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JonathanBJJonathanB Posts: 1
edited 06/04/2015 - 3:00 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
I'm looking for a bit of guidance maybe some justification. I'm going to spare you a long story because I'm sure there are too many of those here. Background: I'm 28 years old and am 5''10 and weigh about 150-155 lb. My current pain level off pain medicine is a solid 8. I

I injured myself in a high impact motorcycle accident. I slipped or herniated 2 discs in my t-9 and t-10. Originally I started out with non narcotic and non invasive treatments as well as physical therapy. I've also had several assorted injections to no avail. I was on and off norco for reasons you may be able to guess due to my age. At that time I was 22. Now I am under the microscope because of the DEA sweep we are all probably familiar with at the moment. I had a foraminotomy and a laminectomy on both disc. The dr who did the procedure and was giving me pain management got cancer and I had to switch. I've been going to my current dr for 2 years with no problem continuing 75 mcg duragesic and 8 norco a day with 90% increase in quality of life. I've had a doctor recently say that to blind my damaged nerve he wants to "burn it" (rhizotomy). Also I'm sure that since I will be looking for another doctor I will encounter pressure for highly profitable low outcome procedures I have already been through as well as physical therapy have done 3X. I was told by my previous doctor that in my case, physical therapy/tens units and all that sort of thing will not help my damaged nerve(s)? I don't want to do an electromyogram to prove myself. I've submitted to drug testing for over 2 or 3 years and have a spotless record on pain medicines but they want to yank them from me. Do any of you have any suggestions or advice? Maybe something I have missed? I also have suffered a complication from surgery being mild loss of bladder control (nerve damage) . I don't know what I am going to do to live with out my medications. I am an engineering major in college with one degree already. I don't want to be constantly sent home from work and forced to be on disability. I cannot allow that to happen. I feel for all of you guys. I'm having a hard time and am terrified of what the future holds for me.

Thanks friends


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    I'm a little confused. Are you soon to see a new doctor? Or already saw new doctor who has already stopped your medication?
    If your meds not yet removed from you, I wouldn't worry till I had to.

    I found that my records go to new pain management doctor as I have had to change. New PM doc has always been respectful to previous doctor's treatments and medications ordered.

    The only thing, and I was told this from first PM doc and from all others, that my main pain control medication will be changed every one to two years to prevent becoming resistant.
    And that is what has happened all these years. I started on fentanyl patch, then switch to OxyContin , back to patch, etc...
    So far they are both still effective meds for me.

    My original PM also said PT would not benefit me and no other PM has challenged that.
    If it were me and new PM would want to update some testing, EMG, MRI, I would have no problem with that.
    I would understand he may want to compare to original baseline. But PM docs are there to help us to have highest quality of life as possible.

    If you have situation where your meds are no longer available to you, you might want second opinion.
    I wish you the very best and hope all goes smoothly for you.
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