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    shawn156 is offline Member
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    Wasn't sure where to post this at but I finally got an answer on why my back has been so sore the last year and a half.I have narrowing of the spinal canal at L1 and L2. Everything makes sense now on why I always have pain in that area,why I stumble or fall at times and some other things as well. I think it happened after my last car accident where it was a pretty bad accident.
    I was not offered norco/vicodin nothing strong. I didn't want it anyways.But this so called Dr gave me a script for headache medicine.How is that going to help my back?I went to my normal specialist the next day and explained to her what happened at that office.I told her the Dr told me what was wrong and then argued with the nurse for 10 minutes about what medication to prescribe for pain. Needless to say I didn't fill it. The Dr I seen the next day kind of laughed about what they gave me and the circus it was trying to figure out what to prescribe,BUT the worst part,I ask what is in the drug and they had NO idea.The nurse said it's good,it has tylenol in it LMAO. I wanted to laugh in her face so badly for saying that.It's the way she said it that made it so funny.She was being all serious about it. Glad I didn't waste money on it. Needless to say I won't be returning to that Dr.I do finally have a lead on another Dr 100 miles 1 way,but it may be my only hope at getting proper treatment.The Doctors here aren't the best with the exception of my Specialist I have been seeing for about 3 years.Never had any off the wall ideas come from them and they spend time listening to what I have to say and answer every question,never rushed out of the room.
    I had a bad week last week with the pain but I feel much better now and the pain isn't so bad.I can sleep again.
    Just thought I would post this since I never really went into detail on what my condition is.I probably should be on norco,but I really don't want to.Nearly 2 months clean,why go back now?I can handle this until it progresses to worse things,which it eventually will.

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    I too have chronic pain that is getting worse, but I wont go back to those horrible pills, the opana, the vics, the percs. I don't know what life has in store for me, but you are so right, we have to watch our docs carefully and research out every single thing they try to give us. I have to be my own 'nurse' and try to learn as much as I can about painkillers. And you are nearly 2 months clean! Good for you! You sound like you have worked so hard to get to where you are, and I don't blame you at all for not wanting to go back. Who knows, maybe by the time our pain gets to that point, there will be something new and improved that can ease us without addicting us.

    Well, we can dream cant we? Keep on going, continue your search for docs that can help your BACK not just pump us full of chemicals. Good luck to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izzn View Post
    I too have chronic pain that is getting worse, but I wont go back to those horrible pills, the opana, the vics, the percs. I don't know what life has in store for me, but you are so right, we have to watch our docs carefully and research out every single thing they try to give us. I have to be my own 'nurse' and try to learn as much as I can about painkillers. And you are nearly 2 months clean! Good for you! You sound like you have worked so hard to get to where you are, and I don't blame you at all for not wanting to go back. Who knows, maybe by the time our pain gets to that point, there will be something new and improved that can ease us without addicting us.

    Well, we can dream cant we? Keep on going, continue your search for docs that can help your BACK not just pump us full of chemicals. Good luck to you.
    You are right,we have to research it ourselves to see what they are pumping us full of.I have had Doctors get offended by me doing this but it's my body and life they are messing with.Anymore,drug companies are coming out with all types of medications that have horrible side effects that could leave a person worse off then before.I pretty much have refused any new medications to hit the market in the last few years.I used to try them but sleeping in the bathroom by the toilet isn't my idea of a normal life.
    I haven't went back to the norco and it has been a big challenge not to.There have been some sleepless nights and some really bad days at work without the norco,but I keep pushing my self hoping it will go away. I'm not ready to stop being active,heck I'm only 36 years old.I shouldn't have this problem with my back. It's been rough dealing with the depression that this has caused,but I have the answer on why I am in so much pain and that helps me to find ways to combat the pain.I have became friends with the heating pad and hot baths. They seem to help some until I go to bed and then the pain starts back up.
    I don't think there will ever be a solution to my problem.Even surgery would do me no good and could possibly cause me even more problems.I have researched and read so much on this,that it's scarey to know what I could face in the future.The odds are against me. I am not going to start any pain meds until I have no other choice to,which I will still not go down without a fight. I don't want that life anymore.I am clean and I feel better mentally knowing I am clean and able to make the right choices.

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    I really hate to admit this but I am back on norco again. I am 5mg up to 4x a day. I have been trying to keep it to 2-3 a day,but some days are harder then others.
    I recently had a ct scan done because my lower back would not stop causing me problems.I was not sleeping,eating much or even working maybe 2-3 days this past month. So the ct scan shows that I have Mild Diffuse disc bulge at L4-L5 and L5-S1.Mild foraminal narrowing at L5-S1.Talk about pain,it's not been a day at the park lately. I hate these darn things and wish I could just fix myself and stop taking them.
    I had an appointment with my specialist and she said surgery isn't an option for me yet.She said it likely would not take away the back pain and there is a better chance I would be worse off then I am now. She is doing everything she could so I didn't have to go back on the pills but with this type of injury,there really is nothing that can be done.She said it will get worse as I get older and will eventually need the surgery when my legs go numb and pain starts to shoot through them. She sat and explained everything with me and answered all my questions. Usually my appointments are about 10-15 minutes long with her but today it was nearly 45 minutes since she was trying to see what all she could do to help with the pain so I don't have to use pain meds much. She asked if I wanted to do Physical Therapy again.I said after 5-6 times,I already know the routine and already do the same thing at home,so I don't want to waste my time doing that when I have been doing it at home.
    I told her I feel helpless at times.I can't do the same things I done 7 years ago like riding a bike,walking through a store without pain and other things.I get depressed because of it.I don't want to give up and won't,but I am in a very hard position right now. She is calling a few other Drs out of town to find one that may be able to help me more then she can. I am very disappointed I had to start using again and feel like I let myself down after doing so well. I really hope sometime in the near future,back surgery will get better and they can do surgery without doing more harm. This all just sucks to me.I don't want this at all.I told her I will probably quit taking the pills again because I am so sick of being on and off them when I don't want to be on them to start with.
    Don't let this discourage others who are struggling to quit.Trust me,it was nice when I didn't have to take them besides having to deal with the pain.My head was clear and I could think straight for a change and wasn't in a bad mood all the time. There are so many benefits to not using them and if you have no pain and can stop using,then your life will get much better. You'd be surprised at what you missed while on them. I wish everyone who is wanting to stop or in the process of stopping to keep at it and don't give up.Look at it as a second chance at life when you are clean.

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