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Hi everbody, haven't been a great buddy as have been dealing w/way too much stuff. So Sorry. I'm 2yrs post op from 3 level lumbar fusion w/cages and 2 level cervial fusion w/plate, cadavar graft and screws. All which have failed and on top of if I now have a severe Adesive Arachnoiditis which is incurable. I can no longer work and am tottaly disabed, but have been helping others to be more positive and upbeat. I had a implanted stimulator placed on January 20th of this year, I cold turkeyed off of Oxycontin and Oxycodone without problems. They have given me Hydrocodone for the extra pain. My primary MD's office staff just doesn't seem to understand that there is at times severe pain that hydrocone doesn't cover. I hurt my back severly last week and just today got a call back from my neurosurgeon that also runs the pain clinic that is 200 miles away and also got to talk to my implant specialist(who is wonderful by the way). The neousurgeon wants plain x-rays that need to be ordered by my primary here in town, however, his office just cann't seem to get me in till next Monday. I've been an RN for over 20 years and did work in an office for several years and I know that you always keep appointments for emergenies. In the meantime I'm upright in a question mark postion, implant up as high as it can go(so I move like Herman the Monster) and the pain is 10+. Thank you for letting me vent. I hurt so bad :''( 8>


  • Pain is definately no fun. You are in my thoughts and prayers that things will quickly work out so you can begin to feel better. :)
  • Hope you're feeling a little better today. How did it go at the doctor's office? Did you explain to them everything you've told us about the pain, etc.? It's bad enough to not be feeling your best - but to have to deal with office staff who just do not get it, well that just makes things worse.

    I had an incident last month with the snotty attitudes at my doc's office (I just went in to pick up written prescriptions). I sent an email to my doctor and explained to the doctor that I realize everyone has a bad day. But, doctors are there to HELP people. Surely you would think their support staff should convey that same attitude? After all, for the patients who go to pain clinics - just about every day is a bad day. The next time I was there, I noticed they were much nicer.

    I hope you have better days ahead. Take care.

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