I have a first appointment at a pain clinic coming up soon and would really appreciate any help with a couple questions.
My history is:
4/25/2007-injured on the job, as a laborer
3/11/2008-ACDF at C5-6 and C6-7 with herniated disk at C6-7. The fusions did not progress and the surgery was "failed" ( surgeons words).
3/2008-Present: many treatments tried, no success.
Such as: P/T, steroid injections, a bone stimulator.
I have been under the care of my PCP, who has been managing my pain (severe and lifelong-Drs words).
The PCP doesn't manage chronic pain and that's why they are sending me to the pain clinic. The PCP has done the best they can for the Meds, they have me on 30 mg oxycodones (not time released), 4 pills a day.
They do help, but not that much and do not last for more than about 3 hours. I am not taking more than prescribed, but the pain keeps me awake at night and I am unable to be active in any way.
And my PCP told me that I am being "underprescribed".
So, my question is-
Could anyone out there help me to know, in general, what sort of medication(s) and APX how much I could expect to be prescribed from the pain clinic?
Thank you all so much,