Pain pain and more pain! I had two surgeries in 2010 ACDF and Laminectomy. I have been on pain meds and still am. I have done radio wave injections that made pain worse. The other injections/ block that sometimes offer some relief for just a few days but pain doc pushes them hard. Here in Ohio lately the doctors put you through the ringer to get your meds. Expensive urine drug tests that insurance pays around $700 for every other month, contracts, a phone call makes you come in to count your pills. I am 57 totally disabled ex cop and I feel like a criminal. I am also a disabled vet but the VA is useless and not thinks pain management should be handled with relaxation classes, group meetings etc.
They have also just told all their doctors nationwide to not prescribe pain meds if at all possible. Luckily my pain doc us not connected to VA but sadly I get everything free there. I choose to pay so I can get reasonable treatment but I have to go through hell to get it. In my last MRI a year ago it showed my lower spine has worsened since last surgery in 2010. I am getting another MRI tomorrow because I am begging them to try another surgery which I never thought I'd do but that's where I am. Lastly my pain meds help a great deal but they make you feel afraid to say we need to adjust dosage but I am at the point I am going to push for that at my next appointment Friday. I am literally fearful about the trend that's going on in the US that will and has punish chronic sufferers like us because if drug addicts who just wanted to get high. Medical Mayrijauna is not yet legal in Ohio because I want to see if it will help me. Can't try it because of random and often drug testing. I don't know how pain management is across the US and across the world but I can tell you I am concerned. Sorry for being so long winded I haven't been on in a long time so like you I am looking for advice too.