Hi all- I am hoping someone can shed some light on this seemingly-toucht subject of medications prescribed for back pain. Trying to keep a long story shorter, I will briefly describe what has happened so far.
Aug 2009 discectomy L5-S1- very successful
Oct 2011 first recurrence of back/leg pain L5-S1- MRI shows 2 bulged discs, DDD, facet arthritis and spinal stenosis-PCP prescribed oral steroids, Percocet, and anti-inflammatory
Nov 2nd episode of same pain - same prescriptions- recommended visit to neurosurgeon & signed pain management paper
Nov neuro saiid try steroid shots first and refused pain meds
March 2012 3rd episode same pain - PCP seemed angry at me for "reinjuring" 3rd time- reluctant to give pain med but did.
March- started getting steroid shots from pain mgmt Dr/clinic (had no insurance til now). Told them I got my prescriptions from PCP. They did give me Neurontin which I accepted since non-narcotic.
March- Aug- have had 4 steroid shots and 2 rhizotomies. Have/are on Neurontin, Diclofenac, Celebrex (useless!), Percocet (PCP), and Vicodin (pain mgmt after rhizotomy)
Jun 2012- 4th recurrence - returned to PCP- angrier now (why does he get angry at me?? It's not like I want it to keep hurting! I do have to work for aliving, and take care of elderly parents...), says time for surgery, insinuated this is last time he is prescribing pain meds. I take half of what is prescribed amount. Also, he saw that I accepted Neurontin from pain mgmt Dr.
July- had 2- 2 level rhizotomies - Dr. had asked about pain meds, and I told him story and added that his PA had refused even a weeks worth of pain meds and oral steroid that I requested last visit til steroid shot kicked in. He said, don't worry, we will take care of that for you from now on. I told him my PCP wouldn't prescribe any more.
Aug - saw first neuro- he says I need 2 level laminectomy- no fusion- I said I was going to try one more shot.
Aug- had 4th shot today. So I told Dr. I had 10 Vicodin pills left from presciption from 7/24 they gave me after rhizotomy. Prescription was for 45 pills...30 days and I still had 10 left but worried about shot not working, and if I decide on surgery, it won't be til October when my sister can come up and help with my folks. He said, sorry, you need a fusion- no disc left at L5-S1- no pain meds!!!
So, you see my frustration?! What is it with these Dr.'s?? I know there are people who abuse them but obviously, I intentionally take less than what I really want to so they will SEE that I am NOT abusing them! It is so hard to go to work and sleep and try to help around the house, and now I gotta worry about who is going to help me relieve this pain! So what do I do now?
Any thoughts welcome, and thanks!