Hi, I am a 44 year old woman. I had c3,c4&c5 fused with metal and bone 4 years ago. The surgery was a total success. In fact I came out of the OR with NO pain!
2 years later my lower back started hurting (no specific reason). I went to my pain specialist as I did before my neck surgery. He did a procedure where he ran radio(something) into my back to kill the nerves.
Since that procedure my pain has worsened significantly and I have almost constant muscle spasms. The pain runs from my buttocks down the back of both legs. The left leg pain ends before the knee while the right leg pain ends mid calf.
He ordered an MRI after I finally went back to him this month. He read the MRI and said nothing was wrong and he couldn't help me anymore!
I currently take naproxen RX 2x a day
gabapentin 300mg 3x a day
methocarbamol 7**mg 3x a day prn
ambien 10mg at bedtime prn
I have tried pt but couldn't take the pain. I was on hydrocodone and flexeril and my new md took me off them because the hydrocodone was addictive and the flexeril could be abused.
I have never abused my meds and they didn't work anymore than the ones I am currently on do.
I have been very depressed and bone tired. I still work my 40 a week, very poorly. I am constantly moving for my job. My thoughts are getting darker as is my personality. All I can think about is my pain and before I do ANYTHING I ask myself...how much will this hurt.
I am going to a different Dr. Monday to ask for stronger meds and a referral to a neurologist.
Any insights, helpful hints or words of encourgment are appreciated.
Thanks in advance,