Disclaimer: This is kind of a long story, but I will attempt to be as brief and concise as possible.
I am a chronic back pain patient. I don't remember the exact discs but they are in the L region. 1 is slipped and 2 are bulging then there are various others that are minor but starting to go.
My PCP sent me to a neuro surgeon. My last MRI was in February. The surgeon stated that he wanted another MRI. My level of pain did not seem to mesh with what he was seeing. Cut to July, my new MRI shows that disc to be significantly worse.
My PCP had me on 60MG MS-Contin and 15MG MS IR. This was doing nothing to ease my pain. Meanwhile, the surgeon told me that they realize the pain is bad but that they really think, because I am young, that we should try one injection before we do surgery. I agreed to this.
This whole time, I have been out of work, my family has been taking shifts at night to care for my son, I can't walk etc... I went to my PCP a couple of times and told him that these meds are not working. His response was he doesn't want to work with any more meds.
Cut to my injection. I get home, I am in more severe pain than when I went in. I call him up and he tells me to "bear with it." I ended up at the hospital where they could only give me Vicodin. I declined because if Morphine isn't going to help, Vicodin certainly won't.
Yesterday, my fiancee and I go to my PCP. I go in and tell him that this was unacceptable. To be told "bear with it" was not what I would expect when I pay nearly $400 a month for health insurance. My wedding is also next week, I have a 2 year old and a job I have to get back to. I want my life back and I cannot get it back with this constant pain.
I told him that if he is not comfortable treating me, let me know and I would be happy to collect my records and find a new Dr.
The end result, he increased the MS-Contin to 100MG's and refilled the 15MG IR's. So far, this is a little better. I am back to work. Walking with a limp but at least walking.
The problem is, just like last time. I know that this will cease to work after a couple of weeks and I again, will be in pain.
I have done research and have heard that MS-Contin is not the best medication to use in this situation for a lot of people.
My question is, what would you do? Do I stick with it and see? Maybe this time it will work. Or do I change Dr's?