Somebody help me, this pain is killing me!
I am new here. I have been looking at letters people like me have written and finally I know I am not alone in my pain. I am 50 yrs old, have digenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis and arithritis in my lumbar spine, L3-L5. I have been dealing with this for 10 years and the pain is through the roof. I went to a pain management doctor for several years and went through many procedures, such as, epidural shots, nerve blocks, RF procedures. These would give me some relief, but gradually the relief only lasted a couple of weeks and that doctor basically told me we can continue with these procedures, but I can't promise you any better results. I went to a neurologist who did a new MRI and nerve conduction study which showed increasing digeneration in my lumber spine and no nerve damage. My pain is never below a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10, and that is while taking 4 to 5 oxycodone per day. By the time it is 7pm at night I am in tears I hurt so bad. And this is without doing anything more than walking my dog once in the morning and walking from the couch to the kitchen to the bedroom. I went to a spine surgeon on Tuesday and they are going to do a discogram next Friday on my L4-5 disc, which shows completely black on my MRI. I am hoping this will show what my problems are coming from. My neurologist has been trying to find a new pain management doctor for me with no luck. All the pain management doctors tell me they cannot do anything more for me and send me on my way. I feel like I am losing my mind!! I have no life, much less a quality of life. I am very lucky I have a great husband that rubs my feet when I am laying there crying and screaming from the pain. I cannot live like this for the rest of my life, something has to change!!!! The surgeon said that he may be able to do a spinal fusion on that disc to take care of the pain, but he said that is not guaranteed. I am hoping for some good news next Friday after my discogram!! Can someone out there please give me some hope????? lcg