I stumbled across this site and it has been a huge help in my information gathering process regarding the next step with my pain. Heres the scoop:
About 2 years ago I started to feel pain in my left arm with some numbness down into my fingers. I went to the Dr who immediately referred me to Nuerosurgery. I went to get MRI which revealed I had arthritis with some degenerative spinal stinosis in c5, c6.Also, have some nerve damage but I forgot what was causing it..its been a while since I've seen a Dr. Nuerosurgeon is very nice, gave me some pain meds and referred me to pain management. This is where the nightmare begins.
I showed up for the pain management appointment and they had planned an injection that same day. B/C I have a blood disorder which causes me to bleed a little more than normal he refused to intervene until I had a full workup with the hemotologist...fine, but it didn't stop there. He had asked me what I used to relieve pain and I told him the nuerosurgeon (his colleague) perscribed me 2 mg of dilaudid b/c nothing else worked. The pain management Dr immediately said do not ask him for pain meds b/c 80% of people become addicted to them and it will not be used for long term pain management. I felt attacked by a guy who knew me for 15 mins, who himself said for a young man of 33, has a lot of issues with his spine. He immediately assumed I wanted pain meds from him which I didn't b/c I have my nuero Dr taking care of that. I have since gotten the blood work and the pain management office will not return my calls. What is it with Dr's and painmeds...I've never had pain like this, just b/c certain people abuse pain killers why shouls us who suffer be treated like this? I've read many posts on here from people who experienced the same thing. On top of that, my wife thinks I'm not in as much pain as I say b/c how could I at 33 yrs old. My last MRI was 2 yrs ago, is it time I get a new one, I've had muscle spasms like never before recently and if I lift anything I'm in really bad pain. I'm so depressed b/c I love to work out, golf, etc and I can't do any of it at such a young age....I'm a high school teacher who can't be on pain meds during the day b/c it interferes with my cognitive thinking. Any ideas? Thanks for all of your help, this has been a great site and I enjoy reading your posts to get me through this hard time.