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Twinks
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   Posted 2/9/2011 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
How can it be that when my pain is out of control and I take my pain meds that no matter how many I take I cannot get the pain under control. I took quite a few Norco the other night along with muscle relaxer and still could not get my pain under control.

Any suggestions?

Twinks
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   Posted 2/9/2011 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Also forgot to mention that I take methadone as well.

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 2/9/2011 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
can I ask how many you are prescribed to take at one time? 1-2 every 6 etc.
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   Posted 2/9/2011 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I take 10 mg of methadone in the am and 10mg in the pm. Then I have Norco for breakthrough pain and it says I can take 2 tablets twice a day as needed. 10/325




Failed back fusion L4, L5, SI - 2006

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   Posted 2/9/2011 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Please be careful on how many meds you take. It would be horrible if the one extra was one too many.

As far as the pain...I have a failed fusion too at the L5-S1. I could never get my pain under control at all until I had the last RFA. It took about three weeks and an added pain med, but that did it pretty well. I know I am no where near as depressed or stressed as I was before the RFA because the pain is less.

Also, please consider the heated blanket behind your back while sitting in a good recliner or other position that provides lumbar support.

I hope things ease off soon!
Failed fusion L5-S1, Pituatary damage, HGH Def, Fibro, Bladder surgery failure, Nissen Failure, GERD, OCPD, GAD, MDD, CTS (Bilateral Surgery completed), CFS, TMJ, Migraines, Vit D, A, Magnesium deficiency, Pre-glaucomic (sp?), HBP, Idiopatic Reactive Hypoglycemia, Edema, too many Drug/Food allergies, sensitivites, and current meds to list.

Twinks
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   Posted 2/9/2011 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
What is an RFA?

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   Posted 2/10/2011 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
 
 
     Dear Twink,
 
     Good morning :-)   It is good to hear from you. I hope you were able to get some rest and maybe even lower your pain somewhat. Have you called your doctor about the drastic pain increase? If not, perhaps it would be a good idea to touch base with him/her. Might be able to help.
 
     Our regular pain medications can stop working for a number of reasons. We can build tolerance to our current medications. Sometimes, we can develop a different type of pain that our current medications are not designed to treat. So, it would be good to touch base with your doctor to see if you need to add in something different, steroids.. what have you. You just never know, but one this is for sure. If you are feeling pain above and beyond what your current medications, then it means something more serious is happening to your body.
 
     Oh, before I forget here is some information on RFA....
 
 
     It was good to hear from you again. I hope your body will ease up enough for you to get some rest. Hang in there and stay strong!
 
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   dani

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And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood

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Twinks
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   Posted 2/10/2011 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the RFA information. I am having an epidural on the 23 and am going to ask about it. I will speak to my pain management doctor on the 22 when I see him again. Thank you for being so kind. I just hate having my whole body ache, I thought at 67 I would not have to endure this but then I had the back surgery and it turned my life upside down.

Twinks.

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   Posted 2/10/2011 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I know how you feel Twinks regarding turning your life upside down. I have had three failed back surgeries and cannot do any of the things I used to. Even after 10 years it still bothers me cause it seems that it is putting a lot more stress on my marriage.

Anyway, I have had the RFA done twice and it did not work for me, but don't let that stop you from getting it done. Each procedure works different on each different pain patient. My husband had a steriod shot to his right ankle that he broke many years ago. He fell down some stairs and broke his ankle and never had pain problems until he hit a certain age (you know that saying everything changes after 40? Well that's what happened!). The steriod shot worked for about 3 months and now he is starting to ache again. He cannot have another shot until May. But my point is the steriod shots did not work for me and they did for him. So don't let my opinion stop you from doing it.

Anyway I hope you are having a low pain day.

Scarred
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   Posted 2/11/2011 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I think what has just dawned on me on top of the failed back surgery I believe I have developed fibromyalgia. I have so many aches in my shoulders and back and neck that I never did before, then I saw a commercial on fibromyalgia and thought I bet that is what is going on. I am going to talk to my dr. about it on the 22.

Thank you for your thoughts.

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   Posted 2/12/2011 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   

 

  Dear Twinks,

    Good morning  :-)   I hope you were able to get some rest.... though I have a terrible feeling that you probably didnt.

     It would be very nice if your procedure helped. Even if it is only short term, at this point, you could use any kind of relief. The FRA... I have seen about a 50 / 50 with regards to pain patients. In my small town I have seen many that it worked for. Relieving pain for a few month. Some that were able to get relief for 6months. There are just as many, here at Healing Well, that it did little to nothing for. Mostly because there was multiple areas that their pain was originating from (like you). Your pain is extensive. But, even if it just helped to bring your pain down a level or two overall that would be nice.

     Fibromyalgia is very hard condition. The worst part is that so little is known about it. I really feel bad for folks with Fibromyalgia because once in a "Fibro Flare" it is difficult to get out of one. Then they never know when the next "Fibro Flare" will happen or what will trigger it. It is a hard struggle and I can tell it is hard to keep a balance. We have a Fibromyalgia forum here. At the top of that forum is a post that has all the resources you need for Fibromyalgia. Here is a link...

~~>  http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=24&m=1609914

    It was good to hear from you again. I am terribly sorry you are having to deal with so much right now. Hang in there and stay strong!

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  dani


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And be one traveler, long I stood

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Twinks
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   Posted 2/12/2011 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Dani you are such a sweet sweet soul. Thank you for your friendship. I wish we lived lose to each other because I would love to have a close friend like you who understands me. Most of my friends have no idea what chronic pain feels like and don't understand my limitations including my husband sometimes. Although he is a good man he understands most of the time. He is my soul mate for sure.

Fondly, Carolyn
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