This is a busy week for me. I had my PM doc today, and I have my NS tomorrow and my rheumy on Thursday. Just a little update about my PM doc appt today. He doesn't want to do another ESI injection, since the first one did absolutely nothing for me. I talked to him about the fact that I'm on 1800 mg of Neurontin per day and 1) it's not working and 2) it has increased my appetite and caused me to gain 8-10 lbs in a month and a half. I told him I think I'd like to wean off of it, so prescribed me Lyrica. He instructed me on how to wean off of the Neurontin, but he wants me to first start the Lyrica to get it in my system.
I have a couple of questions about Lyrica, though, for anyone who takes it. First of all, I asked my doctor if it'll make me drowsy, and it said it might. Well, that means it'll definitely make me drowsy, because I am a lightweight when it comes to meds and side effects. I'm very sensitive to medications. Anyway, for those who take it, do you find it makes you groggy? Secondly, how long does it take to work, assuming it's going to? I forgot to ask him that one when I was there.
So anyway, he is going to send letters to my NS, rheumy, and PCP, and he said he is curious to see what my NS has to say...as am I.
Today is a VERY bad day pain-wise. The pain is stabbing and burning and VERY intense. I just got both of my little ones to fall asleep, so I took my Oxycodone and Flexeril, and I am going to lay down. If the meds don't work, I may have to go to the ER for a shot of something, because the pain is THAT intense. I am nauseated over it, and it is wrapping around my ribcage to the front. I feel like I'm being stabbed with a searing hot knife in the ribs. I can barely take a deep breath. I'm in BAD shape today. I'm getting over a mild cold, so I'm not sure if perhaps that's causing the pain to be worse today.
Anyway, I'll update more after my appt with the NS tomorrow and my rheumy on Thursday. I just want answers. I'm still debating on whether to get a second opinion or not. I like my NS, or so I think I do. However, I find myself not completely trusting him lately, which makes me think I should probably get another opinion. I'm going to hear what he has to say and go from there.