Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum but not new to pain. Almost 20 years ago I had decompression surgery as I had 2 severely prolapsed discs. Once I had recovered there was a period when I was able to get on with my life fairly well. I was not free from pain but it was manageable for the most part. But this didn't last and 12 years ago I needed more surgery- this time a 4 level lumbar fusion. I was warned that I would still be in pain but mobility would improve. Fast forward. The pain has continued to worsen and my mobility has decreased to the point where I am dependent on a mobility scooter when outside the home. I am also unable to cope with various day to day activities. I also have other health problems. I take a ridiculous amount of analgesics, including Gabapentin (which I am currently aiming to cut right down) and morphine, as well as medication for other things. Unfortunately, having fairly recently moved to a bungalow to make life easier, I now have a GP practice which is either unable or unwilling to provide the support I need. The pain, meanwhile, is getting worse and more widespread and I frequently feel at the end of my tether.
I apologise for the length of this post but being new to this site I thought I might as well explain as much as possible