I saw the surgeon again today. He refused to give me an order for a walker last week. I need a sturdier walker because I still can barely stand up straight, leave alone walk. Both my Primary Care and Surgeon are giving me a very hard time on pain medication. I am about 8 weeks post surgery and both are determined to take me off of all pain meds. The last script my Primary Care was for 4 Vicodin a day. I had already told her that I wasn't able to function on four. I had no other choice but to go up to six a day. When I saw the surgeon he told me to stop taking it because that could be causing my balance issues. I explained that I have been having balance issues for years and was seeing a Neurologist. I told him that my husband was in very poor health and I had to take care of him and I can't function without pain medication. He then turns around and says to me that he is not surprised I am still in pain. Then he said instead of giving me the order for the walker, he wants me off pain meds. At the end of the visit he gave me the order so I could use it to get off the pain meds. When my Primary Care comes back from vacation and I have to call for another script, I'm going to have to listen to it all over again.
Now, I am really angry. I can't stand playing all of these head games with all of my Doctor's.WTF Nothing I say matters. It looks like I am going to have to find a new Pain Management Doctor again. I live in the Boston area if anyone has any suggestions. It really pisses me off that they are not even considering what I have to say and try to tell me I don't know what I am talking about.
I believe the fact that I am a middle aged woman and overweight has a lot to do with it. I know several men with chronic pain and they don't go through this. Their Doctor's don't seem to have a problem with it. I would stop taking Vicodin if they could give me something else that worked. I really am at my wits end here. ~X( ~X( ~X(