Who has had Neurolysis surgery??Pain Meds?Help PLZ??

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stayingafloat
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   Posted 9/10/2007 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
 
Have any of you had neurolysis surgery?  I am having trouble controlling the pain during my recovery.  The first time I had the surgery I had hydrocodone and it seemed to work o.k.  I am on hydrocone now and it the nerve pain is going right through the medicine.  I already spoke to my doctor and he will not up the meds or give me more.  It really makes me angry when they just say 2 a day is enough, when I can't even function because I am so miserable.  I have a pain Dr. the one who did the surgery, but he does not prescribe medicine, just my family md.  I don't know how to get comfortable while my nerves are dying and I need to come up with something because I still have another 3-5 weeks before they die.  If any of you have any ideas I greatly appreciate your input.  Thanks for reading.
~Afloat~
 
 
Chronic pain/Back Injury T4-T7
2-Radiofrequency Neurolysis Surgeries
(easy explaination:nerve deadening surgeries)
Depression as a result of the chronic pain
Fibromyalgia
 
"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly."
 
Buddah


mexximelt
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   Posted 9/10/2007 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I am so sorry, I have no answers but I know your pain.  Will the doctor at least give you something like muscle relaxers?  That would at least make you not so tense over the pain. 

stayingafloat
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   Posted 9/10/2007 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I talked to his nurse and she basically told me I am expected to just go by the prescription and deal with it, I am affraid I am not strong enough to deal with this without any pain meds. Thank you though I might be able to talk to them again, but she wasn't very helpfull today.
~Afloat~
 
 
Chronic pain/Back Injury T4-T7
2-Radiofrequency Neurolysis Surgeries
(easy explaination:nerve deadening surgeries)
Depression as a result of the chronic pain
Fibromyalgia
 
"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly."
 
Buddah


Lakeside
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   Posted 9/10/2007 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Afloat!
Sorry to hear you're currently "sinking" in pain....that's awful. I agree that some Flexeril would help relax you, but certainly your doc who did the rhyzotmy should be aware that you're so miserable. Call him again? And again...! Be a pest! That's what he gets for not helping you! You should not be in this much pain; it will hamper your recovery, as you can't get better while your body is sending out such severe messages.

I've returned to teaching full-time, as I was home on disability since last October....whew! What LONG days they've become! I used to cruise right thru them, but now, with the CP, it's a real challenge! I do get so busy w/ the kids that mostly I can "distract" myself during the day...but once home, I'm wiped out! My back is in flames & my psyche is "shot" from re-routing all that energy all day....I need to get thru to June, then looking @ a rhyzotomy @ L4/L5/S1 over the summer. Unless something else comes up, heaven forbid!

So keep being the squeeky wheel! Scream, yell, bellow---do what you must to make it clear you are not doing well & need some assistance!

You're, as always, in my thoughts. I worry about you!

~Lakeside
2 lumbar surgeries for L4-L5-S1 cystic tumor & post-surgical CSF leak complications. (Fall of '06). Central canal stenosis, severe degnerative arthrosis, grade 1 (21% shift) spondylolisthesis @ L5-S1 area, sensory & nerve function loss & radiculopathy in r leg/foot, on-going facet pain, sacral/illiac pain, lots of epidural fibrosis @ L5/S1.


stayingafloat
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   Posted 9/11/2007 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Lakeside,

 

I am really glad that you are back to teaching, I think the kids will definately keep your mind busy.  I think it is good therapy to be so busy, I want to go back to work, but it will be a little while yet.  I am proud of you for fighting through even though it's tough.  I wish you the best and I will be here if you need to vent, I know It makes me feel better.  Hope you have a great week.  Take care and keep on keepin on:)

 

 


~Afloat~
 
 
Chronic pain/Back Injury T4-T7
2-Radiofrequency Neurolysis Surgeries
(easy explaination:nerve deadening surgeries)
Depression as a result of the chronic pain
Fibromyalgia
 
"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly."
 
Buddah


stayingafloat
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Total Posts : 87
   Posted 9/14/2007 10:18 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Lakeside,

 

I was just wondering how you are doing?  I also have questions about teaching.  I am considering going to school for that, but I have anxiety about public speaking.  I think I would be o.k. with the kids, but I know this is something I have to get over if I want to teach.  Did you have any issues with public speaking?  Just hoping you could give me some insight.  Thanks, hope you are doing well:)


~Afloat~
 
 
Chronic pain/Back Injury T4-T7
2-Radiofrequency Neurolysis Surgeries
(easy explaination:nerve deadening surgeries)
Depression as a result of the chronic pain
Fibromyalgia
 
"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly."
 
Buddah


Lakeside
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 138
   Posted 9/15/2007 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi again, Afloat! Just noticed this note addressed to me, under a different post from you than the one I answered before...too funny! I guess we are becoming good friends & "thinking alike"!

To answer your question about fear of public speaking: it would depend on the grade leve, I would think. I've taught @ the college & high school levels, as well as my current elementary position, & "fear" only entered into the piture while I was teaching college (people are paying $$$ for your courses, etc) but it didn't last long. If you know what you're talking about & are well-prepared, as a good teacher is, you'll have no problem. People want to like their teachers, I've found. Your audience is usualy accepting & friendly---students want to learn & will be quite warm & receptive towards teachers who respect them, make lessons interesting & informative & treat them with kindness & fairness. I've never had a problem & I'm sure you wouldn't either, as you'd be well-trained & in charge of your subject matter. If you have the credentials, it's no more stressful than talking to a group of friends.

Go for it! We aging Boomers will be leaving classrooms in droves over the next few years.....there will be many many jobs aviailable. Teaching is a "calling" & you sound like you've been called! Answer it! :) You'll never be sorry!

As always, the very best to you as you endure your CP & recovery period. Be gentle to yourself.

~Lake
2 lumbar surgeries for L4-L5-S1 cystic tumor & post-surgical CSF leak complications. (Fall of '06). Central canal stenosis, severe degnerative arthrosis, grade 1 (21% shift) spondylolisthesis @ L5-S1 area, sensory & nerve function loss & radiculopathy in r leg/foot, on-going facet pain, sacral/illiac pain, lots of epidural fibrosis @ L5/S1.


straydog
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   Posted 9/16/2007 1:02 AM (GMT -7)   
StayingAFloat, so sorry to hear you are having such a rough time. I have had both my neck & back done and to be honest, I never experienced the kind of pain you are in. Thats not right for your pain dr to leave you hanging, then the PCP not giving you something stronger during your recovery time. I would go to an ER and I would do it after office hours. I would tell them what you have tod us and perhaps they can give you a script to help you out. The way you are being treated is just not right. Susie


stayingafloat
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 87
   Posted 9/18/2007 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello to all,
 
I am doing a little better, not trying to take to much meds due to the dr. issues.  I appreciate all of your care an concern.  I think I am going to try one more shot at nursing and if I do not get in, then I will probably finish my degree for teaching.  I am still uncertain, but something is still tugging at me for nursing.  I found a 2-year program at ITT tech and it starts in december, so I am not sure if I will make the cut, if I do, it is meant to be and if not I will go back to iupui and complete my degree there.  I appreciate all the encouragement and I hope you all have a great pain free day:)
~Afloat~
 
 
Chronic pain/Back Injury T4-T7
2-Radiofrequency Neurolysis Surgeries
(easy explaination:nerve deadening surgeries)
Depression as a result of the chronic pain
Fibromyalgia
 
"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly."
 
Buddah

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