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Change Pain management doctor?

greatmoshieggreatmoshie easton, paPosts: 1
edited 12/27/2015 - 4:07 AM in Chronic Pain
I have not been here in awhile. Sorry. Briefly as I can, I am 57 year old female. I have always work hard physical jobs. My last one the back pain was too severe. So many people told me no surgery. But I was told by doc severe spinal stenosis bulging deteriorating discs, etc. So i had fusion and lamenectomy. One of the screws wouldn't stay so he closed me up that way. that was july, 2013. After 4 months of continued pain I was referred to pain management, but it took another 3 or so months to get insurance issues worked out. Have been seeing same pain clinic since middle of 2014. I still had the same exact pain and numbness on side it was always on. So I had to endure a total of 4 nerve shots. the ones that put you through roof, tens unit, p.t. and finally meds, I only saw doc for shots. P.A. for office visits. She was not in my opinion very compassionate. I was getting 3 - 5mg oxycodone daily. We finally tried what i kept asking for which was S.I. joint injection done twice worked twice for a few days. I have groin hip and leg pain all over at different times but this was the constant. So i had an S.I. joint fusion in early november. No improvement. post op suegical said it looked good and i should not be in pain. Post op pain clinic she tries me on gabapentin. After 2 weeks and no pain relief my leg and groin hurt so bad and still do I cant put pressure on my left leg without agony. I have always been compliant with meds and probably too compliant in general. So I stop gabapentin cause it is making me stutter and feel wacky. Called and told front office what was going on. She made me wait almost the entire day till she called back and told me i could come in for the nerve shot which she knows i hate and dont work or she would call in prednisone packet. And I could not be seen till my next app't on jan. 8th. I have medicare now so i have more options but i am at a loss. Because I am basically so depressed and my judgement sucks because I question my sanity now and i don't want to live like this anymore. I am not suicidal but i dont want this kind of existance either. I should mention she is leaving and i will be seeing a new girl and for the first time the doctor will be there too. Any suggestions how to talk to them would be great. TY

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