Who to see about chronic pain after herniated disc surgery?
It will be a year Jan.21, 2011, I had surgery for c6/c7 herniated disc. After surgery, I still have pain in my neck, right shoulder, right arm and numbness in my right index finger. The spine surgeon said the pain would go away with time, and that I won't have to see him in the office any longer and to just call for my medicine refills. I take 900 MG Gabapentin three times a day, 1 to 2 500MG Hydroco
every four hours and 1 800 MG Metaxalone three times a day.
I continued to have varying degrees of discomfort. I do have a TENS unit that I use that sometimes helps with the pain. There are days that I hurt so much that my husband and kids try to stay away from me.
I am so afraid that I will become addicted to the pain medication that I will go a day or two without taking it. (those are the days everyone hides)
My husband wants to try to find another doctor to see if someone can help and I am agreeing with him but we don't know who and where to go.
Does anyone have any ideas and what / who we should see.
I am thinking I should see a nerve doctor but I just don't know anymore. Just tired of always hurting.