I'm fairly new to the forum and new to pain mgmt. While I had my first surgery -L5-S1 360 fusion in 1991, I have not been in any type of pain mgmt until my recent surgery. Last year I had a posterior fusion of C3- T1. And diagnosed w/ DDD and DJD in my lumbar discs and SI joint.
While i've seen the PM doc now for about a year, it is always like an initial visit when I go in. It is like I have to relate my history every single time. Then if I say the last drug they gave me...MS Contin just didn't work for me, as I could not function, they will say "Well what do you want to try?" How am I supposed to know? They are the Docs.
Is this typical? Am I the one who should be researching every drug and treatment option out there and then requesting it?
Also, I am working FT, not by choice...I really feel I qualify for disability. I am in more pain post surgery than before due to muscle spasms in my neck and arm which is aggravated by work. I work at a computer all day long and it is hard to concentrate when you hurt and are groggy from meds. Do most of you still work?
I am taking Neurotin, Robaxin, Hydrocodone and a Fetanyl patch. Along with Prozac and HBP meds.