Hi all. I've been sitting here thinking over my last visit with my PCP.
This is my history: Disc degeneration with large posterior spur and stenosis at C5-6. Severe right and moderate to severe left foraminal narrowing due to uncovertebral joint spurring. Protrusion at C6-7 abutting the left C7 nerve root. Minor disc bulge and spur C4-5. Also have low back/leg/tailbone pain, leg weakness. Tarlov cysts in sacral spinal canal. Meds Wellbutrin, Prilosec, Levisin, Lidoderm patches, Norflex, Tramadol, Flexeril. Cervical ESI March 12 another scheduled April 9. Have tried PT & TENS
I wrote down all the problems I have and all the treatments I've tried through my NS and PM. My doctor read my report from the NS that said basically the same as the myelogram report above. Then he said, I still don't see any reason you'd need narcotics. All he's ever given me is Tramadol and muscle relaxers. Now I'm trying Savella. I've never asked for narcotics. I have told him the tramadol doesn't help much but I'd never ask for a specific drug because I know he'd probably think I only want drugs. It's a shame that we have to fear being labeled as a drug seeker just because we have pain we'd like to control. I'd just like to know if any of you with similar test results have the same problem getting adequate pain management. Am I wrong to think I have a real reason to need something other than tramadol?
I was just thinking about what he said and it makes me mad to think he'd be this way after seeing me for 14 years. It's not like he doesn't know me and know how much all of this is affecting my life. I don't go to his office in tears, that's just not me. I'm a person who tries to be 'tough'. You know that saying that what doesn't kill us will make us stronger? Well, I'm strong enough already! I think a lot of him personally but I feel like if he's not going to take my pain seriously I need to find someone who will. I just don't understand it.