degenerative disc disease
in oct. / 2001 - i had *fusion / *hardware- *6 pedicle screws for l-4 / l-5 / s-1 degenerative disc disease - Laminectomy Surgery . prescribed painkillers for severe backpain that would not go away ? after two years of not getting anywhere about the constant pain level, i went to three other orthopedic surgeons who recommended i should have hardware removed . they all *recommended i go back to surgeon that did first surgery . none of them wanted to touch me . after looking at MRI pictures and written reports by these other doctors , i was given a 2nd. operation - oct. / 2003 to remove the hardware . still ... the pain level remains high as before in my lower back . i am on oxycodone 5/325 / morphine 30mg X 3 daily - 24 / 7. my family doctor / *internal medicine - tells me i do not want a 3rd. surgery . that it would do no good , pain level would not be removed . much scar tissue ..."to just live with it" / only so much medicine can do . he's not been the first doctor to tell me this . i've tried shots , muscle relaxers , exercises , acupuncture . only pool therapy gives some brief relief . so i use it frequently .
if someone out there can recommend something i havent tried , i would sure like to hear about it .