I don't remember where I left off with my last update, so I apologize if I'm repeating myself a bit here.
I had a consultation with a surgeon a several weeks ago, who recommended that I have my current fusion extended all the way down to the sacrum. I haven't made a decision on whether or not I want to do this yet. I spoke to my pain management doctor about it, and have scheduled an appointment with another surgeon for a second opinion. I'm leaning toward yes, but I can't shake the fear that I will ultimately end up in more pain after the surgery than I am now. The first surgeon is convinced that the risk is minimal versus the chances of it improving my condition. My pain management doctor is suggesting surgery because he's concerned about me having to take pain medications forever, but while he's suggesting it, he's not insisting on it and is letting me make my own mind.
Along with my other medications, I had been taking 7.5 mg vicodin 3x/day, but my pain level has been increasing over the past few months. My PM doctor thinks it's a combination of worsening back problems and increased tolerance to the medication. He switched me from 7.5 mg vicodin to 50 mg Nucynta 4x/day. It helps a bit more than the vicodin throughout the day, but hasn't been working as well when my pain level spike. My next appointment with him is next week, so I plan on discussing it with him then.
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Since I take several different medications throughout the day, I've increasingly been having trouble keeping track of whether or not I've taken one of them already. What system do you use to keep track of this?
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.
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