I hurt my back in Jan 2013 and ever since I've been on 10 mg oxy 2x a day (as needed, I usually only take it once a day) and an anti-inflammatory and gabapentin. I'm never pain free but the medication combo has things under control and makes the difference between being able to bend to wipe or get dressed vs not being able to.
I've been going to the same doctor since the start but a few months ago my doctor and physician's assistant were indicted for medicaid fraud and there was a lot of turnover in the mean time and I saw a different doc every 2 weeks for a while. Every one of them was trying to push me to have an epidural. Now I've seen the same doctor two months in a row, and his associate the month before, and they're going to be the new permanent ones, and they're both insisting that I get an epidural because I'm "too young to be on narcotics permanently" and other stuff like that.
I'm not comfortable having an epidural. I think that my treatment is fine the way it is and everything is under control as is and I don't see why I should risk making the pain worse for temporary relief (a few months according to the doctors) so that I can "taper off narcotics" and what? Sit in pain in between epidurals?
I really don't want to do it and would rather keep things the way they are, but I feel like I am not in a position to say no. I feel like if I say no they will stop giving me my meds or drop me as a patient. What can I do?