Tim - 50, Back Surgery Pain

Due to a fall in May of 2010, I fractured the T12 vertebrae.  I had surgery to remove this vertebrae and fuse the T11 to the L1 vertebrae.  This was done from the side, cutting muscle, the diaphragm, and breaking a rib to gain access to the anterior side of my spine.  After 3 months the surgeon was satisfied that the fusion was progressing and his construct was holding the spine at the proper angle.  However, I was having a lot of pain in my pelvis, in the side where the incision was and from the rib that was broken.

In order to return to work I needed to stop taking narcotic pain medication.  The first week of August 2010, I stopped taking this medication, hoping with physical therapy and Tylenol the pain would subside and I would be able to return to work.  By the morning of August 23, I had not slept more than 2 hours a night and frequently would find myself flipping through the channels at 4am hoping to find something other than paid programming, wishing I could fall asleep.  I had filled out the paperwork to go on disability and was beginning to think that I would have to take the narcotics and be unable to work.  At 5am on the 23rd I had a tablet of pain medication in my hand, knowing that if I just took it, I would get 4 or 5 hours of sleep.  But because I had an appointment with the InterX Therapy Center that afternoon, I decided no to take the pill. 

After a one hour treatment I felt much and though I had some difficulty getting to sleep, but after 2 Tylenol I was able to sleep for 5 hours.  After 2 more treatments I was falling asleep around 10pm and sleeping and sleeping until 6 or 7am.  I had much less pain and found that my mood was also much improved.

I have had 3 weeks of treatments and now have a device at home with me.  I have some pain, but nothing that requires narcotic medication.  I see the surgeon soon and look forward to being released to return to work.