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Pain Management worthless

Started by plorentz on 02/04/2010 11:07pm

I have herniated discs in L4 & L5 with severe radiculopathy for approx 1 yr, I have been seeing Pain management for 4 months. I have had 3 EPS with relief not lasting more than a week. When I called his office after 10 days they said "Well what do you want us to do?" I have advised him of leaking of urine, he suggests urologist. He said 3 weeks ago that he would refer to neurosurgeon and that still has not been done. He states that he does not prescribe narcotics that if I need them to call PD. So what is Pain management for??? Next suggestion from him is stimulator but I don't get to see him for another week! I don't think I can take it!! Any ideas? PS. I don't do well with pain medications due to depression.

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See another Doctor. You are the patien the doctors work for the patients not the other way around. You have to be the boss of your own health care and when you let the doctors tell you things that you now are not good then you need to move on. If you are having urinary problems you should go to the er right away and tell them whats going on and bing your fils of the herniated disc if you have them that will save time, when u become incontinent that make things way more serious and permanent by the way. Go see someone else and make them understand whats going on!

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Absolutely see a different doctor, BUT... be careful on getting on opiate treatments unless you really feel no other option. I was started on a lowdosage of oxycodone and within 5 years I was taking 14400mg's of oxycontin per month( 6- 80mg per day) and it no longer was about treating pain, but not feeling "sick" from opiate withdrawal. You will become severely depressed due to these meds and lose interest in just about everything. I ended up on suboxone, which helps with the pain a bit, but mainly the benefit is there is a ceiling effect where all you need is the 3 a day and the depression will go away and your libido will return, too!!! Good luck!!!

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You definately need to see another doctor! If the pain specialist is an anesthesiologist , I would suggest you see a physiatrist. Their job is to find the exact cause of your pain & treat accordingly. I have just gone through EMG, MRI, x-rays & etc & a physiatrist discovered my left pelvis/hip is smaller than my rt. After yrs it has aggravated my lower back & sacroiliac joint. I had to use a small lift in my lt shoe & small Readers Digest thickness book under my lt buttock when sitting. I have received facet injections to "calm the area down" (got 8- 4 on each side of spinal column) in Feb & that plus the lift/book combination has made all the difference. The radiologist did not pick up on the
differences of my hip like the physiatrist did! Good luck.

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Find another doctor. Many doctors are clueless when it comes to pain management. I too had a pain doc recommend a stimulator. I asked my neurosurgeon about it and he said to run, don't walk to a new doctor.

Good luck with your pain.

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