Hi everybody. This is my first time posting here. I have been dealing with chronic lower back pain for about four years now. I've been told by three docs (incl 2 PM docs) that I have facet disease.
First PM doc gave me a caudal. I had no sedation and was feeling so much pain with the injection that they were only able to inject 2mls of the lidocaine (out of 4mls) and 4mls of the cortisone .5ml at a time (goal was to inject 10mls). That was a nightmare and I got no pain relief at all.
Then I moved to CA from NY. Saw a new PM. Had been prescribed oxycodone in NY but for some reason it is being rationed in CA. He put me on MS contin (30 or 15mg), percocet (5mg), and gabapentin. Then he performed bilateral facet injections. I think these helped a bit. Then since I was going to be switching my ins. to one that wouldn't cover him, he did radio frequency two weeks later.
In the meantime, my face blew up like a balloon. Thought it was the gaba, stopped taking it. Saw no difference. Then weaned of the MS contin. My face is almost back to normal but my pain is back in full-force. I feel like I'm at the end of my rope! I got an appt. with the PM for which I now have to pay cash and if he prescribs meds, I will also have to pay cash. With the new "insurance" I have, I have to jump through hoops to get treated for pain. I've started on that road but it is going to take a bit.
So...I guess I'm here asking - what have you found most effective in treating your pain AND does anyone know what the cheapest generic pain med is so that I can ask if the PM will prescribe that until my insurance starts helping me?
Thank you for reading!