First some background info, I'm 25 years old now and I was diagnosed with Chondromalacia Patella at like 12. They wanted to do a lateral release then but at the time my dad was skeptical and afraid I would have to have more & more operations and end up with a complete knee replacement like a family member of mine has had happen to him. Now I'm 25, my knee is in constant pain all the time non-stop even when at rest. The doctor wants to go ahead and do an athroscopic lateral release on both and look at the damage done and go from there (I can only imagine how bad it is, my knee sounds like a popcorn cooker anytime I bend it)
My question is this, i'm only 25 and i'm skeptical to goto a pain management doctor in the mean time (i don't have health insurance and i going to have to save up money and do surgery one knee at a time).
I have heard they treat younger people like they are fiends or something. Can I expect this?
I'm also worried they might not adequately control my pain by giving me weak medication because of my age.
Up until now my cousin, who now has two fake knees, has been giving me pain meds because he gets a lot and I don't have health insurance. I have been taking Naproxen, Flexeril, and 1 1/2 10mg percocet x 3 (15mg x 3) a day. This only takes the edge off the pain though, there is still a dull pain from time to time.
So am I going to have trouble getting this kind of prescription from a doctor? Your feedback is appreciated.