Re: Help...need input
Hi Deb. I can only give you my experience. About 2 1/2 years ago, I was experiencing increasing lumbar pain, then left leg pain and numbness. Then started to develop right leg/foot pain and and increasing fatigue and disability, all the time soldiering on in a very active job. After a long ride on the healthcare merry-go-round, was diagnosed with adhesive arachnoiditis in 10/07. Surgery is not an option and AA causes intractable pain and has no cure.
Early on, I had to decide to have the best quality of life possible by finding with my doc the optimal cocktail of meds. I am currently on Lortab, tramadol, baclofen, neurontin, Celexa, and Androgel, which go a long way to making my life liveable. I haven't regretted for a minute using meds daily.
I know that not everyone has a cast-iron stomach like I do, and some folks can't tolerate a lot of meds. In my case, though, it was an easy choice to make between dependence and not being able to function much at all because of pain. I hope you make the best decision for you. Ernie