Hey y'all. Been forever since I've logged on. For the most part, because since moving to california, I've been able to manage my pain levels fairly well. Its been such a blessing really. I've had a wonderful primary who I adore. She is so easy to talk to, and never dismisses me as a "complainer". As much as I love her though, we have both hit a road block in my treatment.
She isn't an MD. She isn't really qualified to treat spine injuries. The clinic I attend doesn't allow for her to prescribe anything more than vicodin, which at 10mg 4xs a day, is no longer controlling my pain the way it once was when I started this program 3 years ago. Her hands are tied as far as treating my pain goes. The policy of this clinic is that for any further treatment, I would have to enter the new pain management program, with a new doctor. This program requires I be available 2-4 times a week, for counseling, physical therapy, even weight management. Forget the fact I've gone through pt six times, and forget all my phobias of doctors, I just can't see mself managing even two appointments a week- let alone four! The thought of having to go through the motions all over again, has my anxiety at an all new level.
Which brings me to this: what should I expect of my treatment? I wasn't a candidate for surgery six years ago, so what happens then? Do disks heal? Do they keep getting worse? I'm pretty sure I should be seeing someone who knows this stuff, and my primary unfortunately does not. This clinici go to is linked with every doctor in town, and is owned(?) By the towns hospital. Everyone you could possibly see in this town (with my insurance anyway) is governed by the same company rules. I don't think I can ,entally cope with this particular treatment "process" and I'm scared to death of this new pm doc. I currently have an appointment with a new doctor in the next town over, which is a pain since its about 30 miles away. The pain management clinic in that town is a joke according to online reviews. I'm starting from scratch again- and have no idea what to do, or expect even.
Has anyone else hit this type of road block in treatment?