Hello this is my first time posting here. I have been tortured for the last 8 months by 2 herniated and torn disks, DDD, scoliosis amongst other nerve damage in my spine. I was seeing a physical medicine doctor for the last 7 months and we have been adjusting my medication to try to find me some relief. I am a new father and my families only source of income so I have to be able to work and be productive in my family's life and the pain unmediated is unbearable and lands me in the ER. I am currently on 75mcg/hr fentanyl patch changed every 2 days which had greatly improved my chronic pain and has made it bearable enough for me to earn a living and not want to end it all from the unrelenting pain. However in have not been able to find anything that can help me with the spikes of pain I get throughout the day that the patch does not even touch. I started on Norco 10 mg, but it didn't do anything, my do then put me on Percocet 5mg and that was even worse. I am now taking dilaudid 2 mg every 4 hours as needed but it seems to be just as effective( wich is not much at all) as the previous medications. My doctor told me she was running out of options and referred me to a pain specialist in hopes they could help me find relief.
What can I expect from them. The spikes of pain are disabling. Will I ever be able to find anything that helps? I've had injections and tried acupuncture as well, nothing seems to help me with them. Are they going to be able to help me? What can I expect? I feel hopeless and anticipate in anxiety all day when the next one is going to hit me. Why are none of the medications for breakthrough pain helping me?
Thanks for the replies.