Thank you for not taking offense to what we, as a group have said to you. I hope that having your wife handle your medications temporarily will help you get back on track as to your dosage schedule.
I am not an addict, in fact have never been one, but have lived my life surrounded by them, so I do have some experience dealing with them. I don't mean for any comments that I make to be harsh or
judgemental, because they aren't but come from a place of caring , and one of concern.
I hope that you will take the advice that Ry and PAlady have given you, and use it to start on a journey of managing your pain, and getting a handle on your addictions.
The poster who mentioned using many modalities to manage the pain is correct. There is NO pill that is going to take away, 100% of the pain, all of the time.
So , using ice, heat, rest, massage, PT, chiro, and any of the other modalities out there, may add to the relief that you find in the medication.
I would LOVE to have a time when I didn't feel pain anymore, but realistically, I know that is not going to happen, so the best that I , most of us can hope for
is some balance between keeping the pain levels in check enough, that it allows us to live our lives as best we can.
It may be that you have to give up quad riding. That may be one of the reasons that you still suffer pain as you do. Or maybe you will have to limit the surfaces that you ride
on......and yes, you will grieve the loss of the things you used to be able to do, versus what your new life will be like....but you will get through that.
I just wanted to wish you the best as you head down this road, use the resources out there, to help you stay on track, and manage your pain and your life.
You have every reason to get well......you have a wife that obviously loves you enough to stand by you through this, and is willing to help you, however you need her to.
Best wishes to you,
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..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.