I had my long awaited (at least for me) appointment with my PM. Very long story short, I'm going to start searching for a new PM. I told his nurse hat I needed to discuss my pain, getting an FCE request (to file for disability retirement) and a letter saying I'll be on medicine for the foreseeable future.
The doctor walks in with two nurses. He doesn't talk about my pain level, instead immediately goes for the FCE. He says he doesn't refer people for those although three years go, his partner in the practice did. He then says there shouldn't be a reason for my medicine to not be working. While he is telling me this, the two nurses are standing behind him writing notes, staring at me and whispering to one another. When I told him that the meds simply were not working well, he told me to take a Tylenol with my Oxycontin.
For the first time, I felt like they were treating me as a drug seeker. What a slap in the face! I guess I had major back surgery, have had numerous needles stuck in my back and enough steroids to kill my liver just so I can get pain medicine from him. Goodness...
OH...almost forgot the funniest part. When he walked in and saw me in my work uniform (EMS), he said, "You shouldn't be driving an ambulance and taking medication". I said, "That's why I need an FCE so I don't have to drive an ambulance while taking medication".
Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2