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Lumbar fusion x2, hip replacement x2, cervical fusion x 2 ERCP physician perforated duodenum and esophagus emergency surg to repair and remove gall bladder. MCTD, rheumatoid and osteoporosis
I read your forum and carefully selected my team of trusted physicians, before the first fusion. These surgeries were spread over 3 years. This spring I moved 80 miles away from my team. The new pt over rotated my hip during her exam and the sound filled the and the pain filled me. Visit with surgeon proved all is good, pain would subside when swelling went down and it did. But it was replaced with excruciating pain at lower rib cage. All of a sudden my carefully chosen team were giving me the "we all get older and have to expect pain, opoids can kill you, take aspirin and rest and finally referral to a psychiatrist. I went and he encouraged me to build a new team. I went for bladder and kidney studies, gyn exam, ultrasound, you name it. I finally begged the surgeon for an early appointment. Had an MRI of my entire spine. When I went to see him he found compression fx of t 11 and 12 and many herniated discs. I was so happy to have something to treat I cried.
I am finding a new doc in each of the areas, but I feel so shaken. One of the physicians told me to stop having surgery, and the secretly seeking reasons to use opoids. The thing is how did I get from trusted patient to chronic complainer secretly seeking heaving narcotics. And how do I keep from going there again?

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    The first step to getting proper care for chronic pain is to seek out the right doctor. Your best bet is a conventional pain management doctor, with all of your medical records, and up to date test results, including the new MRI. What is the surgical opinion for treating the new problems in your spine? Is surgery under consideration? If it is, then the surgeon will only treat the acute post op pain, so start searching for either a physiatrist who specializes in spine rehab-and pain management, or a conventional pain management practice who is open to using all modalities to treating spine pain.
    Check your insurance website for a listing of physicians in your area , by specialty. Keep a diary of your pain levels, what causes them, what relieves them in any degree, your activity level and bring it with you. Be open to all of the offerings from the doctors, because there is a standard of care that comes into play when it comes to managing pain. Pills are just one small part of that. There is a link to getting chronic pain treated in my post, read it.......
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