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heroinesickhheroinesick Posts: 3
Hello all. I'm new to treatment though I have had back and leg issues for three years. I'll get these out of the way real fast.

Always identify what your current problem is L5/s1 herniation
How long have you been dealing with it 3 years
What doctors have you visited (ie type - Primary Care, Spine Specialist, etc) PCP, Spine surgeon, and have an appt with pain management
What diagnostic test have you had and what are the results: MRI and X-ray.
What medications are you currently on Currently, a medrol 4 mg pack, 500 mg raboxin, meloxicam 15 mg
What treatments have you had so far? Conservative or Aggressive? Just started, conservative
What are the recommendations/action plan from your doctor(s) PT for 4 weeks, then another appt
Have you had previous spinal surgery? If so, identify when , what and the results No
Any other information that can help the rest of this site understand your situation

I've had nerve pain in my legs for three years, as well as random but habitual spasms in my back. I've never sought treatment until now, as I didn't have insurance. I just have some questions as it's my first time to the rodeo, as it were.

When I saw my spine surgeon today, we talked about many things, but I wanted to go straight for the throat. I asked him about neurotin and his exact words were "I don't follow that." He was going to write the prescription for me anyway, but he seemed hesitant. I understand he's just met me, but I'm tired. I work third shift, by myself, 10 hours a night, 3 nights a week. I need the pain to be as minimized as possible without being doped up. He just seemd to be a little laissez-faire about nerve pain treatment, but definitely didn't want to give me narcotics, which for me is GOOD. I won't take those, anyway for fear of becoming addicted. Was he the right person to ask for the neurotin? Or should I ask my pain management doc for that? He did give me muscle relaxers which is fine, I'll barely take those anyway and a steroid pack.

As far as pain management is concerned, I called to see when I could get an appointment and I was told my status was still "Under review from the doctors." I've never been to a pain management clinic before, so this seems like a long time to be waiting ( it's been three weeks since my PCP sent my referral over.) Do I tell them all the medicine that I've been put on?

Sorry for the 9000 questions. Like I said, this is my first time being this involved with a doctor in my adult life and it's a little overwhelming.

Thanks for the help anyone can give.


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,431
    I know it can be frustrating going to doctor visits, esp when in so much pain.
    I can't speak to doctors response being less than enthusiastic.

    Re' if you should have asked pain management....
    I see PM doctor and have for years and we have a contract that I only receive pain meds from him.
    As I understand, you did not yet see PM doctor, which means no contract with him as yet. I would think.

    That is how it works for me and some others I've spoken with.

    As far as communication to all doctors.....I do let each know what the other has prescribed.
    I see PM monthly, and when changes in med, I write note to my primary, so she knows and it doesn't have to wait until my next annual exam...as I may forget ,also.
    All my doctors are aware of each other, mostly referrals from primary, and I give info to update each doctor.

    i can't see how it would hurt to notify primary doctor of still waiting for PM decision to see you. Primary may be able to add communication as to your need .......and primary may pass on the new meds you are now on from surgeon and that might help.

    Good luck! Keep us posted with how you're doing
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