Chronic back pain
I am looking for any advice. Im at the end of my ropes and dont know where else to go anymore. I am post op 13 years now. I had a spinal fusion at L5-S1. I have a grade 2 spondyloisthesis. After surgery, I had no pain for several years. It has now returned worse than ever. I have had xrays and the doctors say that the fusion looks fine. I went for a ct scan yesterday to look at the strenght of the fusion, but dont get the results til friday. My primary doctor has me on metaxalone 800mg. diclofenac sodium 75mg, and vicodin 5/500mg. Have no relief. I have done the physical therapy, that doesnt work either. I am constantly fatigued. I was diagnosed is October of last year with sciatica. I have pain in my lower back, hips, and legs. every now and then numbness in my left thigh. On a pain scale of 0-10, most days I am a 9. I cant stand for more than 20 minutes. I have been so desperate for pain relief, I have tried all kinds of meds from friends and family. I also tried to double or triple my doses of my meds and that does nothing. My orthopedic surgeon says if the ct scan comes back ok, they want to refer me to get steriod injections. I havent heard very good things about them. Im afraid if I say no to the injections, they wont try anyting else. All I want is to be able to normal everyday activities. The way things are going now, I dont think that day will ever come. Any suggestions, would be great.