I had back surgery with all kinds of metal put in my back...L4/L5, new disc made out of some new material that works like a cushion, bone graft, fusion, screws, titanium steel rods, and some sort of a cage all inside my body and I am still in pain and still have Sciatica, but the operation went well and has really helped me a lot.I was at the point that I couldn't even walk before the operation. If you saw me now you would never know. It's been five months and I am gardening sitting on the ground for hours and shoveling and planting away. It doesn't matter if I don't do anything. After a while being on my feet the back and sciatica starts in. So I am still in pain every day. My doctors gave me basically what ever I wanted for a three month period. Most of it I am allergic to so I am not helped by it. I itch all night. It drives me crazy. To bad I can't give you all of the oxycontin that I have and the rest of the stuff I have here as well. So all I can do for my self is PT and half of a Vicodin and Tramadol. All are low doses, but if I take more I will start itching with the oxycontin, percoset, percodan, methadone, vicodin, codiene, etc. What a nightmare with meds.. Wish I knew something else to take that didn't make me itch. Any suggestions, anyone out there??? Dr's are afraid to give out meds now. They will be sued and people will die, so we are screwed. I wish I could take small does of morephine or fentanal, but they don't give that out. Two more operations coming my way. Torn rotator cuff and my neck. I'm still not giving up gardening. My joy! View Thread
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