Vertebra are not sore to the touch, and don't feel bruised. No muscle spasms either. My pain is in the same place as before the surgery, except that it radiates outward toward the hips now. Dr says it's nerve damage and now involves the sacroiliac joint. The Cymbalta helped for about
45 days or so, and gradually went back to the same old pain. Not much pain laying down in bed, and that is where I spend most of my time when I get home.
As soon as I stand up, the pressure causes me pain. It feels like I was sawed in half, and put back together with screws and they did not get me aligned and tightened. I change out several cutters a day working as a machinist, and they weigh around 15 to 25lbs which does not help my cause. I also may change out several clamps (25 to 50) ….which involves bending over for long periods of time. I really cannot bend over much these days and have to squat down and lean over, to accomplish this.
So, it is work that is my demise it seems. The Dr does not want me working at all, and said I need to retire as soon as possible. We are very close to paying off our house, and that must be done first, before looking at SSD or retirement. Were working on it as fast as we can.
I have been on Oxycodone products for over 8yrs now, and I think that is part of the problem as well. It is something I will have to suffer through I guess. I do not think an increase on the current pain med's is going to help for very long, as I believe I'm building up a tolerance to it. It's time for a change in med's I suppose, but I really do not want another narcotic.
I will visit with him again today while he is checking my ear infection out. I'm still peeing all night long, and that is another issue. (enlarged prostate)
I suppose I'm being a little stubborn about
my treatment for back pain, and I should know better, but at this point, I just hate everything at the moment. 24/7 pain really wears on a person, but you all know that already.
Thanks for the support, it means more than most will know. Didn't sleep much last night, and am tired at the moment. Hope I did not mis-quote myself here on something. I will get through this somehow.
My mind is on several of the members as well,…Laura, Mindy, Tina, Stray, and several more. We all desire to do more than support, but are hands are kind of tied.
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