I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!
Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)
Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV
Hysterectomy at 25
4 laproscopic surgeries since 24
Cervical stenosis in C3 & C4
Meds - percocet 3x day : nexium : xanax :
Supplements : calcium : magenesium :potassium : milk thistle : fish oil : B complex : vit E
In the United States today, there is a pervasive tendency to treat children as adults, and adults as children. The options of children are thus steadily expanded, while those of adults are progressively constricted. The result is unruly children and childish adults. ~Thomas Szasz
I just wanted to let you know that there is another person out here that is thinking about you during this difficult time. Do you have a Spinal headache from the procedure? I had one after each of my C-sections, and after my intrathecal pump trial and it was the worst headache I have ever had (and I suffer from migraines that have put me in the hospital), and I had terrible nausea too. I literally had to hold my head up with my hands to walk to the bathroom because I felt like I had no muscle control.
It took some time, but the good news is that it was temporary.
I hope that you are feeling better real soon.
As far as the paperwork for disability, I truly believe they are hoping you will be so overwhelmed by the paperwork, that you will give up, but we must persevere!
I am so sorry, this is happening to you. One of my friends had a reaction similar to this, she finally got through the side effects and in the end it did help the pain. Hopefully, there is light at the end of the tunnel SOON, sending you a big warm tender hug(s)!!!!!!!!!
Post Edited (Pamela Neckpain) : 3/26/2009 10:28:37 PM (GMT-6)
I hope you got you got your meds all straightened out! It is weird the affects they can have on you!
I hope you also have a wonderful wonderful!
I have had a couple of epidural injections and a caudle injection. The first one was okay, I was pretty young and hadn't had any surgeries yet. They gave me liquid valium and it seemed to work for a little while. The second one was after a surgery...several years after. I had so much scar tissue built up that the Dr. said it was like trying to put a needle in a block of wood. He said "Never again". They wouldn't even give me a sedative!!
So, I don't have to worry about having that done again...
We are all in the same boat...unfortunatley it seems like it's sinking...
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome
Hemi Lamenectomy/Spinal Fusion(Lumbar)
120 mg. Methadone daily /15 mg. Oxycodone as needed
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin 850 mg. twice daily (so far)
Well, I read my last e-mail back just now and again I sounded like an idiot. My Ambian must have kicked in or something. Who knows these days. Sometimes I swear that they substitute some of my pills with "stupid" pills just for fun. I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter. We had a little Easter egg hunt at my house for the grandkids (ages 2 1/2 and 1 yrs. old) It was a hoot! Isabella was just bopping around picking up one and then another. Ethan, the younger one had no idea what he was doing but he had a good time anyway. I had a wonderful Easter suprise.....I was laying on the couch and one of my crowns on my teeth just fell out into my mouth! Now, I've had both knees replaced and spinal surgeries and many other nasty things done to me but nothing compares, for me at least, like going to the dentist! With the Sjogren's Disease my teeth are dying and the thousands of dollars I have spent on dental work I couldn't even add that high. Now one just fell off and into my mouth! I hope and pray that he can super glue the thing back in but tht would probably be too easy for it to happen to me! And, the 2+ pitting edema is back in my legs up to above my knees and I haave that "winded" feeling again around my epigastric area. I took 40mg. of Lasix and it didn't even make me run to the bathroom like it usually does! I feel like a toothless blowfish! Oh well, at least I didn't swallow it! If the thing starts hurting I think that I'll get down that really old (probably 8yrs. old) bottle of Whiskey that I have. I bet it has aged to perfection! :) You can see how much I drink! I hope everyone got a wonderful day today.