Since the surgery I have had both rotator cuffs, wrists and rt ankle operated on.My spine has been diagnosed with DDD, arthritis, bone spurs & spondylitis.I have tried 6 therapies including reiki, traction, neck braces, chiropractor & pillow, I bought6 back massagers w/ heat. I have had epiderals, facet inj and lastly thoracic rad ablat which has helped the most. I am only getting the epideral & facet inj in the side of my neck. They help some. Unfortunately to function minimally (I can't work) I am ashamed to say percocet the lowest dose 3x day get me thru. The problem is they are not showing up in my urine test. I do take them as prescribed. I don't sell them. I have been happily married for 25 yrs. I have never smoked anything or taken illegal drugs. I have no tattoos and have only received a speeding ticket. I have been learning that gastric bypass patients with malabsorption of various drugs. I can no longer take birth control pills or any XL medication. I am looking to see if any medical research is being done on this problem (I volunteer!). If I am suffering this much now at 45 who bad will it be in 10 yrs.
I do not know much about gastric bypass but I am 35 and suffer from some of the same spine issues that you do. I understand how difficult it is to be in so much pain everyday. Don't be ashamed to take pain meds. You deserve to be treated for your pain. Just wondering if you have taken the saliva test to see how your body metabolizes your medications? My neurologist did this test on me to help determine what meds were best for me. If you have not done this it may be an option to help prove you are taking the meds properly and determine if there might be better treatment options for you.
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