OK!...We just got back from the PCD!
Seems that I have possible nerve damage to the sacroiliac joint, and could be, because I waited to long to have the fusion surgery according to my PCD. He pressed me to have it two years ago, but I put it off, so that I could get my business sold first.
My Dr said there is a good chance, that I will be on pain meds for the rest of my life now.
I hated to hear this, but he also said that I still have a chance to improve over the next few months, since I'm still considered as recovering from the surgery.
I showed him my inner thigh on my right leg, where it is still swollen and also the groin area...both are very tender to the touch. He said it may take a year for the swelling to go down, but that it looks like I also have nerve damage from the surgery. This I already knew, and can live with. As long as I leave that area alone, it does not hurt much, but if I mess with it, like scrubbing it during a shower, it is very painful.
He will take over my script
s for meds now, but with a new twist. Here in this part of KS, they are very strict with pain meds and writing script
s for them. We had an Idiot PM here that was just convicted on several counts of Murder, as several of his patients overdosed on pain meds. The government is coming down hard in all states now nationwide. Since it is very hard to get into one of these Pain Clinics in this area, many of the PCD's are now doing their own pain management, but having the patients sign a contract like the PM's.
I signed one today, and have no problem with it at all. He upped my meds to X4 a day now, but kept me on the same strength of med. It is marginal, but I would rather be on the low end of the meds, and have room to go up, when, and if needed.
Hydrangea, to answer your question, The surgeon fused my spine, and it appears that it is doing well, but they are not responsible for long term pain management, especially if you have nerve damage. Generally my surgeon cuts a patient loose after six months, if they require long term pain management.
I will have to say that my PCD is not happy with the type of work that I do, and asked how much longer before I could retire. He said that the job, and my health, or lack there of, was not a good mix for one with back problems. I have to agree, but have no choice at this time. All I can say is that, my wife and I are working on the problem, and hope to have a solution soon.
I see my PCD again in sixty days, and he will see if an adjustment is needed at that time.