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undertreated pain

My doctor was greatly reducing my pain meds for the last month and half even after telling him of concerns. I did the mri after my 2 level fusion of s1-l4 3months ago. I did the post mri last week and will not see him for two weeks. I'd been on the phone w/ nurses non stop, telling of my spiraling depression. My question is, just yesterday they asked when I see him, they increased my meds. Did they look at my MRI and that is probably what got them to help me, because the non stop whining on my part didn't help before? Any thoughts?
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  • If your concerned as to what is on the MRI, you could get a copy of it and read it, yourself, if you know what your looking for. However, don't assume the worse. He/she obviously thought enough of your concerns to order the MRI, as that is not something they do looking for fusion. A standard x-ray or even better yet CT scan would show them bone growth. So the fact they ordered the MRI is a good thing. It is typical for a surgeon to taper down the medications following surgery. At some point they will refer to a pain specialist if you need more medications or are going to be on meds for a long time. Keep in mind surgeons just do the surgery then once they have finished they refer off to the pain management doctor in most cases.

    Also in some cases they need to see what your pain level is so they can treat the pain. I Know for myself following each surgery we reduced the amount of medications so we could get a idea of what it actually felt like. Just maybe he/she heard you and is the reason they ordered the medications and the MRI. Let us know though what the MRI states once you have the results, hopefully it is nothing serious that would indicate the need for more surgery.
  • Thanks for your informative comment,as it was very helpful.
    can't shorten what I've been through in 255
  • I have had to use my pcp for pain between my surgeon's, quote,"last fill on this med" and first time pm appt that finaly called me back, hours after the visit w/ my pcp. I wanted to tell you it's been 3 days since an increase in meds and I am so sore now. Surely because of the excitement of knowing I have back=up for my daily activities. But I can definately see where this may be problematic. But learning from these couple of days, I know that no matter the amout of meds, my body Will only take so much at any rate. IT is how I pace myself. This goes w/out saying learning to adjust to my new way of moving anyway. Excited to know I would have relief if I pushed too much, I layed in my bed saying, OWWW! And the better meds didn't cut it. Now I'm reaching for the muscle relaxers that might calm the cramps, And to tired from no sleep. Reminds me of the Metalica song, "Here I am, On the Road Again", because it's been "just a little while", literaly, since I've had to learn something all over again. I just wanted to check in, think I can sleep now, Wishing all of you HOPE, Heather
    can't shorten what I've been through in 255
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