Hi there, I am new here and need some advice.
I have been dealing with lower back pain for years but it became so bad and recently started with the butt and leg pain to the back of my knee. About 3 months ago my primary doc perscribed me Vicoden 5/500 4Xday, Flexeril 10 2Xday and Lodine 400 2Xday.
The medicine hardly helped and I was ordered an MRI which revealed a mild herniation at l5/s1 and some facet damage (calcium deposits or something). I was referred to a pain doc who upped the Vicodin to 7.5 and switched me to another NSAID. He also scheduled me for 3 epideral steriod injections.
Well the vicodin and Ibuprofen help for about 2 to 3 hours but after that the horrible pain comes back. It is so bad sometimes, there is nothing I can do but clench my teeth until it passes. I can't think or deal with hardly anything else when it's at full roar.
I went for the first injection 10 days ago and have had absolutly no relief. Before we the procedure I asked the doc if there was something for the pain that would last the full six hours so I don't have that agonizing 3 to 4 hours. He frowned at me and said that those meds are for down the line if the injections don't work. He looked kind of annoyed that I would even ask. This concerned me because I've read all the articles about perscription abuse and felt like he was suspicious of me.
My question is should I call and tell them that I can't take this pain anylonger or are they going to lable me a drug seeker? Maybe it would be better to sit and try to take the pain until the injections work or he is comfortable uping my pain meds? It just seems stupid to wait in pain if there is something available that could help me. However I have read so much about doctors distrusting patients and I don't want to risk that. I just don't know what to do. I feel like I can't take this pain one minute longer.