Hello Everyone:)This is my first time on the forum.I'm a 28 year old female with severe spinal issues.I will try to keep this as short as i can.So what i have is Severe Spinal Stenosis,3 Herniation in Lumbar,2 in Thoracic,2 Bulging in Cervical.Ive had all the injections and blocks all the medications and steroids the anti inflammatories etc.All the non-invasive and invasive treatments ive even had the surgery and unfortunately all ive ever gotten was worse.I now have permanent nerve damage post op on my right side.I cant feel to the touch of my right leg though i can feel all the pain inside my leg.Go figure huh?!! lol
Ive just started going to a new Pain Management Doctor and things were going great,FINALLLY!! Hes put me on medication that actually work for me and i feel like with these medication i can get back to living my life again.Ive feel ive been robbed of at least the last 6 or 7 years.All ive known for the past 7 years is pain,pain and more pain.Doctors appointments,treatments,surgeries,scans,new medication,fighting with Doctors who wont listen etc etc etc All the things im sure so many of you know all to well.
So since meeting him i had very high hopes of getting my life back and thinking maybe i can still achieve some of my dreams and goals for my life and maybe just maybe,the nightmare is over? That last bit just leaves me sobbing in tears.Because its not over.I seen the PM for the second time last week and he said that he wants to believe im telling him the truth but unfortunately alot of people have been caught lying to him recently.A middle-aged woman who he treats was getting medications from him and selling them.She was turned in and now he says he cant believe any patient of his.And i can understand to a point.I know there are people that are just drug seekers and we all know they will go in crying and saying there in pain and do anything they can to get the drugs.And it makes me so angry because when a person is in serious legitimate pain they are not believed or treated like a drug addict.But in my situation i have all my MRI reports proving just how severe my back is.My Surgery reports.I have all the reports of all the treatments and literally the paperwork of everything ive ever had done.But he said he wants to believe me but in order to trust me he wants me to come in in a few weeks and take a test.Im really not thrilled about another procedure but ill do it because my pain is real and i have nothing to hide.What worries me is that he will not tell me what the test is or how its performed.He will only say its an NS test.Then the other thing that makes me worry is that he said that he is one of the only remaining few Doctors who do this test because and i quote ,"its not sophisticated".All i can think is what does that mean? And this test is the only thing that will set his mind at ease he says.
My question here is if anyone knows what an NS Test is and how its performed? And i really want to know if its an accurate test because if its not then i don't think its fair to base my treatments and pain level on the "unsophisticated" test.That's not even used anymore.
I also want to add that yes the pain medication im taking are narcotic pain medication and i know that is not ideal.But is it better to have a person in chronic pain suffer and have a zero quality of life or take narcotic pain killers and have that person be able to enjoy what quality of life they can manage to have?? And i have never once taken more then prescribed and i fully intend on weening off as soon as i can.Im keeping my attitude as positive as i can and im hoping something will turn around and it will get better and i wont need narcotic pain killers.But in the meantime how does it make sense that me and people with genuine chronic pain like me suffer by not being given medication to treat our pain just because there are drug addicts out there,ya know?
Anyhow im so sorry i made this thread so very long.But if anyone does know what a NS Test is please share.I want to know what the test does and how its performed.They wont even tell me if its invasive or not.What if there are side effects or possible complication? They wont even let me know i dont think thats right.I want to make sure im being treated fairly.
Maybe they should just give us all a lie detector test huh? Id take it in a heart beat.
Thank you all for taking time to read my post.