Hello everyone. Im new here, been reading up for awhile and decided to join up to see what you guys think I should do. Im 25 and have been diagnosed with Level 1 Spondylolisthesis L4-L5, small lumbar disc protrusion L4-L5, and DDD. I was in the Navy for only 3 years and was medically discharged for this and other reasons. Now I go to the VA for my care as I don't have a job currently to get private insurance.
I have been on both Lortab 5mg and Tramadol on and off for 1 1/2-2 years. I went to see my doc today stating that the Tramadol is just not cutting it anymore. He first said to start taking 2 pills 3 times a day. Sigh, i told him I have been, you told me that last time I saw you. Then he went on to say that he will NEVER, emphasized the never, prescribe narcotics to someone as young as me no matter what. I told him that he's gotta be kidding and that's ridiculous and got mad and used a few choice words I probably shouldn't. I told him that I was tired of all the docs I've seen at the VA not believing me because i was so young. and of course he said he believed me. If he did he would do something about it. He also stated every time I've seen him that the VA is so amazing. Yeah, sure.
Well, now I'm thinking I need to change docs and find a Doc that will take care of me. But I just don't know if the VA docs are any good at all and fear that they will all treat me this way. My doc won't even send me to a PM doc. He also told me that there was nothing wrong with me back as he looked at the x-ray results that said there was something wrong. blantantly lied to me. I wouldn't have gotten disability from the VA if nothing was wrong. I've had x-rays and MRIs that show the problems.
Anyways, i've rambled. Anyone else here deal with the VA and have any suggestions? Thanks