Yep, I think we've all been there, if not we probably never really needed the meds anyway.
I'm glad I don't take any now. The pain pump is no cure, but it has been a miracle. It's almost 8:30 and I'm sore and tired, but feel no need for pain meds. The pump is keeping the spine pain at bay.
To get here I've been through years of counting pills and taking those few extra to get through a long night or finish something to try and make my wife happy...knowing that I would have to reduce my meds later to make it to the next refill!
There's a book called the Art of Healing Back Pain Naturally, by Dr. Art Browstein. Dr. Browstein is an orthopedic surgeon that broke his back and ended up living life on same side of the office door we do. It's a good read, but he has different resources than we do...I.E. He moved to India for a year or two to learn yoga from a master. I'd be
Icky to read a paperback;)View Thread
It's tuff staying at home. I do find I'm much nicer. I just ran to the auto parts store looking for a price of wire. There was a kid out front trying to replace his alternator, but having problems getting the belt loose. I helped him until we figured everything out. I miss human interaction and it always feels good to help.
If you feel like answering, what type of surgery did you have? I was crushed by a tree 15 years ago and long story short now have a pain pump to deal with the 12 fused vertebrae in my spine.
Do you read books?
Have you thought of going to school for a class or two?
God bless and they'll talk to anyone in here. They've put up with me since 06...
Drug (pee) tests are required by the DEA, but I've never heard anything like what you describe. I've been doing this for 15 years and I don't even take pain meds anymore. I have a pain pump so it's out of my control. I could still take street drugs though so they need to randomly check. I just peed in the cup a few weeks ago.View Thread
Keep this in mind. 50% of the people with herniated disc have no pain. 50% of people with pain have no disc herniation or objective pathology.
My point is there's a lot more to this than meets the eye. As Dave said, work with the right doctors and therapists and the outcome is just another of life's challenges.