To 'myself' ~ Yes, all of those medications are going to cause a lot of side effects !
I have degenerative disc disease and have had 3 back surgeries now, and I was also taking Trazadone to sleep, 150 mg a night, and it did a good job of allowing me to sleep, but there was definitely a drowsyness side effect each morning, especially if I took it too late at night. Unfortunately for me, after my last back surgery, I had to stop taking the trazadone because I was sleeping too good. Let me clarify that. Because I would sleep so soundly on trazadone, I would not move at all, all night, and I would wake up so stiff and sore that I would waste away half of the day waiting on the pain relievers to take effect. It took me a year and a half to get to the point of being able to sleep half way decently, but I no longer wake up sore, unless I forget to take my morphine of course.
I was also taking 900mg of neurontin 3 times a day for headaches, not for back pain. The neurontin was definitely making me drowsy until I got used to it, but that took quite some time. It did also give me blurry vision at times, and I thought it was something else, until I quit taking it. It did help to prevent my migraine headaches, but after taking it for over 6 or 7 years, I finally weaned myself off of it, and now I no longer take it at all. It never did do anything to stop the pain, it only dropped the frequency of the headaches. I feel a lot more alert now as well. I believe the neurontin was keeping me in a fog most of the time, and I had just gotten used to it. My memory was lousy as well, and now I'm able to recall so much more than I could when I was on the neurontin.
As for the Methadone, I was once prescribed that to replace the Morphine I was on, because of concerns that I would become addicted to the morphine. However, the methadone was 10 times less effective on the pain and made me 10 times as drowsy. I couldn't stay awake at all. I was not impressed with methadone at all. I'm now back on the morphine, and it is doing a good job of keeping my pain under control. If I miss a dose, believe me, I know it! It's been 20 months since my last back surgery, and it looks like the pain is here to stay, but as long as I can get the morphine to control it, I'm considering myself lucky.
As for the prozac, I'm not familiar with that, I've never used it.
The hydrocodone I used before I was prescribed the morphine, and it didn't do anything for me at all, except make me itch like crazy.
Good luck to you, I hope your doctors can help you get through this without surgery. That should be used only as a last resort. I'm now fused at C6/C7, and from T10 all the was through S1 because of my degenerative disc disease. I also lost control of my bladder and bowels after the second surgery, and the 3rd didn't restore it. So if I had known then what I know now, I would have tried every other option there was before I would have the surgery. I pray you have better luck than I did.
Hey ~ thanks for your response.
Surgery is definately OUT of the picture, even though, I suppose at some juncture I will HAVE to have the surgery to slow the progression of the stenosis both in the lumbar and the cervical areas of my spine. I am 45. My father had the surgery for the stenosis at around the age of 78, Within a year he could no longer walk and lost all abilities from the waist down, like you. Thus, I will not jump at surgery until it is the last resort; I shall keep taking the melange of meds that my doctor prescribes. I trust her and see her every two weeks.
Good Luck to You, CaddyMan. You have a strong conviction and I hope the best for you. I hope you have excellent care and have family members that love you. I have no family and am just winging it by myself.