... experiencing sciatic nerve pain in Sept 2001, by June 2002 was almost unable to walk due to low back, and leg pain. August 2002 had back surgery Lamindectomy for the L4 & L5, I have a degenerate disk, bludged, 2 herniated disks, 4 in total. The surgery did allow me to start walking and functioning again. I have been on Loratab for the past 8 years and it doesn't hardly work. I know I have a built up tolerance, don't have medical insurance now so feel like for the past 2 years I have just been taking pain meds to get through each day, but my condition is just being medicated not fixed. I have sever muscle spasms in my lower back, hardly sleep, due to the pain. When I take a Loratab 10 it's like taking a tylenol, just takes a little bit of the pain away but it's still there. A dull, never ending pain, most days I am around a 4-5 pain level with med and it shoots up to 8-9 if I do to much activity during the day. I would like to start working out at a gym thinking that if I lost weight it might take the weight of the back and help the pain. Problem is walking, working out, moving like that causes more pain and has been known to make it to where I can't move for several days after without holding onto furniture. I am at my wits end, very frustrated and can't control the pain that goes on in my body 24/7 for 8 years now everyday has been like this. Will it ever change? Will there ever be a release? I will be 30 in August. I just think there has to be better options out there. Does anyone have any suggestions about what to do to stop the pain or lessen it? I have been on neurotin, davocet, methocarbonal, etc. Right now I am just taking flexeril and loratab trying to manage the pain but its not working. I read about break through pain... this is pain all the time not being controlled
hi theunseenheart, next time you see your doc u need to tell him/her what your saying to us in your question. lortab is not for long time chronic pain.tell your doc that your eeds are not helping.maybe he can suggest a pain doctor. i see that your only 30,that is still young.try to explore every avenue before you get on the heavy pain meds.you gotta a back specialist,surgery may be an option.get bizy looking for a way out of the hell your in.30 is just too young to give up. you are responsible for your recovery from this predicament. medication,surgery, physical therapy,its all up to you... good luck keep us,here at drugs.com informed on your progress.lots of people with even more experience to share are pulling for you...
Not to bring you down, but I shattered my mid spine, severe nerve damage, need additional surgery, applied for and got denied SSI (disability) found a lawyer who told me to turn to page 4 (of the denial letter) read the first sentence of paragraph 2. I did. He laughed and said I'll take your case. He doesn't take cases he can't win. I'll write more later about your situation. I think I can help.
I know, as you typed out your long painful history, you felt a burden lift from your shoulders. I am exactly where you are right now. I lost my insurance, 2 weeks later I shattered my mid spine. But this isn't about me, this is about you. You came to the right place for support. First thing you should do is ask your doctor to stop the lortabs as they are harming you immensly. Your brain's systems don't have enough time to regenerate with using a fast release pain med. Your doctor knows that. Ask her to switch you to a sustained release pain med and a better breakthrough med. Go to Needymeds.org. There you can print out a coupon for up to 75-90% discount on your meds that you can use right away. Get online and apply for an expidited Medicaid card. It will at least get you your meds for free. Apply for Disability. It takes a while but get started now.
Have your medical records, medical bills, medication info, doctors statement, proof of income, printout from your pharmacy, I.D. or drivers license etc. Also write a letter to the pharmaceutical company who manufacters the (new) meds your doc prescribes. Try other companies as well. Many of them have applications for people who can not afford the medication and they will give it to you for free. I went from a hard working, insured healthy woman, to a person begging for help. But what I realized was, I paid my taxes for over 2 decades! So I will ask for the help that I need! I contributed my fair share to these programs. If anyone qualifies for disability it's you and me. You will probably get denied the first time. Get a lawyer who focuses on disability denials. Just don't give up! You have the right to use these programs that both of us have paid in to. You also came to the right place for support. The people here are caring, knowledgeable, and will help in any way they can. You are NOT alone. Keep your chin up, focus on YOU, and get your doctor to change your meds. I really wish you good luck and a pain free day very soon!
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