Hello Pauliegirl! Welcome to the CP forum!
I'm going to jump right in here, and say that when I read your post, it was very alarming to me! In fact I read it several times, and your reply was equally alarming!
First off, can you tell us a little bit more about
your self? 12 to 15 surgeries on your neck or back area? WOW! Can you tell us what led to those, and what they were for? Did you have fusions done? Epidurals?
Can you tell us what pain meds your PM has you on? I'm asking these questions, so that the membership can better advise you or point you in a better direction.
I just had a double lumbar fusion done on L4-L5, L5-S1, and am in my 5th week of recovery here. I cannot imagine having all of the surgeries you have had.
I realize you want to get back to your career, but it seems that your health should be your first priority. If you are having so much pain to the point to where you are passing out, you are way under medicated.
How often do you go to your PCD? And I'm a guessing he is aware of this pain?....to the point you are passing out?
Is your PM clinic one of those that only does injections, and passes the buck for your pain meds onto your PCD? Something does not sound right here, as most PM's will want to see you at least every two months or if not sooner.
Have you looked at the Pain Pumps?
I'm so sorry for all the questions, but I think we need more information in order to help you here.
I feel horrible for you, and hope that you can find some relief soon. It sounds like you may need to find a new PM or maybe a PCD as well.
Right now I have more questions than answers for you, and again I apologies for this.
I can tell you from my own personal experience, that working, and heavy pain meds are a tough way to go in the work force, and many company's will not allow it, and have a zero tolerance policy concerning it.
I have tried pain meds for over 6yrs and it showed on my daily performance. In fact my supervisor told me that if I didn't get something done soon, I would not make it. I had been there for over 32yrs, and had a reputation, and was often referred as one of the members of the A-Team. As soon as I started the pain meds, I quickly went down to the Z-Team, and I hated it.
Of course living in pain, is a nightmare in it's self! Yes, we do understand your plight, and sympathize with you. Many of our members have similar stories, so your not alone here.
I wish you the very best, and if you can , please do tell us more about
You certainly came to the right place for help and understanding that is for sure. Many of our members have an extensive knowledge in many areas of Chronic Pain and the causes of it.
We also have several veteran members here, and I hope they will be along soon to advise you as well. I'm willing to bet they will have many questions as well, so you may as well start with some of the ones that I have asked here.
Good Luck to you, and please check here often for replies, and do keep us informed of your progress.
PS: We also ask our members to read the Chronic Pain 101 article that has been posted by our moderator (Chutz). There is a lot of good reading there!
and please do take the time to read the forum rules when you have the time.
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5, Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion March of 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.
Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 4/13/2010 11:31:32 PM (GMT-6)