discectomy,failed back syndrome ,radiculopathy,chronic severe pain,Spinal stenosis,L2-S1,I finally found releif to share with all
hello fellow chronic pain sufferers.had my discectomy in march of this year,two weeks after surgery started with severe chronic, unbearable pain from my pelvic area to my toes that would last 24/7. tried every narcotic pain pill w no releif(ms contin 15 mg2x daily and pecocet 10/325..,still no releif. trips back n forth to emergency room for unbearable pain,they would give me a shot of morphine but just took the edge off of it.would end up making these visits to emergency room because i would run out of percocet because surgeon would only perscribe me 4 tabs daily,(what a joke).The surgeon and pain managment Drs would not increase my dosage because they ALL THINK WERE NARC SEEKERS,and speak and treat u like ur a drug addict.I am an experienced NURSE in orthopedis for over 12 years,so i know how frustrating it is to try and find a dr with compassion that would listen to our pleas for help. On my own I spoke with every collegue in nursing,every DR I knew, researched internet,and stumbled upon this discussion group and read evryones story, cause I thought I was the only one feeling this way. WELL GUESS WHAT FOLKS,I found releif and would like to share it with all. I ended up going back to my primary physician and asked for a script for CELEBREX 200 mg 2x daily, cymbalta 1x daily for my depresssion (which comes along with this experience, you feel helpless to the point of ending it (which I wouldnt),the surgeon told me this is how I would spend the rest of my life in constant pain and my nursing career would be over.I also go to phsycotherapy, which i suggest to all to help, cause it does, and my shrink Put me on klonopin 2mg 3x daily,which also helps relax your muscles (and your mind). The surgeon kept pressuring me to have spinal stimulater inserted,which I was against and refused. Thats when I stumbled upon the internet sitet EMPI.COM, its an electrical TENS unit that is worn externally that states it releives chronic pain, but u need a script to obtain unit, u get unit by contacting EMPI,so i went back to surgeon he gave me script and i contacted EMPI it arrived in 2 days. the unit was covered under my insurance,and guess what everyone after day3 of using unit, IT WORKS. so betweeen the combination of the celebrex (anti-inflamatory) and the EMPI unit my pain level went from a 200 to a 3. so id say my pain is 80% gone.not to say it will work for all but why not give it a shot.even if u have to pay out of pocket,its worth the releif,u can start off by renting it to try for 1 month at 125.00 rental fee,if it doesnt work u can send it back.I have tried the tens units at physical therapy and they didnt work, nor did physical therapy,it just aggrevated my nerves and inflamed them even more causing increased pain.But again I state this unit really works.So please visit the site, EMPI.COM,which clearly states for chronic pain releif.I wish all my fellow pain sufferers good luck and i hope my info helps someone.I still take a perc now and then ,2 daily,from 6 to 8 daily and ms contin with no releif, so id say I made a good desision,im almost pain free and it didnt take weeks only 3 days,I know i rambling but when u find releif ur so excited.I pray someone else finds this releif also.As a nurse i took an oath to care for those in need, which brings me to visiting this discussion forum.I will visit it daily to try and answer any questions anyone has,cause again, my nursing experience is in orthopedics so i hope i can be helpful to anyone in need.