I was attacked by a patient while working at a state mental hospital. During the attack, a round brass door knob was jammed into my lower back. After xrays and a mri, the back specialist for workers comp first said he could not find anything wrong. After months of physical therapy, I was not getting better. The specialist then said my back was discentigrating and there was nothing to be done. I now have to walk with a cane and have filled for disability. Got first denial and waiting on appeal now. They have tried me on meds like motrin and valium. Have also been on neurontin. My doctor is trying neurontin and percocet. Still having spasms and pain. Any suggestions?
So sorry about what happened to you! I haven't seen your name here before, so let me say welcome if you are new to this site.
I would think any of the opiate pain meds would work well for you... yet they are highly addictive, as I found out, much to my chagrin.
Have you tried Opana? I haven't so I can't recommend it, but have read several posts about its efficacy.
Hang in there ace, other members will answer your question shortly!
Sounds like a terrible situation. You really need a second opinion. Call the most prominent hospital in your area for physician referal assistance. Get the name of an orthopedic surgeon specialized in spinal injuries.
I certainly don't believe your spine is disintegrating and nothing can be done. There must be a surgical procedure available to give you relief and prevent any farther complication.
As far as pain medicine goes, stay on the very minimal. Far to often drs are quick to prescribe heavy narcotics for any type of back pain. Especially if one were to go by your current diagnosis.
Find a new specialist, make sure he is not in the same practice as the one you saw. Stay on minimal narcotics. There must be a procedure or treatment that you will benefit from. God Bless and Good Luck. Sable
I can relate, so much it is getting to be impossible. I have a great MD that works with me. He hit it right on the nail and thank you God because I was in bad shape. I was on methadone from my before I found him. He works wonders. I get methadone every month and if I am having other issues he helps me not as a person durg seeking but treating me as a human. I wish I could help but support sometimes works wonders. I will be looking for your..kimmie1
I'm so sorry you even had to join this group but we are a great bunch of compassionate people only trying to help others in pain also. I know what disability from chronic pain takes away from you; life as you knew it.
Losing my own career I know made me depressed along with the pain itself.
For spasms maybe your doctor should consider a muscle relaxer with the other meds you are now on. I agree to not go up until you even know how effective the Percocet works on you and to be careful with anything you are given related to opiates.
Never think that by taking more it will just give you more pain relief. If it doesn't work as prescribed, talk to your doctor. So many people have went from being dependent on pain meds to addiction and there is a huge difference between those definitions. If this pain med with a muscle relaxer isn't enough, it may be time to get a long acting opiate.
I have hated disability and for me it took around 4yrs after I got injured to finally get approved. My only saving grace was that I also was injured on the job and had worker's comp from June 1999 through February 2001. When they send you to one of their doctors to say you are at "Maximum Medical Improvement aka MMI" that means you will soon stop receiving any worker's comp benefits but they won't tell you that. One day your check just won't show up and you call to find out that because of MMI, they are no longer going to pay you and all you can do is a settlement with them at that point.
My Mom took care of me from March 2001 financially until November 2001 when I received a lawsuit settlement from the driver of the vehicle.
I think I got my hopes up as even with enough money to buy a new home that had NO stairs and was handicap accessible along with paying Mom back and putting the rest into annuities that do pay me for life which I now know was a blessing, my depression got worse as NO amount of money can buy back your health.
I never took a financial settlement from worker's comp only asking for all medical bills including my meds be paid for and the company went bankrupt and I lost all of that. Now I pay $570 for only one of my medications 8mos out of the year with Medicare Part D drug plan. When I run into the gap/donut hole in May of each year, I struggle through December to make it. I just got my statement yesterday and I still have to spend over $1800 to reach the point of them lowering the cost of all my meds to be affordable. That won't happen before the beginning of the year.
I didn't mean to carry on so much but if any info I have given to is helpful from my own experience, I just hope that it was.
We are here for you and personally I don't do this for points or numbers but have found out to help others also helps me to live with a chronic pain disease with no cure.
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