This is my first post and I need some advice about finding the right pain mgmt doctor. I'm currently being treated by my family doctor and we've done conservative treatments for 2.5 years. During this time I've consulted with a pain mgmt doctor and a surgeon. The pain mgmt doctor is no longer in the group so I'm trying to find the right doctor. I've stuck with my family doc because until now, I haven't needed anyone else. This past week has been hell on earth and I need to make a decision ASAP.
I want to hit the nail on the head the first time and not have to mess around trying to find someone who will treat me properly. If this means different medicine, which it probably does, I do not want to be scrutinized like some druggie.
A quick summary, cervical and lumbar herniations - the cervical went from bad to really bad in the past week. My current medication(s) are not coming close to taking care of the pain. In 2.5 years I've never asked for stronger medicine than my current 30mg 10/325 norco per day, but more than likely the time has come to change medicines. I also have NSAID(s), Flexiril, Amrix, and Prednisone at my disposal. I've had the best luck with the Norco, followed by good 'ole Ibuprofen. I almost cannot stand the "pill hangover" from Flexiril and the Amrix just makes me sleepy.
I might add that I'm not just looking for different medications - I'm interested in being looked at for trigger-point injection candidacy, more physical therapy, and any other non-invasive treatment.
I don't even know if a Pain Mgmt doctor is who I need to see. Spine doctor? Can anyone advise me on the proper way to find a no BS, no hassle doctor to treat serious back pain? I've got all of the proper documentation, MRI films, etc. I need advice and I'm not sure who to ask or believe. Thank you for the time. -C