Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 4/9/2010 1:11:28 PM (GMT-6)
Johnny, I'd have to agree with Screaming that you will probably have a hard time finding a doctor to prescribe you stronger pain meds do to your job. I was never able to get proper pain management meds until I quit working do to working around moving equipment. Have your doctors considered something for nerve pain such as lyrica or neurontin? Some of your pain may be nerve related considering the disc problems in your neck.
Do check more about the surgery your doctors have recommended. Before my cervical fusion, the shoulder and arm pain along with tingling & numbness got unbearable. There was a time when I lost complete use of my left arm before my fusion but with the help of PT I did get that back. Has your doctors suggested physical therapy or any type of injections? Normally surgery is a last resort thing only after you have exhausted the non-invasive treatments. Normally, insurance companies will require them before surgery also.
Let us know how things turn out for you. Oh, yea, welcome aboard!
Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 4/10/2010 9:28:18 AM (GMT-6)
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