Posted 10/12/2007 3:21 PM (GMT -7)
hi all,,,,i hve degenartive disc wit bulgin L5 S1,,n this was diagnoised 3 yrs ago,,1st yr n half not 2 bad,,found goin shoppin n standin 4 long periods of time id b in bed 4 few days every few months,,up 2 June tis yr things really started 2 get bad,,,i found even drivn 4 an hr or so or even aft doin sum house work,,bascially i was in chronic pain every day...i was 1st on xymel n valium 4 the spasms,,,then went in june on 2 DF118s which r codine based but still in agony,,espec in the morns,,at tis stage i was on mirap 4 depression,,was hvn injections by my specialist from the start n they didt work anymore either,,,so went 2 c a neurosurgeon n im now seen a surgeon n was waitin on results of my now 3rd mri scan.last 1 was taken yr n half ago,n he needed up 2 date 1 b4 he can op.but while i was waitin pain got so bad tat my doc sent me 2 the hospital after he put me on MSTs a slow releasing morphin tablet 4 a wk n they were useless,,i was 10 times worse,,,tis was only last wk,,n they gave me an injection of morphin n we timed it,,,it took only 8 mins 4 me 2 hve relief,,told the doc in hosp i was in love wit him ha! as i hadnt tis much relief in months,,anyway as a result of my hosp visit im now on durogestic patches (which shud work on there own)but not enough 4 me,,so am on the patches n OyNorm fast actin morphinin 2 take wen hve 2 n arcoxia anti-inflammatrys n valium, n now wen i wake hve 2 take 2 morphine tabs n anti inflam(1 a day) n valium b4 i can get out of bed,,n same again in the evenin,,but i hve 2 say its so great 2 at last b pain free,even if it takes me hvn 2 take vry strong meds 2 hve tis relief,,
now sayin tat,,my doc told me tat the drugs im on r usually 4 cancer patients,,n surgeon goin 2 pencil me in 2 hve fusion op wen he gets results,,so i wont b on these drugs 2 long,,,but it shows how much pain us sufferers r in 4 tis kind of meds 2 kill the pain,,docs 2 slow givin pain relief but they arnt goin through wat we r ...
my surgeon told me tat its only 50-50 tat it will work,,but as i only need 1 bone fused chances r good,,he said usually any1 gettin more than 1 bone 2 fuse, dont really work,,,so 2 u here, tat has more than 1 fused then tats prob why u sufferin so soon,,sumthing 2 ask ur surgeon,,
i no i cant n dont want 2 stay on these drugs 4 2 long,,,but the surgeon told me no real risks 2 nerve damage,,but as we no there will always b a risk wit any op,,
well im pain free,once i take meds but im willin 2 take the 50-50 he gave me,,the way i look at it,,i dont hve no options so il b hvn tis op in the nxt few months n i no wat the op involves but i dont no much about is wat happens post-op,,only tat il b in more pain than ever 4 awhile,,cud hve 2 wear a brace,,sum hve told me 1st 3 months will b the hardest n shud b bout ok after 6 months,but ive also been told of people tat hve been great aft 3 months,,,ive read tat walkin is prob best help n better results,,by startin off wit walkin the lenght of a room 2 walkin 2 the shop n progressin as time goes on,,but im really in the dark otherwise,,so wud b greatful if any1 can fill me in wit wats ahead of me,,especially if they hve only i bone fused,,,
well u c now from me tat ur not goin off ur head,,u really r in tat much pain,,so push ur doc 4 stronger meds n if u still not happy wen u hve a really bad day call him out n tell him u want 2 b refered 2 the hosp,,tat ur not livin like tis anymore,,,NO ONE shud hve 2 b in tat kind of pain these days wen there r drugs tat really do help,,i just think tat gps r affraid 2 give people morphine,,but hosp was well worth lyin in a bed in a corridor 4 hrs,,believe me,,,SO IF ANY1 OUT THERE CUD FILL ME IN ON WATS AHEAD 4 ME ID B GRATEFUL 4 ANY INFO N UR TIME,,,good luck n hope things will get better 4 u all soon xxxx Mar