Finding the right Pain Dr./ meds. that work
I have had severe back problems for the last 10yrs. I have had 8 back surgeries and due one of my surgeons "accidently" cutting my dura during one of my surgeries I now suffer from Arachnoiditis of the spinal Cord. It has been a total nightmare for me. The majority of my pain is my lower back and lower extremities with severe electrical shocking sensations going down my legs. I have numbness/tingling and multiple other symptoms. My pain level stays at approx. 7-8 on my good days! I have been on every pain med. available it seems and none have worked very well. Now to add to my problems I had gastric bypass 2 yrs ago and now I'm limited to which pain meds I can take . I can only take Immediate/Instant release meds.now . I currently am on Fentanyl Patch 100mcg/hr. change this every 48hrs. and for breakthru pain I have taken diladid, Lortab, Norco, Oxycontin, Opana and Oxycodone. I take a muscle relaxant, anti convulant, something for insomnia and something for nerve pain. I know that seems to be alot but unfortunately it's still not working. I feel as though my pain dr. isnt really listening to my complants and concerns. He doesnt even address the main problem thats causing me all my pain (arachnoiditis) , sometimes I wonder if he knows what it is. Does anyone know of a way I could fine someone who is more specialized to my diagnosis in my area? I just turned 40 a few months ago and feel as if I am in a 80yr. old body. I 've lost over 150 Lbs the last 2 yrs but cant enjoy my new found life due my other health problems. If anyone has any advice for me please let me know.
By the way I do suggest for anyone that does have a problem with chronic pain that has tried all the other pain pills, give the Fentanyl patch a try. They start you off at a much smaller dose and increase it as needed. It did work for me great the first 8 yrs. but now not so much!
Hope this might help someone out there.
Thanks all & God bless,