4 years. And still struggling. I keep saying the next procudere will be THE one. Most meds have stopped working. It's been up and down. Mostly up. But when it's bad its awful. I've had all kinds of injections and a fusion. Seems it just gets worse. I constantly wish they would just throw me in a hospital and get it fixed. But it doesn't work like that. Fentanyl patches don't work. And that's all they give me. That and hydros. I'm at my wits end.
Surgery should be your absolute last resort. I would say 4 years and with you stating you are at your wits end that you should be seeking out specialists opinions about surgery. Get to a neurosurgeon and get an opinion.
I've also been going through hell for about 5 years. 3 failed back surgeries by a now known butcher. besides my pain I developed SEVERE MAJOR depression and I'm a single mom trying to raise a 3 year old at 40 years old. lol. Dr mentioned fentanyl patches next maybe. for 3 years I've been taking Percocet 10 mg four times a day and very little relief. considering all the lifting I've done since my daughter has been born, I'm not surprised. I'm lost & have given up. no doctors can help any of it.
I have seen many different specialists. With a pain doc now. Who just keeps the same meds. Nit sure where to go+from here. I am having my nerves burned Thursday. I'll let u know. But the longer this drags out the harder it has been. Ive never been depressed. But feel it's become a factor now.
new doctor/doctor group! I went to kaiser and they are hella committed to getting people back on their feet asap. it sounds like you need to seek the different knowledge and practices of different doctors. I switch if I'm not happy but I finally found a good one. good luck doll