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pain management help

liedjalliedja Posts: 3
edited 07/19/2015 - 4:26 AM in Pain Management
I had surgery on a herniated disc between L3-L4 in March 2015. Things were going great but then in may I lifted a basket of clothes wrong and it took me down. Ever since then I have again had massive amounts of pain. Recently I got referred to the pain management doc. I had my first appointment and he recommended turmeric 3x a day and referred me to an accupunctureist. I'm not opposed to this alternative medicine at all. Anything I can do to get my pain under control. I have since ran out of my 5mg hydrocodone prescribed by my primary doctor and wake up in horrible pain Evey angle day. I don't know what to do! I have an MRI Tuesday so hopefully that will once again validate the pain I'm in...
Then maybe pain management will give me something?? I was excited to finally start managing my pain and It seems this doctor does not want me on pain meds at all. I get why but I can't hardly function. I'm currently on nabumatone and flexaril. They don't seem to do much. Any advice?


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  • Find a new pain management doctor. You are only 4 months out I'm surprised your surgeon isn't being more helpful for pain. I feel if you are in pain you don't heal well.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,848
    Will only take their patients out for up to six weeks. Still many stop narcotics after four weeks.

    At that point it would be up to your new doctor be it a pain mgt doctor or other

    I've always told folks that part of their surgical situation would include who is going to take over in terms of pain management.

    But right now you seem to be in a tough situation. I would suggest talking to your surgeon to see if there are other options
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