as i have read some of the numerous posts from people, there seems to be one common theme, depression. my pain doctor has a psychologist in his office and this guy works in concert with my pain doctor to treat depression in chronic pain patients. there are also meds that can help with depression. remember it is not the pain that causes depression, it is the circumstances with pain that causes it. for example the inability to work, or do family things, or loss of friends and on and on.for people who have problems coping with chronic pain i would suggest making an appointment with a chronic pain psychologist. he works specifically with chronic pain and depression and he also can dispense meds that can help with depression. one still will have chronic pain but along with the psycologist and the meds, depression can be easier to deal with. so ask your doctors or pain doctors for a referral to a chronic pain psychologist. it can not hurt and maybe your inability to cope will be less of a problem
I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.