28kkazmistress28 Posts: 9
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:50 AM in Chronic Pain
I have been down this road so many times...

I get back to working and within a month or two, my back is going through a major flare up. I can deal with the pain, but the bowel incontinence is really driving me crazy. I am afraid to even stretch in my chair for fear that something is going to come out! I have a fusion from L3-L5 that is ok and fusing great. This flare seems to be coming from L1-L3. I can barely keep myself from bursting into tears. I took two 10/325 Norcos when I got home and aside from making me a bit dizzy, the pain is still kicking my butt. I have built up a decent tolerance to the pain, as I HAVE to work and painkillers at work are a no-no. But days like this, the Norco just doesn't cut it anymore. Even though I only take the pain meds when it is really bad, I have still built up a tolerance to them. The strongest Norco is not doing it anymore. I don't want to move up to Oxy or Dilaudid, but it is getting to the point that I don't have much choice. I dont know what to do anymore. If you are in my shoes, what do you do?


  • Are you in pain managment yet? If you are not that might be something for you to ask one of your doctors for a refferral.

    I was on Norco for about 3 years before I was refferred to PM. Some days are better than others. Some days my pain is reasonably controlled other days seem like nothing works.

    >:D< Hang in there- it has to get better.

  • No i am not in PM yet. Doctor does not seem to think it is necessary. He is kind of a douche but a great surgeon. After he finally releases me from the last fusion I am going to find another doctor.
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