I can totally relate to your situation. I am a 60 year old male and had my 3rd back surgery a little over 6 months ago, L-4-5-S-1 fusion, done anteriorlly. I felt pretty good for 2-3 months and then just started getting worse everyday. The surgeon can see no reason for my ever increasing pain in back, groin and thighs, along with increasing numbness in my feet. His response was " just be glad you are not in a wheel chair or have cancer". The fact that I am much worse since the surgery does not matter to him at all. It's gotten to the point that I can't even do any kind of exercise or PT without being totally debiltated for days afterwards. My pain ranges from 5-9 out of 10 as the day wears on. My PCP wants me to wean off the pain meds as they do not seem to help a whole lot, yet everything gets worse whenever I try. My PM people have tried everything and offer me stronger meds but I've resisted so far. Hate to go down that path. I haven't been able to work in 3 years but did manage to get SSD. You should apply, but it may be easier to get after you turn 50, if you can wait. The older you are, the easier it is to qualify and they work on age tiers. I applied on my own a t first and was turned down, then used a lawyer and got approved 2 months later. A good lawyer is well worth it. Their compensation is capped by law. I wish I could point you in the right direction for relief but I have not had any luck myself. There seems to be a lot of good people on this site and hopefully one of them will have some advice that works for you.View Thread
You are right, the nerve pain is unbelievable and very elusive. I have tried Lyrica and it does not help me. You should not be embarrassed about any kind of legally prescribed meds. If you are willing to mention it I would very much like to know what the med is that is helping with the nerve pain as I have not found anything to relieve my ever increasing nerve pain. Best of luckView Thread
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