I have had 3 surgeries in the last 3 yrs. I have spinal stenosis.
The first surgery in Jan 2016 was open back leaving me with 2 rods and 8 screw. Also, 2 fusions.
The second surgery Aug. 2017 was to install a Cage to hold together I believe the L3 to L4 fusion.
The third surgery recently June 14, 2018 was for a Laminectomy. None have worked.
I am in constant pain and a walker doesn't work for me as my legs give out as well. I am near tears just going to a couple of stores.
I will be 70 yrs old on December 29. I don't take advantage of my Norco. I am definitely NOT AN ADDICT.
I take maybe at most 15mg per day. That is NOT ADDICITION.
And by the way don't let the Scottsdale address influence you. I'm broke and won't be able to retire until 98.
Prior to the surgeries I went to a Chiropractor, got trigger point shots, physical therapy in 2 different facilities, went to the Pain Clinic and had 4-5 Epidurals and several Ablations. I followed Protocol to the tee to avoid surgery but obviously nothing has worked.
P.S. I am still employed and unless I get a work from home position I'm out of luck. Also, single with no family to help
Orthopedic surgeons usually will not treat chronic pain. They typically refer people to pain management clinics for chronic pain treatment.
This answer is intended as general information and not as specific legal advice.
Thanks for your question. Evidence based medicine came into Arizona as of October 2016, so things are changing in the realm of opioid prescription/management. I would recommend that you contact a Board Certified Worker's Compensation attorney for a free consultation to discuss your options. There are a few of us on Avvo. Let me know if I can help. Be well,
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