Welcome to the boards...Sorry to hear of your pain issues though:(
For many of us with chronic pain...it's really about
using all sorts of modalites continuosly. So that includes all of the above in your poll choices.
For me, after 3 fusion surgeries I use exercise, PT, aqua therapy, yoga/stretching, massage, acupuncture, injections, TENS unit, eating healthy and maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, etc.
For medications, an opiate is just one small piece of the puzzle. There are muscle relaxers, nerve pain medications, anti-depression medicines and steroids when needed.
I am fairly shocked that your Dr. is ok with you taking 14 Vicodin a day for the Tylenol alone is 7000mg (if that is the low end of 500mg per pill)...This could cause liver and stomach damage....
As well as the Dr. can get flagged by the state or DEA for prescribing 420 Vicodin per month.
That is a short acting medication and usually Drs. will move towards a long acting medication like Ultram ER or even up to Percocet (short acting) once you get past 4-6 needed per day.
What type of Dr. is treating you now and providing the prescript
ion? Have they offered for you to try a muscle relaxer or nerve pain medication?
I also agree with others that an appt. with a Neurosurgeon would be helpful to at least get a surgical consult or provide you with a comprehensive program that includes medications (not just an opiate) as well as other modalities to try and ease the pain. Or they can refer you to a good PM Dr. if you are not a surgical candidate right now.
The key though is that unless there is some easy fix (which is not likely in many spine issue cases) then trying to get to zero pain is not the goal...
It sounds like you are suffering with some depression which is very common in chronic pain patients. This is where an anti-depressant along with counseling is very helpful.
We can all empathize....It just sounds like you need to get to a good Dr. that is going to help you rather than just throw so many Vicodin at you and send you off. That is not a solution:(
Keep us posted..
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha"))
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006