Hi. My name is Darlene and I’v Had chronic back pain since my 1st back surgery in 2012. I was fused from L1-L5 for my 1st surgery. I had suffered with back pain from my early 20’s and I was 57 for my first surgery. I had scoliosis, stenosis and several other problems. I was put on prescription drugs for pain in February 2013, seeing a pain management doctor who tested me for everything.
With generic testing I was found to be an ultra rapid metabulizer. So my pain meds are limited after being tried on just about everything. I had a herniated disc in March 2017, so additional surgery to extend my fusion to S1. Since every doctor wants you off opioids I’m in the process of getting a spinal cord pain stimulator. I’m so afraid it will not work because I have pain that now seems to be SI joints. I think I need a second opinion. My pain is constant from my lumbar spine down my butt, to both hips. My left leg randomly goes to sleep with pins and needles. I don’t know what to do. They only did the MRI for my lumbar spine and did not go down to my SI joints.
Any suggestions on where to go next?