Wow, first of all Welcome to the Nuthouse...ha ha...Seriously, we have all been where you are. I have had 2 back surgeries, been on multiple pain medications over the years, thought I was an addict until I came here. We all have problems when it comes to pain meds...some of us control it better than others. Mostly we have all reached a level of tolerance to them. It is inevitable that we have to increase them, and sometimes our families don't understand... What to do? Live your life the best you can.
So many people are getting laid off or let go now...That is a National epidemic. How old are you? Can you do something from home? Like on the computer? I hate that you are going through such a rough time...But we are here for you. You can come here to Vent, scream, ask questions, or give advice...we are not Doctors, But we do have a vast amount of experiences to access.
Everybody here has a story to tell...Now, that includes you. Someone else will come along with their problems and you will be there for them. It helps to know that you can help someone else. It makes you feel better. At least you can somewhat forget about your own troubles for a little while...
I don't know anything about Neurostimulators, but my own PM is talking about it for me...I don't think I like the idea, but whatever works. right now I am going through some other medical issues. I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes on March 16, 2009...That is fun fun fun...Chronic Pain and Diabetes don't go very good together... They seem to aggrivate each other to the NTH degree...So far I am trying pills, but I don't think that will last long...Insulin is next...
So, I may not have helped you that much, but I do want to say hello and welcome...Come back, we all help each other.
I hate Boats!!!!
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/15 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1000 mg. at night..Glipizide 5mg. 2X in the morning
Bordercollie2, Greetings and welcome to the forum. This is a great place for encouragement and support. I hear so many heartfelt emotions coming from your post. The pain, the loss of a job, the stress on the family, depression, feelings of not being the provider, uncertainty about the future and the list could go on. As PAlady already shared, I am having an implant on 6/1. Maybe we could get them done together and get a group discount?
As I mentioned the emotions and issues, I want to address several. the first is about you and your family. You don't say who is in your family but being open with them will help them understand which will help all of you. This support is so important to keep open and honest. You may even need to have outside help from a pastor or counselor. As per the implant. I hope your doctor has been truthful and real with you. What the doctor and the rep from the maker of the implant shared with me is the SCS is not a magical cure and has its limitations. They told me that what I experienced during the trial should be the expectation I should have after the implant. For me, this is not a cure but something that will help reduce the amount of pain meds I need to use to function.
I hope the best for you and if I can be of more help, please let me know. I have been dealing with CP for 11 years and have tried many different options but the feeling that the options are limited changes the way you think about things. Keep us informed as to how you are doing.
Bordercollie2 I too welcome you to our family here on Healing Well.
All of us here have dealt with so many things regarding Chronic Pain. It can affect the best of people, brings out the best and the worst in all of us. I think the best is that we become more compassionate towards all others, the worst is the pain, mood swings, depression, and the feeling of being alone.
Here you can show the best and the worst in yourself. I believe you will find some advice that might help you with you struggle. If not at least you will find you are not alone with dealing with problems.
I wish you the best
I too want to say welcome to Healing Well. We are always sorry to see another person come along with CP, as there just seems to to be so many of us these days. However, we all are very grateful to have this forum to come to and relate with others that have been there and done that, or are getting ready to.
I have suffered with CP for a little over 20 yrs, its been on & off a few times and before we always managed to tame it enough for me to keep working. I am on SSD but not for CP but for crohns disease which is a whole different ballgame. But, the CP reared its ugly head so bad that I now have an intrathecal pain pump. I have a crazy system that does not tolerate medications of any kind very well and we ran out of options with me in the medication game. So, in June of 05 I had a pump impanted. That is why I ended up with a pump. I now have a new pain mgt dr on board and she is totally awesome. I have been more active in the 4 months that I have been her patient than I have been in years.
We all go through the grieving process of losing our jobs, our financial security, loss of income, loss of friends, sometimes it feels like we have nearly lost our lives so to speak. Its very hard to make a comeback from all of that, but it can be done, but it sure is not easy. It took me many years sorting thru the crap and I also had the help of a wonderful psychologist. Its an incredible journey with alot of speed bumps along the way.
I do hope the stim will give you some decent relief, at least something that is livable. Take care and I hope you will come back and hang out with us. Susie