Mom's neurosurgeon has referred her to another neurosurgeon who specializes in implants- stimulator and morph. pump.
She has also seen 2 pain Drs who DO NOT use meds- one only does the stimulator BUT the TRIAL SHE ATTEMPTED FAILED. So mom is down to the one remaining Dr. who DOES NOT PRESCRIBE meds-which she wants to find a Dr. who believes in breakthrough meds. She cannot get an appt. w/ a third pain Dr. to interview until June 6th. Her last surgery in Dec. has left her in terrible pain which prompted her surgeon to refer her the the 1st pain Dr. for the failed stimulator attempted. She has lived the last 6 months on Percacept or Loratabs for the pain and is terrified by the thought of not having the meds to get her through til she can find a permanent pain Dr. Her neurosurgeon says this week is the last week of medication he will give her. In the process of maiking the appt. with the THIRD pain Dr. she asked if he did the implants- stim. and pump- and the nurse said she couldn't address that my mom would have to see the Dr.
1) How in the world can you have a "failed back" and NOBODY will give you meds while you can find a GOOD perm. pain Dr.??
2)How can a Dr's. office not advise you that they are capable of a specific procedure?? TWO neurosurgeons have said "find a pain Dr. that will install a pump or a stim as those are two of the most viable pain manangement options you have" yet this Dr. won't answer that question w/out her coming into the office...