I have had 2 back surgeries more than 10 years ago. Problem is the pain has never gone away or even lessened in its intensity. As soon as I get out of bed in the morning my pain starts upon standing . If I lie down it will take the pressure off but as soon as I am standing again the pressue is so intense then it starts moving up my back causing spasms & pain intensity that is incredible. I have not found a pain med that gets rid of the pain to the degree that I can fuction like a normal person. I have a pain specialist but he doesn't help a lot. I need to have some answers. I feel like I have given my life up for pain. What can I do?
It's hard to answer your question without knowing more details like e.g., what was the back surgery for - slipped disc? Spinal fusion? Also, keep in mind that I'm not a doctor, so my knowledge about this is going to be limited.
I guess my questions would include do you have a rheumatologist now? Have you had a recent x-ray, CT scan or MRI of your back? Do you know what's going on in your back that's causing the pain? And if not, ask your family doctor for a referral to a back specialist so you can get further testing done. The first step to solving your problem is to find out what is causing it - it may be that merely taking painkillers isn't going to solve your problem, that perhaps you need another surgery or e.g., if it turns out you have arthritis in your spine, you may need one of the DMARDs (disease modifying antirheumatic drugs like methotrexate, Arava or the Biologics).
Please let us know how things go?
Since you have already had two surgeries with no relief you should try to find a surgeon that specializes only in spinal surgery. If you live in an area that is near a large university with a medical school that would be the place to start. Go to their web site and check out the physicians specialties. You will probably find the physician will be an Orthopedic Surgeon or a Neurosurgeon. If you want references call a Private Practice Physical Therapy office in your area and ask to speak with the owner. They treat patients from most of the local physicians and hopefully will be able to steer you in the right direction. If you happen to live anywhere near central Virginia, respond and I can give you a couple of surgeons names.
Best of luck to you