I am a workers comp case. I say this because I am starting to believe that that alone dictates the type of care I am/have been receiving. Here's the deal-
I had a 360* double level fusion L-4 to S-1 on September 2 of this year. I have already been completely taken off of my Fentanyl patches and muscle relaxers. I am only on Percocet 10/325 and Neurontin 300. I am ok with what I have but I take up to 7 Percocet a day on "off" days although normally I take 4-5 which I feel is exceptionally reasonable considering what I had done. I have MAJOR pain in my left hip and since my surgery I have a new hip pain in my right hip. My left leg still goes numb and tingles. My back feels like someone took a jack-hammer to my spine (which in essence...) Anyway I go back to the doc the 22nd of Nov. I called today to get a refill for my Percocet and the nurse told me that the doc was very hesitant to refill but he agreed to but I need to be aware that when I come in next visit that they are taking me off and putting me on Lortab. Lortab and I do NOT get along and this doc KNOWS that.
Look- I hurt a lot more than I feel like I should some days but for the most part.... I read pre-op and found that recovery for a single level fusion is 6-18 months recovery. I am not even 3 months in on a double level fusion and in pain- and I feel like I am being patronized. I have consistently been yanked off of effective pain medications and put on lesser meds. I continue to adjust and do my best with what I have but I am getting frustrated. Anyone have ANYTHING they can tell me? Am I losing my mind or am I legitimately valid in my concerns? I don't know what to do at this point. I believe I am going to be getting an attorney due to the fact that I feel like I am being forced out of recovery too soon but other than that what can I do to protect myself from eminent pain? Ideas?