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
Post Edited (White Beard) : 4/4/2009 5:31:25 PM (GMT-6)
Just know that you are not alone..I,too have had a Lamenectomy (L3,L4) in 1999, and Spinal Fusion (L3,L4,L5,S1) about 3 years ago. I'm not sure how true it is, but I think it's pretty accurate that people usually have more then one surgery.. I wish I had waited on the fusion, then maybe I would have other options right now...like Disc Replacement..instead of having to take all these pain meds.. (ohhhh,that would be nice!)
And, another thing we have in common is that I had (not anymore) friends that would steal my medication and leave me in pain without a thing to take... It happens sometimes. But why do u let your husband take yours? I understand he might make you feel bad if he's in pain, but have him go to a Pain Management Clinic like the rest of us...He should think about YOU for a change..
Sorry, but I know what it's like to go without because of others.
I was pleasantly surprised by how easy the Lamenectomy was...I was up that next day. Of course it's much better now!! They do it outpatient surgery and you go home that day. The pain wasn't that bad either.. So, don't panic just because you don't know what to expect...
Good Luck with the surgery and hopefully it will take care of the pain in your butt (and I don't mean your hubby) ha ha ha
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
Type 2Diabetes : (March 16, 2009)
Metformin 500 mg. twice daily