I am so aggravated. I could scream! I have 3 issues pending and I hope someone can give me some insight.
1. EMG came back showing severe left side nerve compression in my upper and lower back due to the herniations. The doctor wants me to go to a pain management doctor for a consult on injections. PM doctor's office said I can't even make an appointment until they receive a complete history from my neurosurgeon. The woman at the office is so scattered I have asked 3 times for her to fax it over and it still isn't done in well over a week. I understand that once it is there I won't be able to even get an appointment until 2 or 3 weeks after that! Don't they realize that when someone is in chronic pain that everyday is precious in trying to get a resolution and weeks seem like an eternity? Which leads me to #2.
2. I am alone with 4 small children and have to work a billion hours just to pay the bills. Cutting my pay and going on disability would do me in financially. So my NS wants me to go 3x a week to physical therapy. I am killing myself trying to fit this in to my already packed day. Does it even work? I seem to be doing things I can do at home.
3. Lastly, my NS is a very cautious, old fashioned doctor. He has now switched all of his patients from percocet 10mg to codeine 60mg due to this FDA warning that they are going to ban this medication. The difference is substantial! Not only does it not touch the severe pain days but it just makes me so tired I could sleep standing up at work.
I am so sorry to vent I just feel like I am just running in circles. When I am having days that the pain is worse then the next I feel like there is no place to turn. Things are moving so slow and in the meantime the medication is like taking 2 tylenol.
Thanks for letting me vent here. Does anyone have some words of wisdom to offer?