I am new to internet discussion board but I am feeling pretty frustrated right now. I thought it might help to speak with people who may understand. I will try to make my story short.
I have had very bad pain in my lower and upper back for the past 4 years. That is the earliest I remember where the pain was bad enough that I took action. I threw out my "soft" mattress and got a "firm" one. This did not do much.
I did not go to the doctor for my back until 4 months ago. I was morbidly obese in my teens, and while i did achieve a normal weight during college, I often fluctuate between various degrees of overweight. I assumed that the pain in my back was due to the extra weight, and therefore the doctor could not help me.
I am 30 years old now and had been taking 800mg ibuprofen 3 to 4 times a day. I went to my doctor because I was concerned I was developing an ulcer and was still in pain despite the ibuprofen. He did an x-ray and the findings were; scoliosis in upper and lower back, bone spurs, and early onset arthritis. He said there was nothing to be done besides pain meds and i declined.
Fast forward 2 months and my wife had our first baby via c-section. I was in agony the second day, doing all the bending and picking up for 2 people, carrying around a 9lb 6oz newborn, and constantly bending over changing tables. I called my PCP and the nurse called in 20 x 5/325 hydrocodone. I was told this was a 20 day supply, even though I had been prescribed more for a wisdom tooth...
I made an appointment with a "Spine Specialist / Pain Management doctor". 3.5 month wait... during this time, my PCP refilled my script a couple of times, with increasing anger it seemed. About a month before i got to see the specialist, he said he would no longer prescribe any medication.
Spine specialist orders an MRI over lower back and I have been waiting 2 weeks for it to clear insurance. When I asked if he could give me a pain block, he said he had to wait for the results to know what kind to use. I asked for a script in the mean time, and he would only give me "Tramadol". I have never had this before. It actually worked well for pain for unfortunately it conflicts with 2 routine medications and triggers asthma attacks at night.
I called today to follow up on MRI schedule and asked if the dr. could give me a different medicine. Two different nurses at the office told me that this doctor does not prescribe meds (besides the fact he already gave me a script) and to refer me to my PCP. My PCP tells me the specialist should monitor pain. THEY BOTH TELL ME TO CONTACT THE OTHER
I asked the nurse to please have the doctor call me and tell me what i should do for my pain. I have never gone through such an experience before. Everyone at both offices treats me with disdain and suspiscion and it has had a very dehumanizing effect. I have gone back to my extreme dose of ibuprofen and added tylenol, but have been very close to getting sick at work.
I am willing to try any alternative pain treatment. I just wish i didn't have to be in so much pain while waiting 4-5 months for some doctor to finally suggest one. I can't avoid shoveling the snow, or caring for my child, or sitting 10 hours a day at work, so i am in more pain each day.................sorry for venting, but i am so frustrated that the whole situation seems out of my hands,