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Back Problems board


Hi Oakley:
Yes, I have heard of the synthetic stuff that is available in the U.S., but unfortunately not here in B.C.

Hi Jude:
I was quite interested in the topic you had written about the Enbrel. Again, I don't know if this is a drug that is available in Canada. I will check with my G.P. when I go in to see him for my flu shot on November 3rd.

I have a slight advantage in that I work for a Biotech company. Most of the senior staff are doctors and scientists and most are from the US where my VP used to work in an operating room when he was in the US Military and is quite familiar with back operations.
He told me of a number of procedures that they do in the U.S that are not practiced in Canada at this time.

I have been told of a number of other options which are practiced there which are being reviewed for approval in Canada as early as mid-2004, which is a bit late for me as I certainly don't want to wait that long.

I tried not taking the Oxycodone again today, but I broke down again at around 7:00 PM and took another half pill.
My foot isn't too bad first thing in the morning as it has been resting and it takes a few hours for the pain to kick in during the day.
Usually by about 5:00 or 6:00 it is getting to the point of being unbearable and I hang in as long as I can before taking one, but eventually break down.

It is still 3 1/2 weeks before surgery and so I hope that I can keep at this level for another week or so.
I don't know how I will make it the last 1 1/2 weeks without any based on what I have been going through.
But I have told my office I might have to take a week off before I have the surgery in order to handle the pain after I get off the Oxycodone.

It is again 1:15 AM and I have been trying to sleep since 10:00 PM, having taken two sleeping pills so far.
At least on the weekend, it doesn't matter if I look like a zombie from lack of sleep as I don't have to go in to the office.

I guess it is time I got off of here and tried getting some sleep again though.

Thanks to all of you that are posting on here. It is great to hear from somebody else that is either going through what I am or has already gone through it and offering mental support.

God bless.