I know it has been a while, but do any of you remember me? I wasn't doing well at all the last time I was here. That continued for quite some time. I had a brief period where I was feeling slightly better, but that ended quickly.
When my PM doc switched me from Lyrica to Topomax, I begun experiencing nausea, loss of appetite, and weight loss. And some foods I used to love are just gross to me now. But it seems to be helping me more than the Lyrica did, and losing some weight would probably help my back, so my doc recommends actually staying on it for now.
I'm going in next week for a consultation with a surgeon that my PM doc referred me to. I have no idea what to expect. I want this pain to go away, or at least reduce significantly, but the thought of having surgery terrifies me. It has been thirteen years since my last surgery (when I was seventeen). I'm having such a hard time keeping up with everyday tasks, such as my job, financial paperwork, housework, etc. I've also been wanting to design more jewelry and list it on Etsy, but it's hard to find the energy at the end of the day. Having to plan and run a major event at work last week really did me in.
I'm really, really scared and overwhelmed right now. I worry that I will lose everything if I don't get better soon.
Scoliosis fusion w/rods (92); herniated disc (96); partial removal of rods (97); microdiscectomy (97); sudden inc. in pain (08); tried the various non-pharm treatments and currently take the following meds: lyrica, baclofen, vicodin, topomax, tramadol, welbutrin, ativan, ritilin.
I design jewelry to distract myself from the pain: www.beadedrelics.com