Welcome to the boards!
I am sorry for all that you have gone through....it sounds like you have a really great spirit and outlook on life despite going through so many surgeries and health issues...
We look forward to having you a part of our community...
I will just say in reference to your last paragraph...that we really don't give advice on medication to others as only a patient and Dr. can decide what is best for someone to take.
Obviously you have shared what works for you and am glad that you are being taken care of by your Dr..So what works for you may not work for others as everyone is so different with their pain issue, their metabolism, other medications, etc...
Anyway...wanted to welcome you here and I'm sure others will come along shortly to say hello!
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