I have been on tramadol for a few months now....on and off....my FNP wanted another MRI done, since my last one was done in Dec 2012...the pain clinic said I don't NEED another one done, there's no reason to get another one, so I didn't go (I'm a little claustrophobic, and with the muscle spasms I have, the MRI's take forever, having to repeat them over and over..) ....I was going to run out of tramadol on Friday (yesterday), and when I called for a refill, the office nurse told me my FNP was out until next week, and the MD on service said tramadol isn't for long term use (won't prescribe anything else either though)....all they would prescribe is ibuprofen 800 until they get another MRI?!?!?
I tried explaining that ibuprofen and tylenol don't do anything to help ease the pain, and that I have Ulcerative colitis, and have had stomach ulcers...the nurse on the phone apologized, but said there's nothing more he can do....said take them with food and milk....
They saw my "old" MRI, read the dictation from the pain clinic on what she saw (moderate to severe herniations at L3/4, L4/5, L5S1, , tears, SI problems, arthritis, ((some other terms I can't remember...and 'angry joints'...)), saw that I'm being referred for surgery....basically said "sorry, you're going to have to deal with it....OH, but you can come in on Monday and see someone!"
I am at a loss here....thought I was getting somewhere....but now....the nurse asked me what I was given besides tramadol in the past, I told her (once I found the paper with the names on them), and she said well, sorry, those are controlled substances...so, you're not going to get any of those!!
So, if it's NOT for long term use.....and they won't prescribe anything more likely to help.....where does that leave me...?!