To answer your question(s):
I have a good Neurologist, and she's been seeing me since the late 90s. The diagnosis for both conditions came from her and two other Neurologists, who saw me for a worker's comp condition. I suppose the fact that I had emergency surgery for a laminectomy in May 1991 has something to do with my increasing problems with pain. That surgery was for the L-2 through S-1, and I have bars and screws affixed to the spine!
The morphine is from my neurologist, along with the Gabapettin! I was once able to take larger doses of Gaba, but am limited to 3, 300 mg capsules a day because of my kidneys.
I am aware of the dangers of morphine, but it is the only source of relief I get from the neuropathy! It is prescribed by my Neurologist!
I do so appreciate your concerns, and believe me; I have the same ones! As for the Epidural injections, I had them for years, but they did not address the pain! In fact, it is believed that they may have been one reason for my coming down with Type 2 Diabetes! The same doctor who was elevated to national prominence with the Erin Brockovich case treated me for six years, and made the diagnosis of the steroid epidural injections weakening my pancreas and causing the diabetes! While this theory was laughable in the late 90s, it is now becoming more seriously considered as a link to Type 2 diabetes! I had epidurals from 1986 [date of injury] through 1997. They were mandated by workers comp, as a pain therapy!
I've spent so much time in pain groups that one group counselor with my HMO, had me leading groups and speaking to groups toward the end of my seven years with them! Again, this was a worker's comp paid treatment!
I've pursued every avenue possible, thanks to cyber space; I am well versed in the subject of pain management! I should also point out that I was a vocational rehab counselor for several years, and my speciality, before being injured on the job was pain-related pain-related injuries and job development!
I do so appreciate all you and Nancy shared and asked, and only wish there was something new? I am starting to think that I am suffering from spinalstenosis, a common problem after spinal fusion. I will be returning to my orthopedist for re-evaluation of this possibility! Spinal stenosis does cause severe neuropathy in some cases, and fusions do cause a weakening of the spine above and below the fusion! I also have numerous places on the spine that are of critical concern to my doctors, but their only answer is more surgery, and I did not think the surgery in 1991 did all that much to end my pain! And I do not want another surgery, unless there is no other way to bring relief. With surgery comes scar tissue, and when they fuse your spine, the areas above and below the fusion breakdown and cause problems' years later!
I have suffered with pain since 1987, and kind of gotten used to some of it, but it been a long, painful journey! However, by the grace of Good have I been able to move forward, mentally and emotionally!
May God richly bless you both! I do appreciate your thoughts; it's that I've been there and done that!