I just came back from my pain management appointment, and my doc was out, i saw the nurse as always (havent seen the doc in two years) but i was in a lot of pain and wanted to change my meds a little. I have a durogesic patch, at 50mcg an hour, but no meds for breakthrough, and i am one of the many people for whom the patch does NOT last 72 hours, more like 48, i didnt want a dose increase, just to be allowed to change the patch more frequently for a more level dose of meds.
Instead i was told (through the nurse, without the doctor having ever laid eyes on me) that i was "overmedicated" and only had " a little bulge and a few degenerations" so apparently i should not be in so much pain. My last MRI was 5 years ago, while i was pregnant. And at the TIME, they said i had THREE RUPTURED disks, not one "little bulge" so thats one contradiction, but regardless, telling me i was overmedicated is like saying im lying about my pain.
Maybe i am taking more meds than someone with a NEW problem, but ive been having this pain for 15 years and the pain meds have been slowly increased over all that time as my tolerance rose, one would think a supposed pain management doc would understand something like that, but he said if i was HIS patient (thank God im not) he would take ALL my meds. (possibly killing me with abrupt withdrawl, but thats ok right?) I cannot use the steroid shots that are their mainstays because i am type 1 diabetic and the shots raise my sugar to 550 and turn me into a drooling idiot.
They ended the appointment by assigning me to physical therapy (again) a tens unit (which studies show dont actually work) and took my mobic with no replacement for it. Biggest problem for me was the implication that i was just some junkie that wasnt even worth his time to pop his head in, just accuse by proxy and dash on. Soooo, any practical info on the tens, does it work for some of you despite the studies? Suggestions for dealing with this? I go back next month.