Confused about the next step to take regarding my back pain. After a bad car accident, I had a double microdiscectomy (L4, L5, S1) in May, 2015. About a month ago, my pain started again. I saw my surgeon, and he gave me a 30-day supply of Norco, and told me to come back in a month if I was still experiencing pain.
My current meds: Norco, Flexeral, Ibuprofin.
My surgeon is very busy, so it takes a few weeks to schedule an appt., and he never spends more than 5 minutes with me. I live in L.A. and he's on the other side of town. With traffic, appointments usually take four hours or more. I have a GP that is 10 minutes from my house.
Which doctor should be my primary prescribing physician -
1. Surgeon - (is this his responsibility?)
2. GP (do they usually prescribe narcotics?)
3. Pain management doc (I have an appt. scheduled in 3 weeks, if needed).
May 5, 2015 L5/S1 Microdiscectomy
May 5, 2015 L4/L5 Laminectomy