Well I just got back from the PM docs office.
It was a good visit. In general I'm having a better day pain wise, so that helps I guess.
I did decide to go in and ask to have my meds reduced again. He is totally on board with it, but also said if it was too much of a reduction, or if I have a big increase in pain, just let him know, and he'll put me back on the 30mgs of Avinza.
Right now I've changed to Kadian 20mg. Was taking Avinza 30mg. So hopefully that's not too bad of a cut.
I'm still on the Percocet 10/325 up to twice a day for BT pain. I've been mostly getting by with one per day, sometime one and a half.
I also take Robaxin 750mg twice per day because I have these NON STOP muscle spasams even still one year post PLIF. They are probably one of the most annoying parts of the whole "pain" process. They wake me up out of a dead sleep.
So that's where I am today. If it doesn't go well and I don't adjust well, or the pain is bad, then I will call him, and just run over and pick up a Rx for the Avinza. I literally live around the corner, so it's not a big deal. He said call, and run by...but hopefully I can make it through.
Wish me luck. We also talked about a stim implant, but I'm just not ready to face another surgery. All three of my major surgeries, I have crashed on the table. So I just don't want to do it. He said to me, "don't say never, just say not right now"...so definitely for right now, I don't think I'm interested in having a stim done. My BP crashes for some weird reason, last time was 52/64, and doc said he came close to losing me, then I also had the problem with the spinal leak....so, let's just say, I'm not real thrilled about any more surgeries.
I may have some myofacial massage to break up the scar tissue that has enveloped my sciatic nerve. It's in the process of crushing it again!! GREAT, just great!!! The initial pain would be extreme in breaking up the scar tissue, but the long term benefits would be dramatic, and I may just go for it. I'm praying on this one right now. I need some courage!
So that's where I am right now!! The meds, massage, biofeedback...hopefully those things will help me manage the pain. Guess we'll see. It's been helping so far!!