I have a protruding disc causing sciatica down my left leg and now butt cheeks! I always feel like something is bulging out of my back when I lay down. I had my 1st spinal epidural shot in June in which it kicked in after 2 weeks and I was doing great for about 2.5 months. Now here we are again I am in pain and I had injection #2 a few days ago based upon past experiences and what I'm feeling so far i am looking at 2 weeks to feel better then I should be fine and hopefully not require another shot! Here is where my aggravation comes in! I was referred to a pain clinic for a reason I transferred from my orthopedic who did my first injection. Reason I transferred is I needed pain management control plain and simple and possibly surgery. They gave me another injection which was completely fine but I told them it took 2 weeks last time for the injection to kick in. He sent me home with 15 viciden to take 1 every 6 hours for pain. 15 pills is not going to take me 2 weeks and the nurse clearly told me he only prescribed a small amount because he wanted to see if it would work first! Well I called back today this foes not work for more than 15 minutes and I don't have many left. If anything it just makes me feel loopy and tired. I spoke with the nurse who said she would talk to a doctor in office and get back to me. Well I get a call and apparently my doctor is gone until the 14th and the other dr just told her to tell me to take two viciden. I've done that and I'm still in pain and don't really like how these meds make me feel. She told me to call back again if they are not working. I dong know what to do because if I call again they will probably think I'm a drug seeker! But the nurse did tell me the doctor wanted to find out what worked and that's the reason for the small amount prescribed. Do I tell the nurse this because I am thinking this is going to look bad for me but I am frustrated the doctor was willing to give me something fit a lousy 2 weeks and not only does this med not work but now I'm taking two and will have to deal with pain even longer because I run out sooner. I have a valid medical reason for bring in pain so why are they not helping more? Had I known this I would have stuck with my orthopedic. I am do tired of hurting and being barely able to move far without pain. What should I do? Has anyone else run into these issues with pain clinics? I understand there concern with prescriptions esp narcotics but I am not a drug seeker and I have a valid reason for my pain. Do why do I feel like I'm being treAted as such?
Herniated disc diagnosis 6/2013
Bulg disc pushing on nerve at L5-S1
Steroid injection #1 was 6/2013
Steroid injection #2 was 10/1/2013