I dont know if this is the right forum for this, but here goes,I missed an appointment with my orthopaedic dr, because he rescheduled me and I couldnt make the appointment the next week, that he gave me. Needless to say the first appointment was scheduled three months before I left his office, so he wont refill my pain meds. So, I have a few questions, Should I change doctors, because this isnt the first time he has done this to me, sometimes he is great and sometimes he is a jerk? My PM doctor doesnt prescribe pain meds. And also, without pain meds, how do you sleep with the pain? I have slept maybe 12 hours out of the past four days. I've tried ice, heat, rest. I'm at a loss on what to do. I take trazadone to help me sleep and its not helping.
The orthopeadic dr's nurse told me that my pain management doctor doesnt prescribe pain meds, but maybe they lied. I told them I didnt want to do anything that would be considered doctor shopping since my pain med is a schedule II drug. I just know I cant handle many more nights with just motrin for pain. It hasnt helped in the 4 years I've been dealing with this. I have OA in my knees and back and neck, chrondomalachia in my knees, a bakers cyst in my knee, and sciatica and a herniated L4/L5 and L5/S1. I think the problem is that they think I'm too young to have these problems. I had atroscopy on my knee three years ago and its been swollen and inflammed since the surgery. The orthopaedeic surgeon doesnt understand why. I just wanted to know if anyone had any suggestion, because I have no more ideas.AS I said before he is great sometimes and sometimes he is a jerk. One time, I went for an appointment and he told me that if I lost weight I'd feel better, needless to say this man is about 4 inches shorter than me and a good 100 pounds heavier, but I didn't say anything), and one time I went and I asked if he could change my meds or up the dosage or something, because I'm on the lowest dose you can get and he told me if changed the medicine or the dosage that I run the risk of becoming a pill head. Mind you, I'm the mother of 3 kids under 8, and try to run a home daycare as well. I don't have time to be a pill head. My family says I need to just change doctors but I don't want to be labeled as a pill head or doctor shopper.