I have been in treatment with a pm doc for the last 4 or 5 years. My pain has gotten progressively worse to the point where it is very difficult for me to sit here at my computer because of the excruciating pain (my bum, hips, knees, legs, feet, lower back, mid- upper- back, shoulders, neck, after about 15 or 20 minutes I get a furious headache which is relieved when I lay back down) .It effects pretty much my entire back at this point. I have not slept in a real bed for 3 years. I have to sleep on my sofa. It is becoming very difficult to find a comfortable position. Standing for more that a few minutes exacerbates the pain, too. Sometimes I am unable to stand up straight and have to walk very slowly bent over at an angle. I have had injections of one sort or another every week for the last three weeks and have appts for the next two.
I asked my pm doc a while back if there was anything else that could be done and she said there was nothing I could do. A couple of weeks ago she told me that I needed a three level fusion. I don't know which parts of my back she was referring to since there are so many problems there. She also said that they are learning that people who had fusions five years ago are starting to have trouble with those fusions and seemed to be discouraging me against this option.
I love my pm because she has kept me going for a long time. With the government breathing down their back about opiate rx's, sometimes I feel like she wants to keep me and others around who are willing to take these procedures so that she can document that she uses lots of things to control pain and not just meds. Does that make sense.
The injections are painful as many of you know and give temporary relief. They are helping less and less. The pain is currently ruling my life. I find that I am lying down the majority of the time. I am constantly driving back and forth to my pain doc.
There is a spine clinic that my insurance covers, should I try them to discuss options? What kind of doctor do I need to see?
I have been looking at the forums here and surgery sounds awful. I am 50 "ish" and have not much of a quality of life at this point.
Well, thank you for reading this if you made it this far and I welcome any suggestions regarding what sort of doctor I should be discussing these things with.