As a career Soldier I am not used to complaining about pain. I have had multiple broken bones, terrible lacerations, crush injuries, you name it and in most cases I had to wait until I returned from my mission to receive treatment if I didn't just take care of it myself. Before I start I have to say that each day I see Soldiers returning from the battlefields around the world with real injuries and no corrective surgery to help them. But they I most cases drive on and live the best they can. Others sadly end their own miserable existence on their own terms.
In June 2011 after years of back pain the Federal Government's Federal Drug Enforcement Agency under the Department of Heath and Human Sorrow decided that the drug Darvocet which had been used successfully to treat pain for at least 20 years was a "bad drug" and removed it from the market. As I have terrible side effects from all other similar drugs I panicked. What could I do about my back pain without the only drug that helped.
I began to research surgical options. I began with a fusion of the C4-C6 fusion which to my surprise helped greatly. Then came the real decision Lumbar Fusion. I consulted with the same surgeon over multiple MRIs, CT Scans and X-Rays. Looking back I should have been more cautious and corrected only the L4-L5 disc which was the most problematic. However, the exams showed degenerative disease in most of my lower spine. So like any fool I asked the surgeon for his opinion and did not obtain a second opinion. Result complete fusion from L3 thru S1.
When I woke up from the surgery my legs felt as though they were under so much pressure they would explode. It has been two years and I still have severe pain in my left lower leg and foot. I am going to a different doctor this month to see what my options are. I can only pray for some relief. 30 years in the military is nothing compared to the last 2 years of hell.