Hi Sheila, we’ve some in common. I, too, have joint issues and now nerve damage bc of spine disease. I’ve had both knees and hips replaced and one of the hips replaced twice bc of an infection from a steroid injection prior to the hip surgery. The spine disease has caused permanent nerve damage in my legs, feet, arms and hands. They want to do more surgery on my back, but I’m so tired of surgeries, and afraid too.
I take the Effexor and Lyrica for the fibro and depression, ambien and nortriptyline to sleep and the low dose Percocet for the joint pain and to help manage all the misery in general. There’s not a single day free from the pain. When they started talking about taking the Percocet away I just wasn’t sure how I was going to get through the days. The pain management dr worked with my PCP and developed a plan that was helping.
Then my PCP retired and the new Dr reduced the Percocet, had me stop taking the antidepressant I was taking, and added the Savella. I had too many side affects from the Savella so I weaned off that and went three days without an antidepressant, prior to starting the Effexor. They increased the Percocet back to what it was before all the changes. It was truly a senseless and horrid week.
Fortunately, I was starting to feel better this week, before I almost fell. The jerking and twisting to keep myself upright has now caused a disc in my neck and lower back to bulge, causing terrible pain if I move to quickly or at the wrong angle. Even if I went to urgent care they wouldn’t do anything bc I’m already taking the Percocet, so I’m home and doing the ice and rest treatment.
This whole situation stinks, and some days I don’t think life is even worth living. Then one of my kids visit and I remember why I keep going.
Thanks everyone for listening. Feels good to let this all out to others who understand. Soft (((hugs)))