I have had severe pain in my lower back and neck due to a broken C7 a couple years ago and I guess just age taking it's toll on my lower back. Had an MRI and I have DDD with a couple disk herniations and some spurs.
Anyhow, I had been seeing a neurologist that just pushed Roxicodone and did nothing else to get to the problem. After months of this I got a PCP and he referred me to a pain clinic. The doc acted as if I shouldn't be in any pain and said Roxicodone was for cancer. I asked for Lortab until my injections were completed in about 3-4 weeks and he said "No. You will go into withdrawal" and he demanded that I take Opana ER. After 3 days on that stuff I was a zombie that was still very much in pain. He would not return my phone calls and after a couple weeks I told my PCP what happened and he is referring me to a neurosurgeon.
My problem is that where at first it was nothing but drugs from my neurologist, now it's no medication at all while I get to the root of the problem. Is there no middle ground? I have talked my PCP into a months worth of Lortab but if the neurosurgeon doesn't feel he can help me where do I go? I live in a rural area and the pain clinic I went to is almost the only one in town. Can I not be on medication while I go through these procedures? I almost wish I had stayed with my Roxicodone doc and stopped looking for the truth. It's ridiculous.
Do I keep going until I find a doctor who understands that I must be able to function while these procedures are being scheduled and are taking place? I am so frustrated. I've taken so much time off work because of this and here I sit in pain.