Hello all, I have had chronic back pain since 2003. I have had a laminectomy / discectomy twice and an evntul neurostimulator implant all prior to 2005. I currently see a doctor monthly and am on pain management medication. I lost a good paying job in 2006 due to corporate restructering, currently I work full time not utilizing my college degree and have no health insurance. over 2 years ago My doctor referred me to an orthopedic surgeon who ordered a mylogram. Results showed minor imipinngement at L5 S1, nothing surgical intervention once again would help. Another neurosurgeon interpreted the results as nerve damage and further surgery would be too risky with uncertain results. My pain has become much worse over the course of the last year.
I often feel so run down and in pain that I Wonder if the problem really is stemming frommy back. My doctor is convinced it is. I'm not so sure anymore. I am misserable, my personal relationships are suffering. I feel as thoug my doctor is missing something.
I would like to get another opinion from another doctor however I can't find one accepting new patients or a doctor who will accept a patient currently on pain medication prescribbed by another doctor. The surgeon who performed my original surgery relocated his practice. How do I proceed? Where do I go? I am desparate to find an answer to why I feel the way I do. I need to explore other options to resolve this problem, enough is enough. I can't take much more.
Thank you for any help someone can pass my way.