I've had pain in my back and neck for almost 2 years now.
I am 34 years old. My internist has tried to manage the pain with Hydrocodone for just over a year now.
It's not doing the trick. The relief comes on slow and is not that effective. I've also tried a TENS unit and p.t.
My dr. agreed to refer me to an actual pain management specialist.
I opened the yellow pages and there's over 2 dozen to choose from. I want an excellent doctor, and I need help in how best to choose one.
I'm sure there are certain things to ask about, etc.
I know all 2 dozen or so in my city can't be created equal.
Also, what expectations should I have, from research I know that some aim for near total relief while others merely aim for partial relief. My internist says surgery is frowned on these days, as the result is often more harm than good.
To summarize, just looking for tips in choosing a really good doctor here, how to do that and what to ask for and what to expect. Thanks all!
I have an 'annular tear' in my lower lumbar along with
'desaturation' of the disk. When the pain from this rears it's head death seems like a nice option.
I also have a 'hermangioma' in my mid back that causes constant biting pain, especially when sitting at my desk, etc. I also have neck and shoulder pain, my doctor says is associated with the local nerves.