My 85 year old father has had severe back pain for many years. He hhas had 5 lower lumbar surgeries. He has been through non-invasive techniques, epidural and sacroiliac steroid injections on numerous occassions, radio frequency ablations courses twice and has had a TENS unit implanted. At this point, his spine is full of scar tissue, arthritis in several areas. His last surgery was February 2012 and he started to improve after that. However, now he is going downhill again rapidly. He is in serious pain, can barely walk a few paces with a walker and exhibiting symptoms of neural claudication. He is currently taking 15 mg. of MS Contin twice a day and Percocet every 4 hours during the day. During the last year I have taken him to see three different neurosurgeons, a nuerologist, two pain control specialists along with his primary care physician. No one has helped him. I don't know what to do now. Is there nothing but a level of morphine that will render him unable to do anything? Are there morphine pump or pain patches that could be options without so many mental side effects? Can anyone help?View Thread
I am a 57 year old woman who has always been active, until recently. 9 months ago, I had a lower lumbar decompressive laminectomy with a spinal fusion using a titanium implant. This was done after many years of lower back pain that was also starting to limit my ability to walk any distance at all and of course exhausting all other non-invasive treatments to no avail. My back is better -- most of the pain is gone, unless I sit in a chair without proper support for too long. But the weakness and pain in my outer hips and upper thigh areas after walking even a couple of blocks has not improved. My surgeon says it can take a long time for nerve damage to the legs to get better, but won't be more specific. Am I expecting too much too soon? Is it realistic to hope that this condition will improve? Any advice others can offer, I'd really appreciate.View Thread
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