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Got "The Talk" At Last Appointment
I've had pretty much nothing but complications from a variety of contributors since my fusion surgery...from scar tissue, to intolerance to physical therapy, to now possibly being allergic to every single metal in my spine...it's been an adventure, and not one on which I had EVER envisioned myself going.
At my last appointment (to discuss the possibility of the metal allergies/set up testing) with the surgeon's PA, I was told I "we" (got a mouse in your pocket, Doc?
) need to "think about weaning off the meds". This was after I filled out the update form about the fact that I'm experiencing a recurrence of the issues I had with the scar tissue (terrible spasms, pain down both legs, saddle anesthesia, etc.). Ummmm...HELLO MCFLY...there's still a problem in Houston!
I have weaned off the Percocet (not too bad) and Valium (bad) already, and I am paying for it. Nightly. I need to save whatever I have left for class nights, as I usually look like an upside-down "L" when I get out of the car upon getting home. Last night, I had a severe charley horse from my mid back all the way down my left leg that kept me up most of the night. It feels like I have a huge, painful weight in the center of my back which usually radiates down both legs, which I suppose I should be grateful it wasn't both last night! I gritted my way through it, thinking that if I'm going to be "cut off", preservation of what I have is the best way to go. I'm still on the OxyContin ER twice a day, so depending on how things go with this whole "we need to wean you off meds" issue, this will be the only prescription for which I'll be asking for a refill. I don't have a whole lot of hope that they'll agree to it.
My husband always calls me his "tough cookie", but these last week or so of not being able to relieve the nightly spasms doesn't make me feel so tough!! I'm tired on top of being systemically sick from the lack of sleep. I'm now being tested for autoimmune disorders--first one the doc mentioned was Lupus, and will be getting a thyroid ultrasound next week because it is pretty swollen on the right side. ALL of these disorders could
be traced back to metal allergies!! The research is astounding on the subject, really.
I'm just at a loss. Thanks everyone, for always being so kind, and for being the kind of community that I'm very proud and grateful to be a part of...
Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
Firm believer in PMA!