Hi!, Because of cerebral spinal fluid, weather changes, (i.e. cold front with snow or rain), your damaged nerves in your spine will respond to the lowering barometric pressure. You will feel these changes. I know for 24 hours before snow or rain is heading my way. Winter is usually the worst 3-4 months of my year.
As for getting too used to your medications, you may be due for a narcotic rotation. Make sure you request this change at your next appointment. I usually need a rotation every 9-12 months. Your body will tell you when it is time to make a change. The main medication you take (not the meds you take for break through pain) is the narcotic you need to change and place in rotation. If your doc knows what they are doing you will not go through narcotic withdrawl.
Hope you feel better. They told those of us in the northern mid-west states we were in for a difficult weather winter.View Thread
I was curious about something you mentioned. The PM specialist changes your break-thru pain med every few months? Maybe, others can weigh in on this, but it is my understanding the main pain medication is the one which should be put in narcotic rotation.View Thread
This is a new one. I too am an RN and side with your wife on this issue. There may be a cause and effect with the fan/back pain issue, but I have never heard of this relationship to back pain.
If you have some minor back issues, this is a weak link in your anatomy/physiology and may be appearing as a result of another issue. My guess may be more respiratory related to quality of sleep, thus low quality of sleep leading to the minor back issue. Meaning: the fan is on, bothers your nose or throat during sleep, irritated nose and throat causes restless sleep (which you are unaware of), causing a decrease in REM sleep and your weak link (your back) bothers you in the morning.
This is NOT a medical opinion, just a WILD guess. Anyone else ever heard of this correlation?View Thread
Well, I didn't expect this response from your doc. You had a CT? Not necessarily a gold card standard, so your instincts about this whole situation may be correct and the CT may not be giving the entire picture.
Hope the new meds give some relief. The cost of meds is getting more out of control by the day.
I know we all keep asking for updates, but everyone is concerned. Please, try to keep us updated when you are able to get to your computer.
Welcome as a new member of the support group. You will find many kind, supportive people who have been through a great deal and can give you feedback from their personal medical experiences over the years.
I read what you have tried over the years. Just a reminder, the pain mangement clinics have contracts and will dismiss you if you take any medications which are not prescribed. I realize the temptation when you are in pain, but with their strict rules and random drug testing, it is not worth the risk of having other drugs on board detected in your urine sample.
I wish I had some great info for you, but it does seem you have tried many of the standard medical approaches we have all tried over the years.
I caution people against having surgery "to get my life back". While surgery is something which must be done for some patients, it is not ALWAYS the answer. In my case, it made me much, much worse than before my first surgery. The current PM doc I see, says his practice has 70% patients who were made worse with surgery. This is not to say this may be the answer for you at some point, I simply want to point out there are downsides to surgical intervention. As an engineer, you know what leads to the weakness in steel ect. Unfortunately, our bodies develop scar tissue and once nerves are cut, they do not always heal without problems.
I am sure others will come up with some good ideas for you. My suggestions are to continue with PM, changing medications in a narcotic rotation when it is appropriate, continued physical therapy at home exercises, stretching and finding the correct matress for you. For me, the best matress is a temperpedic style matress which seems to support my spine.
Some people have reported some kind of sling. I think it is called a bubble (?) something, which seems to help stretch out the muscles in their back.
Hope some others come up with some good ideas for you. Good luck.
How long have you been on your current meds? I recently had to do a narcotic rotation for medication I had been on for only 9 months. Anyway, could a change in your main pain med (oxy) be something which would help right now?
You said they can't increase your dosage, so perhaps a different med may help. Or if the MS (SR) does not really help, then see if a change will make a difference. Especially, with the New Year and offices being closed, you need to get some relief from this intense pain.
One of your docs needs to step up and give you some immediate help for your pain level.