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Pain Management in MA

edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Pain Management
Hi everyone. It's been months since i have been on here- I had cspine surgery (ACDF) in sept and have been slowly but surely feeling better.. Until recently. Lol. I have been in a lot of pain in my upper back and now my lower back is causing a lot of problems, nerve pain down my legs, not sleeping, not driving, etc. I ended up going to the ER the other day bc I'm in between pcp's and couldn't take it anymore. I am the only person managing my pain, by buying herbal non FDA approved pills that have helped a bit w my neck. I'm finally at the point where I'm at the end of my rope- id like to see a pain doctor- unfortunately I don't want to go in sounding med-seeking, but the steroid injections I've had don't work, and I had a terrible reaction to them and am scarred (emotionally) from having any more. Does anyone know of any reputable doctors in MA, or has anyone had a similar experience? I can't take it anymore, and the herbal stuff is too expensive to keep taking. Any input, insight, or advice is more than welcome. Thanks!!!!


  • Why would a Dr think your drug seeking? I am confused, but mind you that happens to me easily ;)

    What about seeing a Dr not just for pain meds but to see why you are having these new pains and such.

    If you go in saying "I need pain pills" yeah not such a good idea. But if you go in with your records of what you had done and explain all the recent stuff happening & tell how bad the pain is.....well I guess I am saying the same thing again - I don't see that as drug seeking.

    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • Lol thanks. I guess I forgot to mention that I'm in recovery from addiction but managed to take medicine as prescribed for years now- so I always feel that I'm being judged.. I do want to find a dr who will look into everything- especially at this point where usually the pain would subside but it hasn't- and the radiating nerve pain is getting to me big time. I just don't want to have these probs just continue to pile up. I suppose I put my body thru some trauma in my life but I'm also 29 now & hoping I would heal a bit better. The low back pain hasn't been going on for too long- but it's been over a week now- which is longer than my typical strained-muscle pains I've had in the past.
  • Ok now I understand ;)

    I had a friend who was a recovered Heroin user and she got burnt very bad and the hospital refused to give her ANY pain meds. It was a horrible situation.

    However if you have records showing your success with using meds I would bring those with you.

    I can't recall the names right now but I know there are pain meds out there that were created so you can't get high from them. Talk to your Dr be open and see how it goes. I don't know if it will go well or not but I think you at least have to try it.

    Please let me know how things go for you :)
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • Thanks again :) yes, unfortunately with chronic pain comes depression & anxiety, and the cocktail of meds I'm on for that interacts with the non-narcotic pain meds & cause seizures. Fun stuff! I may head back up to the er today as I absolutely cannot move without absolutely being in agony. I love this life! Lol- sorry. Gotta stay upbeat or at least sarcastic thru all of it :)
  • oh I am SOOOOOO sorry! :hug:

    Please let me know how you are doing :)
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • Lol no worries- this is unfortunately far too typical for me lately- its hard to find a competent dr, and since I'm finally on good health insurance, I'm trying to get someone ridiculously good- therefore in the meantime- if I need to be seen by anyone, it's unfortunately the er. I will keep you posted! Thanks again! Do you have a pain mgmt dr or physiatrist? Good/bad/indifferent?
  • So I went to the ER, basically my self-diagnosis seems to be pretty correct. I believe I have a bulging disc in my lower lumbar, possibly sacral area. Need to find someone to schedule an MRI for me ASAP.
  • I live in Hick-ville USA ;) But I am blessed with a super great PCP (family Dr)that carries me and when I must get a specialist I am a 2 hr drive from some of the best hospitals in the world, so I am in good hands :)

    You said you need to find someone to order you MRI - don't you have a PCP or any other dr?
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • The dr I was seeing last year (bc I had really terrible state health insurance) was an absolute nightmare. I kept asking for mri's etc & they kept telling me it was just a strained neck and basically wrote me off as a junkie (drug tested me if I asked if I could get anything for pain, etc)... Long story short she finally sent me to an orthopedic surgeon who took X-rays and sent me for an MRI- he called me back and told me I was out of his range, that I needed surgery, and that I needed a referral to a neurosurgeon. Nothing was sweeter than going back to the pcp who strung me along for months, MONTHS!! And I got to tell her "yeah. Not a neck strain. Need surgery. And a neurosurgeon referral. Like, yesterday.".... So I stopped dealing w her then and strictly dealt w the neuro and the pain mgmt place in that hospital, who did a steroid injection and it went wrong, so needless to say, as dramatic as it may sound- I'm not ever having another. I truly wish it had worked- but it left me unable to see or speak for 2 days.. So yeah, not good. They *think* some spinal fluid leaked out and caused terrible irritation everywhere.. But I digress- I caved this morning and called the shitty pcp back (bc it's 2 mins from my house and I don't want to mess around with this like last year) and made an appt to see her this Thursday.. I'm trying to mentally prepare myself to be assertive and not take no for an answer- but it's tough bc I try my best not to be a huge bitch everywhere- but I'm really good at it lol..
  • Oh my goodness! You need a break!!!!! Please let me know how your appt went today.

    No chance on getting into a new pc down the road?

    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • I couldn't bring myself to post here after my appointment. I brought my Mom with me (I'm 29- just wanted an advocate or witness depending on what mood the dr was in).. Basically, I have an MRI on Monday. A prescription for ibuprofen 800, and lidocaine.. I haven't even bothered filling them yet as driving is too ridiculous for that when I can just take ibuprofen from my kitchen cabinet.. The dr reprimanded me- twice- for using foul language (when describing pain) told me she didn't believe in the 1-10 pain scale, so "a 10 in her eyes would be giving birth". I said "Ive never given birth, so I don't quite know." she said "neither have I. But I'd rate it a 10".... SERIOUSLY?! So I said "still at a 9 on that scale. ". She said she doesn't like prescribing controlled substances, so she sent me to the lab for a drug test. I have had issues with my bladder lately as well (you would think this would be a red flag in her eyes) so I sat there for 45 minutes chugging water. I finally filled what needed to be filled for the test, and she sent the lab tech in to tell me to go home. I said "then why exactly did she waste mine & my Mom's time by drug testing me? Also humiliating me?" the tech said "I don't know. But she said just call back after the MRI is scheduled and performed"....
    Really? Mind you, I don't have any type of drugs other than prescribed legal drugs (and nothing for pain) in my system.
    I'm so sick of being treated like this. I spent the rest of that day looking up how to write complaints to the medical board, and called a local pain clinic to see if I could get further information. I'm sure if I walked into the shady bar in town, I could walk out with some sort of pain relief- but god forbid I try to go to a dr and get treated. I couldn't complete 2 of the 3 walking tests she had me do.. But didn't investigate that any further either.

    Anyway, enough of my whining lol.. Sorry for that- I'm trying to turn my anger and frustration into positive energy in finding someone who will listen to me.. Maybe the MRI will prove I'm not lying. We shall see!
  • wow! and not a good wow :(

    Are you forced by insurance to see/keep this same DR?

    As weird as it sounds but I know you understand how I mean it, I hope your MRI shows her something.

    There is a family of pain drugs and I just can not think of the name right now. They treat the pain but you have no chance of getting "high" on them.

    I could very well be wrong - but I am thinking Opana is one of them?
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • is it suboxone or subutex? I know there are others out there.
    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched
  • I had my MRI yesterday- also had them burn me a copy of it for 2 reasons. 1- I don't trust my dr and 2- I'd like to look at it myself. I know what you meant about hoping the MRI shows something- I'm thinking the same thing. I have really great insurance right now, I'm just trying to track down a pcp in a major hospital in Boston that is accepting patients.. I haven't looked at the MRI yet, nor have I heard from the so called "dr"- but if I don't hear by tomorrow I'll be calling. And also in that phone call I'll be requesting my medical records. I just can't stand the whole establishment.. But I had my surgery done at tufts in Boston and it was great up there. Just a pain (possible pun intended) to get there when I'm hurting, yunno? Yeah I honestly don't care about getting "high" off of meds. I don't anyway. You would think if I'm such a "junkie" I would've told the dr's after my surgery that I wanted morphine (to take home, that they offered) but I didn't. Because it was too strong and I didn't need that hardcore of a pain medicine. But hey- they're the "drs". They apparently know how much pain I'm in and CLEARLY ibuprofen has been cutting it. If it had been- then why exactly would I have made the appt and requested an MRI in the first place? Argh! So aggravating!
  • Oh I did not mean for you to not get high, as in I think that is what you want. I meant it so that the DRS would know you could not get high. So if they gave you that class of meds then everyone would be happy. I do apologize for any judgmental sounding posts on me end :hug:

    I understand what you mean, I was given oxy and some other meds that people sell/buy on the streets for big $$ and I have never not 1 time had a high effect from them. I even told my PCP I don't see what the big deal is all about. He said I don't get high as my pain is "eating" the meds, where s the other people don't have pain, so they do get high - make sense? ;)
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • Lol I wasn't offended at all!!!! I'm a super sarcastic person as it is :) yeah I don't understand how all of these meds get prescribed ultimately to someone who in turn doesn't use them and instead hands them off to be sold on the streets- BUT the people who are truly in pain and would like a little relief now and then can't get a legitimate script. I have a bunch of friends that are in recovery from addiction who suffer from chronic pain- we have the same discussion daily- and I would love to sit down a group of drs and tell them "this is how addiction starts". I mean first you'd need to have that addictive personality- but then you end up in pain. And no one will help, so people go to the streets, for legitimate pain. I literally know someone who was so mis-managed by their dr that they ended up getting meds illegally, and one day the person supplying was out and offered the person heroin- bc it was cheaper and all he had. Bam. Dangerous, scary, terrible addiction.
    But anyway- yes, my dr has tried a bunch of non narcotic meds (probably not all of them)- I'm allergic to one, another I took gave me an ulcer, and my neuro tried me on neurontin and I got terribly sick.. So, I can see how someone would think I'm just "med seeking"- but having a nice talk with a dr would be nice, instead of being talked-over and just reprimanded constantly. It's going to be a long road to try to find that one person but when I do- I'm sticking with it. (gawd I sound like a dating ad)!

    When I dealt with this person for my neck last year and ultimately ended up having surgery etc- I talked w my neurologist about how she just told me everything was going to heal up, I wasn't in that much pain- and that I just needed to do physical therapy. My neuro was pissed! Now I at least know (unfortunately from my husbands first hand experience) that if you do physical therapy without being carefully checked out beforehand- you ultimately run the risk of doing more damage.. But I digress. I can't thank you enough for listening to me bitch- I hate doing it- but I'm sure you know how much better you feel once you're validated lol..
  • So I picked up my MRI report yesterday & it seems (from what I read and googled) that I have multiple bulging discs, one of which is pressing on a nerve, arthritis, and DDD. I promptly made phone calls this morning and so far have an appointment with a new PCP and I got a recommendation from a friend for a neurologist who she sees for the same stuff and I guess he has been doing pain mgmt with her so far- so I've got an appointment with him as well. Best part of this is that my current pcp's office told me I can't have my own copy of my medical records. Ha! This is going to be a fun afternoon explaining the LAW to them. Ugh!
  • Ok - first GREAT about getting into new Dr :D

    BUT - and speaking of buts,why is your Drs office being a but about your records?

    I will be sure to keep in touch with you :)
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • Update:
    I had my first appt with my new pcp on Tuesday & I love her. She was thorough, and actually listened (shocking). She seemed really upset at the way I have been "treated" in the past & basically told me that I'm in the right place now. She said bc this new pain has been going on for a month and a half, she's not going to mess around & immediately sent out referrals to 3 pain clinics. She doesn't manage chronic pain patients, but said she has no problem being a "bridge" for the time she sees me until I can get in to see a PM doc. She actually asked what medication worked for me in the past- and prescribed it. Right before my appt, I finally opened my medical records from the last place I was seen. Not only did they contain pieces of SOMEONE ELSE'S CHART- the records were completely tainted with their OPINION versus truth. On one sheet it said "patient could not produce urine sample, no controlled substances given, waited 45 mins.".. Which is true- I had trouble urinating- that's also a SYMPTOM but whatever- NOT TO MENTION right next to that "note" there is a lab form, proving I did, in face, eventually submit a sample, and that I tested negative for everything. Also from the same appt- she put something in quotes that I DID NOT SAY. I'm so glad I've moved on. I also did not bring those "records" with me, and my new doc didn't have a problem with that.

    So for now I am waiting for an appt with a PM, any advice anyone has about those docs would be great. I am literally so scarred from the past that I look like an abused puppy when I go to appts. I try to stay calm but it's not that easy for me. As much pain I am in, I am so truly grateful to have found this woman. I think had it gone any differently, I would have just given up. The relief is amazing.
  • First I am THRILLED you finally have a good/caring Dr :)

    Can you ask her office to recommend a PM Dr for you?

    I sadly am the last person to ask about finding a GOOD PM Dr. I have been called every name in the book by PM Drs and/or staff for the pain meds I was taking when seen.

    They all wanted to remove me from all my pain meds and then start with the injections etc. I said "i can't not only not walk or stand upright without them, I can't speak".

    I explained my pain levels go so high I am left gasping for breath and can not talk as the pain is so bad. I was told it's all related to the big A word - addiction.

    My own PCP called a peer PM Dr spine clinic and asked him to see me for injections while taking my current pain meds. He refused!

    I KNOW there are good Pm Drs out there and I hope you find one.

    Please keep me updated :)
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.

  • That's terrible!!
    I have been contacted by 1 PM dr in the town next to mine, they are affiliated w one of the hospitals nearby and have decent reviews. When I had the steroid injection for my neck problems last year, the doc screwed up. I was on my stomach face down on the table, fully awake, not sedated. They injected numbing meds, and halfway thru the procedure, I felt as though I had been electrocuted, it went down the left side of me, and my body (with no conscious movement on my part) flailed on the table. They told me to remain still, and I did, all the while telling them that they hit a nerve and now my left side was affected (before it was just my right arm). After the injection I went to sit up as normal, and as soon as I did I got the worst pain I have ever experienced in my head. Tears were streaming down my face and I had no control over them (I'm not a cryer)- so they told me to lay flat, as they emergency paged the doc. He came back and I was still in the same pain, but I wanted to go home. Long story short, they wheeled me out into the waiting room where my Mom was sitting- the poor person, omg- and prescribed some type of benzo that they thought would help. Gave me an ice pack, and sent me on my way. They thought what happened was spinal fluid leaking and causing irritation. I was nearly vomiting the whole ride home, couldn't open my eyes from pain, and couldn't speak bc I was afraid id vomit. 48 hrs later I was back to normal.. Even my husband has had amazing results with injections, so I am very cautious in telling that story for fear it would turn ppl off from them. That office prescribes my muscle relaxers- (they told me they don't prescribe pain medicine)- and whenever I call them the nurse answers and just says "oh ok so you increased your dose? That's fine I'll call in a refill" without questioning me. I believe that they are aware that they screwed up- and now they just "yes" me all the time. I told my new pcp that I had "a bad reaction" to the injection, and that I would like a place that will work with me thru that. I am not swearing them off- but I am not in a place where I can mentally allow myself to have another done. I had surgery bc I couldn't bring myself to have another injection. So, with all of that said, I am really hoping someone can be compassionate to my situation and maybe in the meantime just do meds, until I feel I can try it again- if that is what they decide would "work".

    To add insult to injury- my husband sells tie dyes- t shirts, bandanas, socks, tapestries, you name it- and someone talked him into getting a vendor spot in a music festival starting Friday. So- my husband, 2 kids, and my dog, are all camping for the wknd, and I will be sitting at a booth selling merchandise during the day. My dr gave me a decent amt of Percocet at my visit on tues (last wk) which stated it was an 8 day supply. I am now terrified to call back and ask for another script to at least get me thru the wknd- but she did say she acts as a "bridge" between the appt w her, and the appt w the pain clinic.. Do you think I should call maybe tomorrow (day 7) and ask if she would write a few more bc I don't yet have an appt? My last terrible "dr" would drug test me, etc- so I'm terrified now, but am keeping at least 1 on me in case they decide to test me to make sure I am actually taking them. TRUST ME my life would be much easier if I didn't need them & sold them- like most people assume.. But no- just me in pain and also struggling to pay bills!
    Sorry this is so long winded!!!! But if you could weigh in on whether I should call or not (depending on whether I get in to the consult before Friday) that would be awesome. I'm sorry you've had so many problems.. What state do you live in? I know MA is super strict regarding medication..

  • Today - Tuesday is day 7? If yes then sure I would call back in and right away say that Dr said she would handle Pain meds until you were seen by a PM Dr and that you still are trying to get in to one.

    Be ready to explain why you still don't have an appointment with a PM Dr.

    Also maybe ask them for their opinion on who you should go to for your PM.

    Question - why don't you have a appt yet with new PM dr. ?
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • I ended up playing phone tag w the PM doc they sent me to- thankfully I heard from them this morning- but nothing was more frustrating than having the moral dilemma of seeing their # pop up on my phone while I was in the bathroom. "Do I answer? Will they call me back?" ugh! Lol I let it go to voicemail and called them back on the direct line they gave me- they have time to see me tomorrow! So I'm going for a consult tomorrow afternoon- now my question is- what has been your experience with consults? I'm just kinda ramping up for this wknd- it's going to be great to get fresh air and be in the area we will be in- we also borrowed an air mattress- and I suppose if worse comes to worse, I can get a car charger adapter for a heating pad and just sit in my Jeep with it lol.. I'm just kinda terrified of the pain- I did some cleaning yesterday (overhauled our closet- bad idea) I got halfway thru and had to stop. So now my clothes are in a laundry basket, just to get them out of the way.. Anyway- I know you've said you have bad experiences w PM places- care to share? Have any tips? How are you feeling, btw?
  • Too many to mention them all - sad but true :(

    I did explain some above, and will add the time I went to a PM Dr and before she told me her name she walked in looked at me and said "your a drug addict, if your not willing to give up all your pain meds to me right now, LEAVE". I left ;)

    BUT my PCP had a hell of a time getting THAT off my medical records! Yep she black balled me with my insurance co !!!!!!

    Told you I am the wrong person to ask - sorry.

    Please let me know how tomorrow goes :)
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • Not the right fit..
    I went to the first PM place today. Out of all of the drs there, I saw a nurse practitioner. Don't get me wrong- I love nurses, and they do more work than docs as far as I can tell- but don't you think on a first appt they would have me meet w a dr? Anyway once all the paperwork was done, I sat w a nurse for about a half hour. Then the NP came in. She did a pretty thorough exam, but she and I just really didn't click. She came back into the room after reading my MRI report to me- verbatim- and said they're doing a steroid injection. I told her that I had a really bad reaction to my cervical injection and that I really get nauseous even thinking about it. So, she said "I'll write you a script for Ativan".. "take one 30 mins before the procedure, and another if you need it." then tells me "you need to stay on the Percocet, 4x a day". I said "ok well my pcp was willing to write a script until I was able to be seen by a PAIN DR.... And she doesn't deal with chronic pain, so she isn't going to write a script for that.". She said "well your pcp needs to write a script, bc I am telling you that you need to be on it.". Again I said the same thing and added "so you want me to call her and tell her that you want me on medication but that she has to prescribe it?".. They said yes. And in the same breath "I also want you to talk to her about your blood pressure, because it is extremely high".. I'm sitting there biting my tongue thinking "no, really? Why would it be? Bc I'm in a shit ton of pain, you're not listening, and you're scheduling me for a procedure I'm really not ok with????"... Seriously!!

    So, they tried to get me in for an injection tomorrow morning. I said "I really need time to wrap my brain around this"- so I made an appt for the injection next wk. I left and called my pcp's office and spoke to a nurse about it all- she seemed just as confused as I am. She said "I'll run this by the dr and call you back.". I haven't heard back. SO when I do, I'm going to kindly ask that they send me elsewhere- bc these people didn't sit right with me. In the meantime, I want to take the Ativan script and drop it on their front desk saying "you wrote a script for 2 pills. You wasted paper and my time. Here, you can keep it.".

    So that's how that went. Im still reeling from it all. I'm sorry you had such terrible experiences w PM docs! Thankfully I also have an appt w a neurologist, so I will see how that goes. But it's not for another 2 wks.. So now I'm unmedicated and pissed off and legit terrified of this procedure.. They seemed like a well organized office- I just don't think it's the right one for me at the moment.
  • So are you saying because you had one bad experience with the injection...you are refusing to have anymore done?

    This is going to be a hard sell to any PM that you see. Being that they are a different Dr.....I would certainly be open to trying it again and yes...taking the Ativan before the procedure...Just because there was an issue before does not mean it will happen again with a new DR.

    Steroid injections can be extremely helpful to lessen the inflammation....

    So...I would be careful that it doesn't look like you are refusing to do everything except want a narcotic to help your pain...

    I'm not saying that you are...but it will "seem" this way.

    And no...it's not unusual for a first appt. to be done with a NP because they aren't prescribing any narcotics with the first visit. It's all about getting to know you...see what your pain issues are....and doing an exam like they did...

    It took me a few tries to find the most amazing PM....So..I'm not saying that you have to use these guys....I'm more saying that I woudn't refuse another injection without trying it again to see if it helps if the next PM wants to do this...

    Also...I would also pay attention to the high blood pressure and not just put it all on being due to pain. Are you at a healthy weight with a healthy diet that is low on sodium? Do you exercise daily?

    Again..not that some of it can't be due to some pain...but if you are helped with just 4 Percocet a day....we aren't talking a level 10 with a limb being half torn off in an emergency room...That is when someone's BP will skyrocket due to extreme pain...

    So I would urge you to really pay attention to this with your salt intake, diet and exercise as you don't want more health issues added to what you already have.

    And I have to say I'm envious about camping!! LOL...I love it!!! Of course you should do everything you can to be as comfortable as possible...

    What I have done is by a 3 inch mattress topper that is like the Tempurpedic....and use this one top of the blow up mattress for the tent...

    Or...you could put down the seats in the Jeep and use that and sleep inside the Jeep!....

    Also....Go and buy at Walmart/Target the Thermacare heat wraps....Those are SO much better than a heating pad...and they stick to your body for 8 hours of heat...They are the BOMB!!!! They come in all sizes and shapes for back, knees...neck....for cramps...etc...

    Have you called your regular Dr. to ask about picking up the prescriptin for the Percocet? I would do that ASAP as you don't want to be stuck Friday afternoon trying to go get that and then have to go get it filled as well...

    I hope that you can find a PM that you like....There are good and bad Drs. of every single speciality....

    I am very blessed that after a few horrible Drs. I have both a wonderful Neurosurgeon and PM that are so great to all their patients! I wish you lived near me and I could send you to them! LOL

    Keep us posted...and try to have some fun this weekend but take care of yourself:)

  • I would just like a place that would work with me around it at first. I tried to tell them how badly I am terrified of the injection- to the point where my hands and voice were shaking when making the appt. I am not ruling them out- because my husband had one and it worked wonders- I'm just not mentally prepared for this.

    As for my BP- it's typically completely normal. My diet is fine- I practically live off of veggies and grilled chicken- I never salt any of my food.. I had an eating disorder that was severe for 10 yrs- so I keep track of everything.. I was in the hospital most of my high school and college years- so I'm fairly well read on nutrition. My exercise has been lacking bc of the pain- but I make myself walk with my dog at least once a day so I stay moving and don't stay in the same place all day. I can tell you that I was completely stressed out by the time I got in there, and was also in a lot of pain- so I'm not surprised at all that my BP was high.

    I called my pcp yesterday and relayed all of the info that the pain place wanted me to- and I called again today to ask if she may be able to refer me to a different place- she told me to try as many places as I wanted until I found someone that I felt comfortable with. It wasn't just the injection- it was that I didn't feel that I was being heard- and since I've had my fair share of terrible doctors- I know how great it feels to actually have a dr listen to you. And as far as my first injection went- I had that reaction from a specialist at one of the top hospitals for spine problems- this hospital isn't nearly as highly rated or respected- I have no doubt that they are capable- I just don't feel comfortable- does that make sense?

    Yes! Thank you for reminding me of the heat wraps- ill definitely grab those. They're life savers. Thanks!
  • Thanks for sharing more...

    I think I was asking more about trying an injection after using the Ativan..That medicine is meant to calm your fears. I use it before having an MRI because of being claustrophobic...It works wonders!! You feel like you don't have a care in the world:)

    Anyway...I was just saying that it seems they are willing to work with you by providing a sedative beforehand....but I truly understand about it not just being about that and wanting to find a place and PM Dr. with whom you feel completely comfortable...That is very important.

    And from what you write...it sounds like it was the pain and extra stress causing the higher BP...I'm glad that you normally have good BP and not have to worry about that issue...

    So...hopefully you will hit the jackpot on the next PM you find!!! Fingers crossed for you...

    Are you able to get the refill for the Percocets from you regular Dr. before the weekend?
  • Ive been out of medicine since Tuesday morning.. I called my pcp today (again) and spoke with a nurse who added on to the notes in my chart that I'm not overly comfortable with this PM and that I'd like a second opinion, and also I'd like to know what I'm doing as far as medication. She said that they received the "consult note" from the PM and that it was on my dr's desk for review. Again, the nurse said I'd hear back.. But I havent. I need to leave early afternoon tomorrow & it would be really excellent if she would fill a script beforehand- but I'm not getting my hopes up.. The nurses there seem to be really understanding and thorough- the one I spoke to this afternoon said she would send my doctor another note about it all, I'm just really confused as to what the hell is going on that I'm not even getting a phone call back? Just a quick acknowledgement that she has read thru everything etc is all I'm asking for. Even if she has a nurse call me for her, you know? I'm trying to not let this sour my opinion of the dr, but I'm getting a little frustrated with it all. But I'm doing my best to stay calm, bc stress makes the pain worse, obviously.
    As far as the Ativan- I take anxiety medicine daily, and have since I was 15.. So I explained that to them, because it's in the same class of medication, and I'm really not positive the Ativan is going to do all that much. If they were going to knock me out for it, that would be a different story lol. I actually have a friend who went in for an injection and she was being put out under general anesthesia. But I digress.. I'm just hoping I hear from my dr before I leave tomorrow- but again, not getting any hopes up.
  • I am guess you have left and are still without pain meds ? :(

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