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?