Is it time to see a pain Management Specialist?
I have DDD in the L3,L4, and L5, It was aggravated during an Injury at work...I have Tried to Exercise and lose weight as instructed, but I only pay for exercise with more pain, and since my injury 4 years ago I have gained 60 pounds. I have been seeing the same Dr. the whole time...I am a walking Medicine Cabinet, Ibuprofen 800, Robaxin 750, Flexeril 5mg (at night instead of Robaxin) Amitriptyline (supposed to make muscle relaxers work better) T3 (was for occasional flares of pain but recently is DAILY). At my last visit about 45 days ago I complained again that My stomach is getting irritated and the pain relief of 2400 mgs of Ibuprofen is not doing what it used to..the only response I got was 40mg Omeprazole and take LESS Ibuprofen. I tried Aleave and Tylenol, they do absolutely nothing!
My stomach is better which is good, and I tried to take only 1600mg Ibuprofen a day, that was hell. In the past, I have went through 2 rehab clinics to make me more tolerant of standing and walking, they really didn't help much I think they are after work-comp Money! My Dr. is a family practitioner, I really want to see a specialist and can, because my personal insurance allows me to see one without a referral. I will have to pay out of my pocket and I don't care!
So how do I go about getting a second opinion/specialist help?
I need my medical history, to take to the specialist, how do I go about this without making my Dr. think I want more drugs just for the high....I laughable thought..I HATE THE DRUGS but I know the damage Ibuprofen will do to me...Is Tramadol, or Oxycodone worse? Hydrocdone does not work on me...found that out with a knee injury.
By the way my pain has increased to about 5/10 with Ibuprofen and T3 and 6/10 with just Ibuprofen, and 10/10 without any, all of these are with Robaxin. I am trying to work, with a 6/10 pain level and deal with 5/10 at home, and my sex life is a joke! I can't do hardly anything around home. Its just about driving me crazy! HELP ME PLEASE!
If you know of someone in the northern 'burbs of the Twin Cities..hook me up!