I am having yet another fusion next month and need to come up with a better plan, to get rehabed. My new insurance is great for everything except therapy. 100% everything paid, $10 dr visits, $7 prescriptions, but 12 visits per year for therapy (thats a combo of PT and OT). My last lumbar fusion I went to water therapy 3 days a week for 4 months. I am getting pretty worried. I dont worry about the OT portion since that is what I do, but the PT part is definetley of great concern to me.
Anyway, I think last time I made the mistake of not keeping on a medication schedule. I was given a prescription for Robaxin but couldnt take it. I cant swallow pills, I do have confirmed mechanical reasons for difficulty swallowing, but I know part of it is psychological as well. I have tried everything to get them down and nothing works. My PM dr is the same way so he knows I am not making it up. Every pill I need to take I chew. I never complained just dealt with the muscle spasms for months. Well Robaxin made me vomit, very bad tasting. YUCK.
This time around I cant do it, I need to be more proactive and get moving on my own. Every time I trust a dr when he tells me the pill is small, I pick it up from the pharmacy and it is huge! I am looking for suggestions of different muscle relaxers that I can talk to the dr about. They tell me there is NO liquid muscle relaxers, which I find hard to believe. I need something very tiny, liquid, chewable or not bitter tasting to chew. I did take flexeril for a while, I could get that down splitting it into 4 pieces, however all of the sudden last year I had an allergic reaction to it. My face and neck blew up like a ballon, got bright red, rock hard, hot and painful. Very weird that it happened, but thank goodness I was in the hospital for my c5-6 fusion at the time.
Any suggestions would be welcomed. Of course it is up to the dr in the long run, and I will respect whatever they say but I think sometimes they get stuck with the same old prescriptions out of habit. However, its not going to help me if I cant/wont take it,lol.
DX: CRPS/RSD full body, Fibro, CP, DDD, DJD, OSA, Syringomyelia, Arachnoiditis, failed fusion non union with hardware issues. Fusions C5-6, L5-S1. SCS trial successful awaiting placement after fusion revison 6/11.