New to SU. Postlami Syndrone, Sereve chronic painm Help!
Hi, I am new to SU. I need support for my intractable back pain and nerve pain. I am worried what will happen to e if I lose my job and insurance.
I am in my mid-40s. History of LBP and radiculapathy. I had a discectomy and laminotomy 10 years ago for herniated disc L5-S1. After surgery I developed a staph infection and had a debridement of the abscess (down into the disc space). I have had persistent pain since the surgeries, and things have gotten worse every year since the surgeries. I have been through almost all known treatments (discectomy, ESIs, facet block, radio frequency nerve ablation, botox injection for spasms, trigger point injections, acupuncture, massage, TENS and Fenzian, chiropractic manipulation (one of the only things that is somewhat effective in the short term), psychotherapy, guided imagery, meditation, biofeedback, PT, bracing, and various meds (opioid therapy, various muscle relaxers, anti-depressants, anti-convultants, etc.) I am becoming increasingly frustrated by my physicians' lack of understanding of chronic pain and the severity of my neuropathic pain. The nerve pain as been so bad recently. Words cannot describe how horrible it is. The only thing that helps for nerve pain, in my opinion, is medical cannabis (edibles for me), which directly help with both the nociceptive and nerve pain, muscle spasticity, and also really help with mood and sociability. It is ridiculous that cannabis is still a schedule I drug...it clearly has substantial medical benefits. The pain has been so debilitating that I am considering double fusion surgery (I have DDD L3-S1). I am also open to try the spinal chord stimulators. If anyone has experience with Lumbar SCS please let me know. I would love to chat with you. I feel like I am at the end of the road. I get depressed secondary to my back and leg pain. I am out of work and and may lose my job. The prognosis is not good and gravity is not kind; my symptoms will most likely become worse over time. I am having a difficult time coping with this intractable back and leg pain. Some days I am able to go to the store and do very light things; most days I am in such severe pain I cannot even leave my apartment or walk from my room to the kitchen. I have been dealing with chronic LBP and radiculapathy since the 1990s. Hi and please say hello! I need some support. T