Hello. I was in a very bad car accident back in 1996 My bsck was broke and other damage done. I had back surgery so I could walk without assistance about a year later. Then when we had tried many thing s and no real relief had another surgery about a year after the first one. I had a fusion done on L 4-L. 5 -S 1. I have been taking a durgesic patch 100 meq every other day and for break through pain they gave me the ocycotain 20 mg. I took this same amount for about 17 years then the pain had gotten to a point I couldn't stand. I went back to a surgeon and had surgery on L 3-4. My breakthrough pain med was
Increased to 30mg every 6 hrs. Up until last year
My primary doctor prescribed my pain medicine. Then th laws changed and I had to go to a pain management center in order to receive medication .
Because I am on a durgesic patch at 100 meq every 48 hrs. And because the government wants to dictate our health care they came up with this scale giving certain drugs a number the durgesic patch was given a 7 ( I think this to be correct). They take that number and multiply the dosage to come up with a number
Because. So many people are using these drugs incorrectly and many are over dosing they have gotten
Very strict and. Now no one can be over. The magical number of 200. Of course I am way over that number
So even the pain doctors do not want to prescribe these medicines to me . I live in TN so medical
Marajuaina is not legal. I am in severe pain and have no life. The littlest thing I do. Makes my lower back hurt worse to the point of tears. I do not know what to do . I need some serious help. My new dr. Said he can not give me these meds. Because it is way over what is allowed. He wants me to think About a SPINAL STIMULATOR HE said that is IF. he can even get one placed in the dura space be sis my back is such. A mess he isn't even sure this can be done . If it can be done I then have to fight my insurance company. Because according to th dr many insurances will not cover it and it cost about 20,000 dollars . I would like to know what other patients think about all of this??
If someone has first hand knowledge of the spinal stimulator I would love to hear from you . I am desperate and at the end of my rope willing to try just about anything . Many things have already been tried and this is about the last thing that can be offered.