3 months ago an MRI revealed buldging discs (L4/5 and S1) and I have been taking Oxycodone and receiving epidural injections (which do not help). The pain is only getting worse all the time. My Neuro said I cannot be helped by surgery, but I have made an appointment with an Ortho to confirm that opinion. A few weeks ago he added Morphine to my meds, but the pain is simply increases every day.
5 days ago, after having a truly painful, but otherwise uneventful day I han an unprovoked "Attack" of my back. I've never felt anything like it in my life! I don't cry much, but I was howling for 3 days, especially if I tried to move. Not the cute, boo hoo, either - I mean uncontrolable bawling. Could it have been what people call a "Spazm?" There was no injury - I didn't lift anything or twist my back. In my 20 year "career" in pain I have only been to the ER 3 times in my life and 2 of those visits took place in the last 5 days. They gave me a Toradol inj. and some oral (narcotic) muscle relaxer one day and A steroid - oral Rx and injection and Delaudid injection and oral diazepam 2 days later when there had been no improvement. The treatment helped just slightly - I still suffer terrible pain, cannot stand up straight, but the crying has ceased.
I saw my Neuro yesterday, but this time I was prepared...The ER doc suggested Fentanyl patch. I looked it up, printed 25 pages of indications, opioid conversion charts, patient instructions, etc. I was given 100 mcg gel patch which I applied for the first time 13 hours ago. I am feeling a little better (have not taken anything else for it so far today). Thanks to the good people on this site, I am informed that peak serum level can be expected at about 17 hours. So, I think I might be on the right path.
Has anyone ever heard of such a terrible back unprovoked back attack? Could it just be a reaction by my body from enduring such high levels of pain for so long?
Even if you can't answer, I'd like to thank you for being here. I have looked at other sites, which to my utter amazement are written by real "Junkies" who have clever (and often disgusting) ways of getting high - not sincerely and responsibly trying to manage genuine pain.