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What exactly does a pain management doctor do?
I have to go outside of my insurance to see a pain management doctor that is not too far from where I live. The initial consultation is $300.00. Is this a lot? And, what does the doctor do? I am going to have surgery but it won't be until January at the rate I am going and I need some help to cope in the meantime. I really don't want more drugs. I've tried a ton of them and I haven't had any luck. Is there something they can do that doesn't involve taking more drugs? Is this going to be a waste of $300? What do you guys think?
About me: thrown from my horse 9/28/09. 4 fractured lumbar vertebrae, 2 bulging disks, DDD, the foreman on the left is crushed causing excruciating sciatic pain. So far I've been on a ton of meds (dilaudid, vicodin, percocet, volataren, flexerill, nortryptaline...). I react to the big pain killers by becoming WIDE AWAKE but the pain doesn't really go away.