Is Rhizotomy better than Steroids for me?
I've had chronic lower back pain for years. Until about 2 years ago, all I did was take pain medication. That gets old fast. So about 2 years ago, my Pain Management doctor suggested and performed epidural steroid injections. Fist one wasn't so bad, but after the second one, my whole upper body broke out in weeping blisters. It was horrible. I'm diabetic, so it took much longer for them to heal (about 6 months) than normal. About a week after the injections, I had two mini-strokes, one week apart. When I called my PM doctor and told him my entire right side was numb from my toes to my shoulder, he referred me to a CHRONIC Pain Management Clinic, saying he couldn't help me anymore. He didn't even SUGGEST that I was having a stroke, and I didn't know any better. I eventually moved to another state and got another PM doctor, who did tests and found out about the mini-strokes. I was shocked, but he found and showed me the brain damage from the strokes. He then put me on morphine therapy, which has been going on for over a year now and has deteriorated to the point that it almost doesn't help at all any more. So he has decided to do a Rhizotomy. Apparently, the way I understand it, that is the ''burning'' of the nerve roots to alleviate the pain I feel. I'm scheduled for that next week, and I'm terrified. Why can't he just change the pain medication instead of messing with my spine again? I don't know WHAT to do!