Just a bit about me .I've had 4 laminectomys and just undergone L5S1 anterior fusion
3 weeks after that L5 to L2 fusion.
The fusion sites are okay pain 5 out of 10.but the nerve pain has had me on suicide watch by me partner.
The pain specialist has created a drug regime that doesn't seem to do alot.ive tried massage tens machine but nothing eases the pain .I'm getting 2 to 3hrs sleep a day.
I cannot contact the pain specialist because of holiday season and his secretary tells me.to contact gp even though gp sent me to him under the guise he would know more.
Any way if there is anyone out there that can give me.some ideas on how to reduce or live with this pain I am open to anything.
Ps I've tried the cannabis oil and it didn't help either
Last edit: 4 months 1 week ago by David W. Reason: Spelling
G’day David, sorry about your pain and situation. I have kept any surgeries at bay for now. I have issues from C2 through to C7 . Most of thoracic is sieved up and lumber is bone on bone. Been going through lots of injections and have an exceptional osteopath who I am book in permanent every 2 weeks, I live with a heat pack on almost 24/7. I know I can’t be fixed but a little relief can give ya head a break. Hopefully someone will chime in with some similar surgeries and offer some strategies to help you cope. Take care, harpy
Thanks for the reply. I managed to get in touch with my pain specialist finally and the have increased my doses but they make me so tired all day but they have relieved the nerve pain somewhat.
I'm now getting 4 to 5 hours sleep a day and at least I'm of the suicide watch but feel like I'm a walking zombie
they have sent me for another MRI and X-ray this morning but now i just have to wait until the doctors look at them and see if if there is any issues
I'm in the same boat. I developed nerve pain after surgery and unfortunately nerves don't regenerate. If they do, it would be a tiny amount.
I've been suffering nerve pain for many years and I find it's best to stay away from extremely strong and addictive medications. You need to keep focused and positive, although this is EXTREMELY HARD to do. I walk daily for exercise, watch funny youtube videos for laughter and a way to distract my mind from pain and depression.
We are all different when it comes to pain and coping with it. I definately understand about dark thoughts (suicidal thoughts)...been there, done that!!!
I too tried cannabis oil which didn't do anything for me either.