hello, since last entry things have taken a turn for the worse - given that i've been diagnosed with spondylolisthesis on L3/L4 with a few other complications just to jerk me around. the major turn of spine happened very quickly over a 8 month period resulting in constant high level pain, use of high doses of drugs which don't cut it, physio therapy, on a walking cane 80% of the day & really bad disposition. medications consist of m.s contin 90mg b.i.d lyrica 150mg b.i.d. brufen 400mg b.i.d. increased if needed which it normally does, panamax 1000mg t.i.d. ordine 4ml prn & other not so heavy duty meds & with all of these medications my pain level sits at 7/10 average for a 63 yr not so young lady who weighs 39 kg's & 145 cm tall or not & just to tweak things along 'mother nature' has thrown in edema in lower legs & feet. i'm not just writing this to air my pain so what i would like to know is if anyone else is in same or similar position & also i would like expressions of interest regarding Fentanyl patches, have you tried these & if so the results &/or other patches to help & try to get a bit of a handle on this wicked pain. my window of activity is closing in very quickly leaving me very restricted almost to a locked in aspect which isn't an option so i think you can see i truly would appreciate any, all replies to my dilemma. many thanks to all, reyne.
Sorry things have taken a nose dive for you. As I read your list of medications, something stands out for me - you are taking a lot of pain meds. and yet your pain is not anywhere near under control. I suspect that if you were to wean slowly down on some of those, you may not feel any worse! They are obviously not working.
Many people have spondylolisthesis and don't even know that the have it. That is the nature of chronic pain. Medications are only one part of pain management. I can't remember if you have been to a pain management clinic or done a pain management course, but these are an essential part of pain management. Psychologists are amazing at helping you to lower your pain levels, as long as they have experience with CP patients. I haven't used Fentanyl patches but I am sure that there will be others here who have and they will be able to give you an idea. However, remember that what works for one person may not work for another.
Unfortunately there is no medication or combination of medications that can make you pain free right now, but with a multidisciplinary approach (pain specialist, physiotherapist, psychologist and occupational therapist if necessary) you can certainly reclaim your life again.
I hope that you are more comfortable in the very near future.
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