I kind of disappeared while I was dealing with some stuff. I had to stop the methadone and back on the Oxycontin , at least until we find something that is going to offer some decent pain relief and not so many side effects. Now, that I am back on the Oxy again, the one side effect that I had forgotten about is the sweating is back in full force. I really dislike it. I am going to have to talk to the PM about this, though, because it isn't a little sweating, it's alot, as in my hair is soaked and so is my upper chest.
I had to see the other PM in the office for a consult /recommendation on pain meds, and he added Oxy IR for breakthrough, along with Cymbalta to my regimine, until I see my regular PM again this month.
I have been dealing with unrelenting muscle spasms again lately. The baclofen is not handling them very well. I asked the other PM to adjust the dosage but since he added the cymbalta and the IR he wanted me to wait. I would have rathered that he do something about the muscle spasms than adding the Cymbalta, but he really wanted to do that first. When they hit, they take away my balance and almost knock me down to the floor, and they have gotten really bad lately. Ah well, I guess I will wait to see my regular PM in a couple of weeks.
They also ordered a motorized scooter for me. It took me awhile to wrap my head around that , but I finally got to the medical supply place. The guy there was a real jerk. He actually said to me, you might as well get a motorized wheelchair since you are going to wind up in one anyway within a year anyway.....now, that is true, but there are ways of suggesting something to someone, especially after you have been told that it took awhile to adjust to the idea of using a motorized scooter, without being insulting and demeaning. Anyway, I found out that they weren't covered by my insurance anyway. I was relieved since I wouldn't have gotten either item from him at that point.
I called my insurance and they referred me to a rehab company. This guy was so much nicer, more pleasant to deal with and actually took the time to ask questions about what I needed and explained to me why he was recommending both a motorized wheelchair and a scooter. He came to my home, evaluated my home to accomodate those things, and then made his recommendations. He submitted for approval to my insurance on Friday and by yesterday afternoon , had it approved. If you have to face mobility issues, find out if your insurance will refer you to a rehab company instead of a medical supply place because there is a world of difference in how you are treated and how they fit the chair or scooter to you, not you to the chair or scooter....
Anyway, they should be here in a week or two, depending on how fast the company who makes the wheelchair gets the chair to him. Oh, and the best part, is that they are giving me the scooter for nothing. It's nice , especially since my insurance is paying 100% for the chair, and it's a really expensive one.
Here are links in case anyone is interested.
http://www.permobilusa.com/browse.php?id=36 - It's a Permobil Corpus 300 chair.
http://www.invacare.com/cgi-bin/imhqprd/inv_catalog/prod_cat_detail.jsp?s=0&prodid=L-3XB&catOid=-536885289 - this is to the scooter.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..