I titled this post frustrated 2 because there is already a "frustrated". I didn't want to hijack that thread.
I've recently had a flare up of facet joint pain. That's what I was diagnosed with last year. I've had about 5 facet joint injections which have reduced the pain to a manageable level for a few weeks. Two weeks ago I had an injection (3 pokes in the L4 L5 area) which seemed to make the pain worse. I called the PM office and they said to come in the next day.
I went in the next day as scheduled, and ended up waiting an hour and a half to see the doc. (more frustration)
I usually see the nurse practitioner unless I'm getting an injection, and even then I only see the doc for a few minutes. So when I had the chance to talk to him face to face, after waiting over an hour in an uncomfortable chair, I was about in tears.
I described how the pain was worse after the last round of injections and the doc said nothing. Seriously, NOTHING. He just looked at me. There was an awkward silence of about 15 seconds and then he said I have three options: injections, medication, or referral to a surgeon.
I'm frustrated because each injection is $600 out of pocket until I reach the $2000 deductible. I told the doc that it is getting so expensive! He said I can do the injections WITHOUT general anesthesia for the cost of an office visit. He also increased the hydrocodone from 5/325 twice a day to 7.5/325 twice a day and added 300 mg. gabapentin at bedtime.
So, the injection is scheduled for Tuesday (without the general anesthesia). Now I'm scared to do it and frustrated that I'm not getting any better.
Yesterday I treated myself to a massage in hopes that it would reduce the pain. Nope. Actually made the pain in my back worse, especially when the masseuse touched the left lumbar area. However, the rest of my body felt relaxed ha ha ha.)
I'm wondering if I should go to my PCP to have another MRI done or if I should just continue on the path I'm on?
Thanks for listening.