Pain management vs. Surgery..??? Lots of Questions please help!!
I am 31 year old female and have been off of work for almost a year now, and my doctor just switched my pain medication to morphine sulfate CR 15 mg twice per day. Anyone know anything about this medication, side effects or problems??? . And I have been seeing a pain management specialist that my primary doctor sent me to. But we are on the 3rd injection, first 2 were regular epedurals with cortizone, and the third one was a lumbar block. And after each injection while I am sedated after the procedure I am in nopain. But as soon as it wears off I am in more pain then before! They are having me do another MRI and my primary doctor wants me to talk to a surgeon.
I have a herniated disc in the l5/s1 area which is causing massive nerve damage and have other disc I now causing problems now too.
I am worried because both doctors can't agree on what's next.
My pain mamagement doctor wants to do another injection and then wants to do RF.
And my primary doctor says that obviously the injectims aren't working and wants me to go see a back surgeon just to see what my options are.
Any advice would be excellent, and have you haf back surgery before? What's the recovery timeline?
Should I continue to have these injections done? Can they eventually cause damage??
I would appreciate any feedback on this!!!