another red buttom item that i have with some of these posts are posts that say doctors are bad, incompetent, uncaring, etc. i find these statements disingenuous at best. these blanket statements are in my opinion wrong. i have no idea why there is a preponderance of people who state this as a fact. i don't know why some have such negative experiences with doctors. being a high school teacher, i hear from a lot of parents that blame the teachers when their kids fail or get in trouble. as an old saying goes, the apple don't fall far from the tree. teachers like doctors are in the profession because they want to help people. certainly i am not in it for the money. at my level, i do make a comfortable living but for the amount of education i have, i think i should get paid a lot more. but i am not going to get into why teachers should get more money. yes doctors make a lot of money but with the overhead their money goes down very quick. yes there are doctors who make mistakes or who do not have the best bed side manner but in my opinion, i think at least 95% are caring people. this goes especially for pain doctors. they see people everyday who are in pain. what is a problem is patients going in and demanding certain meds. telling a doctor the pain is so intense, i can't get out of bed raises a flag also. then they order mri's and tell the patient there is nothing visible on the mir that would explain the pain. mris show systematic pain, broken bones, herniated discs, what do you do if you feel your doctor is not on the right track? get a second opinion. but the problem i have here is people who go from doctor to doctor and they tell them they see nothing systematically wrong. so it is the doctor's fault correct? he is uncaring, and unfeeling, correct? NOT!. like ron said in another post , one must look in the mirror. i find it insulting to say doctors don't care about me. doctors are human and when they see the same patient over and over and over who still won't accept the fact that they cannot see anything structural wrong with them, they blame the doctor. this site is full of post of what to and not to do when you visit a pain doctor. there are certain protocols that a patient must do to be taken seriously. my pain doctor has to deal with people wanting this and that all of the time when he feels that the patient does not need this or that. he needs x, y, and z. so if one is unhappy with your doctor, go see another one. it is a free country. but if one gets the same message over and over then one must look in the mirror.
I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.