I had back surgery in 2000 after years of quackpractors, and supposed specialists. I finally found a Dr. that knew what to do. I had yen years of x-rays when i first met him. He pushed some on all vetrabrae anfd found my triggers. The next day I had a Myelogram of spine. A contrasty dye injected into spinal cord, painless with pain shot first. The a Cat Scan. A MRI is better but, I have a heart pacemacker and a MRI will ruin it. Find aa spinal orthopedfic surgeon and a neurologist and use both to determine whats wrong and where. Don't get out of shape over meds. You will become DEPENDENT ON THEM for daily sanity. Before I take my pain meds i ask myself , DO YOU NEED THIS DOSE , OR DO YOU WANT IT BECAUSE YOU BRAIN CRAVES IT.
the easiest way for spinaal surgeons to deterrmine what is wrong and where is a MRI . NO Pain at alL.
tHE NEXT way is a myelogram. This is a CAT scan after a contrast dye is injected into the spinal cord and is normally no more painful than a normal shot, because they inject a pain killer first. Aftter a short time yuou go to the CAT Scan and this is painless.
we all go thru this issue with meds. you don't want to be addicted. take your meds as directed even when pain lightens up. I do this to try and stay ahead of the pain curve. When you get bbehind it is hard to get in balance again. We become dependent on our drugs, not addicted. Been at this game since 2002 along with back fusion L3-S1, and DDD in other areas. Try getting some solsce in readin the bible. jpinmissView Thread
first you need to find a good spinal neurologist surgeon specializing in neck and spine problems. Besides x-rays they will do a mylogram of the spinal cord and other soft tissue. Then they will do a mri to address specifics. Then comes the process of finding a pain management group if the neurologist doesn't do that. Been at this merry-go-round for 15 years. DON'T WAIT- CHANGE DOCTORS !!!!!!!!!View Thread
I have been on opioids for going on 13 years, am 72.
You have to train yourself to ask a question before taking every opioid med. AM I TAKING THIS BECAUSE MY PAQIN LEVEL REQUIRTES IT ??? , OR BECAUSE MY BRAIN SAYS IT TIME FOR A HIT. I have been up and down the addiction road and the dependency road twice. It is easy to get lost in addicition, but life really is better if you understand the difference betwee acciction and dependency. good luck on your pain issues.View Thread
I would have been looking for a new primary care dr, then a referal to a nuerologist. The neuro. dr can run tests you to determine root cause of the pain. Then a treatment plan can be developed. I had your problem 14 years ago and that is what I finally had to do. good luck.View Thread
Hang in there, am 72 and been having back issues since my 20s. Find a good spinal bone doctor and have him get you set up with a crackerjack neurologist. Get them to review all your records. If you have not had a MYLOGRAM on your spine , get one because the two doctors need that to locate what is the problem. Took me 20 yeARS TO GET RELIEF. Depression is your worst enemy and my belief in God has helped the most. Pray every morning for a better day and start with A (PMA), POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE. good luck.View Thread
I feel like you do most days. I get up and attempt to do what needs to be done. IOt is hard to get movited when you know every movement is going to cause pain later. Sometimes I can get myself in a neutral zone by laying in a position on the bed with 8 or 9 pillows and find a position where nothing is hurting. When I can get there I wll doze off and sometimes I manage to next 5-6 hrs without pain waking me up. Retired in 2000 on disability. Lost my wife of 33 years jan 2011 so don't have many goals left to reach and and most of them thgem would cause more pain than joy. I am thankful for my family and my CHURCH FAMILY, they keep me sane. I hope you can find something to enjoy or find something that you will find sometime to br pain free everyday without having to be doped up on pain medicine.
REMEMBER---" you can't manage this problem without help from your friends and family.
Love thru Christ or whatever your faith offers you.View Thread
first off if youu are seeing your primary care doc. , stop. The fed. drug agency will only allow him to prescribe low dosage medicine for pain,' Second, find yourself a well reccomended spinal bone doctor. Go to him with your history. He will get you your mri for determining your problems and then can start you on right path to treatment or surgery if heeded. I have had back problems for 26+ yrs and finally had to do lumbar fusion in 2000 and getting ready to go up my spine for five more vertabre. Pain meds fro chronic pain will not make you an addict. You will become dependent on them for a near nornal life, because you aren't using them to get high/stupid. Best of luck .jpinmissView Thread