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Recovering from broken pelvis after surgery

adeal533aadeal533 Posts: 2
edited 08/27/2015 - 11:27 PM in Recovering from Surgery
I'm new here and am looking for some advice or experiences since I'm scared and my primary doctor is not interested in my care. FYI 29 year old female living near Philly, Pa.

3 weeks ago I was in a head on collision while driving to work. I instantly knew my pelvictory bone was broken. I weigh about 115 and the force of the impact of my body moving forward and hitting the locked seat belt broke the entire right wing portion off. Many minor fractures were found and a large fracture on the left wing was found.

They did surgery the next morning after transferring me to a trama 1 hospital. On the right I have 4 large screws holding the wing on, a large plate on the back wall of the pelvis bone with 4 smaller screws. On the left they put in a huge screw to hold the major fracture in place and from breaking further if I put weight on it.

I'm at no weight bearing status for a total of 6-8weeks. I have 2 herniated discs at the base of my neck from a previous injury. Even though 7different registered nurses and a social worker and two friends, one who broke his neck and another who shattered from her knee to her toes, all say I should be on an er pain medicine plus medicine for break through pain. My doctor has me on just 5mg of ocycodone. My family doctor should be overseeing my follow up care tree to he doesn't care to even ask me anything, the Lyrica makes mehave trouble thinking, remembering, and speaking and he rushes me off the phone and says thing like what do you want muscle relaxers? In a tone as if he is annoyed and I'm just being a baby and wasting his time. It was brought to my attention by a friend that because I'm 29 I'm in an age category where they won't give me anything because some other idiots get addicted.

I get that I'm in an age range but then look at my character. I have a bs, ms, and 3/4 of my PhD in structural engineering done and I have been on tramadol since 2001 for a knee injury/surgery and my neck injury and now I don't even use it and only refill it every 6-9 months when I could refill it every month. I'm concerned because I'm in so much pain every day and since my family doctor doesn't care (said he would fill a muscle relaxers since I'm getting crazy spasms that keep me up for days and took him a week and my dad going there and reminding him to get him to even do what he said he would do) I feel like I have nobody with expertise in the field to tell me when things I'm scared about are normal, or discuss an issue like my entire right side from my shoulder to my fingers and my thigh to my toes being numb and tingling for 3 days straight even though I'm taking Lyrica which should block nerve signals from getti ng to your brain.

I have to keep calling my surgeons nurse to step in and fill the muscle relaxer or advise me about the numbness since my family doctor doesn't want anything to do with me. She said I should not be experiencing this sensation and that it sounds like major nerve pain and if it gets worse or last much longer to go to the ER... she set up an appointment with a spine specialist but they don't have an opening until the end of September. .

She is perplexed by my doctors behavior. I keep calling new doctors but they want my records which are taking forever to get or new doctors don't return my call (maybe they don't want a new patient in the middle of a serious injury).

My questions:
What doctor's should I be trying to see (since my family doctor isn't telling me)?

Haso anyone else have a similar injury and did you have the numbness and tingling sensation?

What type of pain medication is typical for this injury and with the herniated discs that are causing all these spasms?

Should I be seeing a pain management doctor?

I just feel scared since my doctor doesn't really know everything going on so how can he be confident with the care I'm getting.. also my insides were beat up real bad to the point where they were going to do a second surgery thinking my intestines were mangled but then I finally went and they canceled it. I'm still getting a huge amount of pain before I go and it stays up high in my belly. .. then the pain will move down real quick and I instantly have to go.

I just need a piece of mind right now. I'm working on finding a new doctor but it has been so difficult. And because I'm scared not knowing what is normal for the recovery process and in so much pain it is very frustrating calling doctor offices all day and getting no where.

Thank you so much for any advice in advance. I'm so nervous just knowing someone else has the same issues would be enough to help me feel safe.

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  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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  • You should try pain management.
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  • adeal533aadeal533 Posts: 2
    edited 08/28/2015 - 10:40 AM
    I finally found a family doctor that will see me. I have to wait until Wednesday. Hopefully they can direct to the best pain management doctor. My surgeon says 5mg of oxycodone should be fine and I shouldn't need it as the weeks go on. My hips only hurt if I lay on them or do too much. But my neck and back hurt so much and the muscles get so tight and tensed I'm in pain 24/7 and the muscle spasms are so out of control that the muscle relaxers don't seem to do a thing. And obviously the issue with my right arm and leg going numb for days on end is unnerving. .. I can't wait to go to a new family doctor just so my mind will be at ease knowing a doctor knows the issues I'm dealing with and is comfortable with the care I'm getting. My doctor hasn't ask me a thing and just dismisses me and doesn't do what he says he will. He denied me when I asked for my anxiety medicine to be refilled because it was a little early but in my defense the hospital gave me double my daily dose for a week and when he said he will call in a muscle relaxer so I can get some sleep and he doesn't do it until a week later when my dad goes in person to ask him again... I had to use more anxiety medicine to help me sleep a few hours through the muscle spasms and I'm so stressed out when I'm having numbness and tingling and losing feeling in my leg... and I'm told by the surgeon to go to the er if it doesn't get better. So yeah my anxiety is through the roof because my doctor doesn't care to know what is going on. And you are not supposed to stop taking anxiety medicine cold turkey. Instead of having the secretary tell me no, why not get on the phone for half a minute and ask me why I ran out early. Maybe actually talking to your patient so you can give the appropriate care. I feel like I'm falling through the cracks.

    I've left messages at a few spine doctors (earliest anyone can see me is September 25th) and a few pain specialist (still waiting to get all my records from the hospital so they won't take me yet) and a bunch of family doctors which I finally got an appointment at one Wednesday. I have to wait until Wednesday bc my doctor was supposed to have my records ready today (he had a week) but no they just say why do you need your records.. how about instead of waiting until the time you said passes and for me to bug you to ask why.. when I'm expecting then to be ready to pick up like you said. So I can move on with my recovery instead of sitting here spinning my wheels in pain and not knowing if something is ok.

    Sorry I have no one to vent to and I'm scared. I know I'm lucky but I don't want my recovery to be longer or harder then it needs to be if there are things I should or could be doing or issues that need to be resolved in order for them to not prevent me from progressing.

    If anyone has similar experience please let me know. I feel so alone and nobody knows what to tell me because no one I know or talk to has ever experienced something like this.. and the few that have had different severe injuries had so much care and seemed to be so much more comfortable through this type of recovery and I don't know why I'm going nuts because I can't distract myself from this pain anymore.

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