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Jun 17, 2014 - 0 comments









Chronic Pain

I have way to much nerve damage and damage to my spinal cord and Chiari and a tethered spinal cord to bore you with all the history. I've had 4 c-spine surgeries with each leaving me with more nerve damage. I've been using a tens unit since 1991, prescription pain patches, biofeedback, you name it I've thrown it at it and always willing to try something new. Meds I'm on:
Lyrica 200mg 3x a day
Morphine Sulfate ER 20mg 3x a day
Percocet 10/325 for breakthrough pain

The Morphine only works on some of the pain. I wake up every day in such pain that I have to hold my head with both hands and can barely walk. My pain Doctor wants to have me off of the Percocet in an month. He cut me from 3x a day to 2x and it's NOT working. I'm spending my entire morning just trying to handle the pain until I can take a Percocet to simmer it down. I live in Montana and the doctors here are not concerned with helping you get the pain under control. They're more interested in getting you off the pain meds and expect you to be able to deal with it in other ways. I've been doing this since 1989 and try everything I hear about just to deal with it. But what type of life is it when over half of it is spent in such pain you can't move or think. We're only on this earth for a short time, I want to spend that time enjoying life and my children & grand children as best I can.
I'm going to be asking my doctor to switch me to MS Contin 30mg SA and MS Contin for breakthrough. Does anyone have any thoughts on that?
My Neurosurgeon is in Colorado and after talking with doctors and others in Colorado with chronic pain I'm thinking of moving to Colorado.
1. To be closer to my Neurosurgeon
2. Better pain management doctors

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