I'll start by saying hello! I've browsed the forums often when I was looking for answers regarding my back pain and finally decided to join. A little background, when I was three I was run over by a lawn mower which took all of my toes and half of the muscle in my leg, causing life long knee pain. When I was 16 I was in a car accident where I broke C2 T3 T4 and my collar bone. After fusion I suffer from ulnar nerve pain, upper back pain, neck pain, and headaches. After having my daughter at 21 the pain was so tremendous that I endeavored on my long journey for relief from this debilitating pain. I finally have gotten into pain management after 2 years where on my first appointment the doctor told me it was a miracle I was even walking, looked at my MRI for less than thirty seconds, apologized that I'd been through so much, wrote me a prescription for hydrocodone 3 times a day and sent me on my way. After researching what my first appointment would be like for weeks I was relieved that it was all so easy. My next appointment is on Friday, I am scheduled to see the nurse practitioner which has me nervous because I do have some concerns. My pain is well controlled throughout the day, but by around 5 o clock I am in agony and cannot take any more meds (I definitely do not want to be kicked out of pain management after I worked so hard to get there for "self escalation of pain medication"). My question is how do I bring it to the nurse's attention that I would like to explore the possibility of adding a longer lasting medication in the morning to provide me better relief? Is she going to look at me like an addict for expressing these concerns at my second appointment? I've been treated like a medical leper for so long because of my constant pain complaints that any interactions that I have with doctors about it makes me INCREDIBLY anxious.
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