I have been having severe pain in my neck, between my shoulder blades, and in my low back. The low back pain has gone on for 13 years and it is a chronic condition. Now as of 3 months ago I have the additional pain between by shoulders and in my neck. My recent MRI does not show any severe problems so my doctor thinks my pain is not as bad as it is. MRI showed mild disc bulging in neck and thoracic spine and artheritis in low back (facet joints).
Also some mild to moderate stenosis in thoracic area. I had an epidural injection yesterday and am praying for some relief. My doctor practically refuses to give me anything for pain. I have gone to him for 15 years and have very rarely asked for pain meds. and yet I think he thinks I'm just depressed. I am very depressed because of three month of horrible pain. I have now had to take a leave of absence from my job because of the pain. How do you convince a doctor that the pain is causing the depression, not the other way around? Does anyone else have bad back pain without the clinical evidence to back up the pain? I finally got some vicodin from the doctor, but he thins 30 tablets should last me a month. You are supposed to take 2 every 4 hours. I only take two a day at night to make them last. Please help. Thanks! Hope