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edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello. I have been reading a lot of these posts hoping to find others who are like me. I don't know where to post but I'll figure it out eventually! Here is my tale...I had anterior-posterior spinal fusion at L5-S1 in April of 2005. I had the surgery because I had bad back pain but the main reason was awful leg pain. My NS said it would not cure the back pain but the leg would be better. It was too, until about 6 months ago, when it started to hurt again. My GP has put me on a bunch of different anti-inflammatory meds to try to knock it out but nothing has worked. (Side note: I take Hydrocodone 7.5/500 2x a day for the back.) My leg pain has gotten really bad in the past month or so. I went in last week to have my IUD removed (we want another baby) and I told her the Naproxen was not helping. She said she would order an MRI but had to be pre-authorized. The next day I called the office again and told them how much pain I was in and hadn't slept. I called for three days and could not get my doctor on the phone. On Friday I got a hold of the nurse and she said the doc said if I was in that much pain I should go to the ER. I am very frustrated and don't know what to do. I feel like I am being blown off. Sorry this is so long...


  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can.i am sorry you are in such severe pain. i don't know if it is sciatica or something else. there are nerve pain medication for sciatica but be sure to speak to your doctor. you have a lot on your plate. perhaps you will find some comfort being with people who are feeling as you do. [( i wish you all the best. Jenny :)
  • Thanks for your support. I am on my way to the MRI in a few..I hope it will give me some answers. I am pretty upset with my doctor at this point. I really like her and I do not want to change doctors. Does anyone know how long it takes to get MRI results back so I know when to make an appointment with her?
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  • Hi, welcome to SH, you have found a great site full of information and support. I am sorry you are in so much pain. Pain is a common denomenator that most of have or had in our Spiney journey, so we do understand. Yep you need to find out what is going on before you get pregnant. Pregnancy will agrivate back issues and limit the types of medications you can take. Did your spine successfully fuse back in O5? Fusion patients are at risk for adjacent disc disease. The MRI is definitely needed and will probably take a few days to be sent to your doctor. You will probably need to get back in to your spine surgeon for an accurate interpretation of the MRI. I know it is frustrating when our doctors don't call us back. I have had that same issue before. Is the Norco no longer helping? Perhaps she is hesitant to order stronger meds because of the plan to get pregnant, but she should at least talk to you about it. I hope you get some answers and relief soon. Take care, >:D< Sue
  • Only take about 48 hours in my area. I would seriously have to change docs if I were you. It sounds as if your current doc does not want to deal with your pain issues. Have you considered seeing a pain management doc? Maybe your GP will refer you to one after getting the results of MRI. Meanwhile if your pain does get too elevated to handle maybe you should make a trip to the ER. Maybe they will be willing to prescribe something to you at least until you can get your results from the MRI. I hope that you find relief soon. You will find lots of understanding and support here. Good luck and please keep us posted.
  • According to my NS, the fusion looked good about a year after, and I haven't seen him since, I didn't feel there was anything else he could do at the time. I did call and talk to his nurse the other day and she said they do not take my health plan now and so I am hoping to switch. I did have a baby in Nov. Of 2006, while I did have a lot of back pain during the pregnancy, it was worth it. I went for the MRI tonight(they freak me out) and they said my doc will have the results in 1-2 days. As far as the hydros go, I started having the pain in the leg while I was taking that for the back and it doesn't touch it. I don't think it's really effective for my back either but I've just accepted that I will never be pain free, and it's better than nothing. I do feel that she didn't call me because everyone seems so freaked out by pain meds. She has always been super supportive before, but I feel I have minimized it because I hate complaining. The first time I am in real distress, I was stonewalled. I still haven't heard from her. Unfortunately, she started as my OB and went to family practice, and I don't want a different OB. I took the pain meds during pregnancy, with her permission, how much is ok?
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  • I have considered a pain management specialist, but as far as I have heard, we only have 1 or 2 in town. I'm sure they are much more in tune with real pain issues. After the nurse told me to go to the ER, I thought the doctor was challenging me or something, then I thought maybe she hoped they would do the MRI. I did go on Friday and they gave me Prednisone and Percoset 5/325, and it didn't help. Tuesday, I went to the Urgent Care after talking to the Nurse Line and the doctor there gave me Tramadol. It doesn't help either. I guess I will try to get in with my doctor asap, and go from there...Thanks for your help!
  • They probably gave you the steroids to help with inflammation. If the pain is coming from inflammation, you will not feel the relief from the steroids for about 1 week. But it really sounds like you need a new MRI. Good luck.
  • I think I just posted in the wrong place so I don't think I will get an answer. I had the MRI last night and called my docs office to make and appt. I was told I could see a different doc on Monday but that my doc is booked until November. I have been in severe pain for a couple weeks and been leaving messages for her and her nurses for a week and a half. I know this other doc won't do anything because they don't change other docs orders. So I will be in the same situation as I am now. I called back and left another message for my doc, and the receptionist was so snotty. I feel like I am a big joke and nuisance to them and I don't know if they have even given her the messages. I am really hoping this is a misunderstanding, because I have been completely open to everything she has suggested trying for months, and now that the pain has become unbearable, I have been bugging them just to talk to her. What should I do? I don't even know how to get a new dr. When I was looking for one for my dad, I kept hearing that no one wants to take on chronic pain patients. HELP!
  • Your doc seems very unprofessional at this time. It seems rather odd that you are unable to get an emergency appointment with your doc and you should not wait until Nov.

    I would call one last time and ask for an emergency appointment with your doc. If that is unsucsessful I would contact your insurance company and let them know of your dis-satisfaction with your doc. The insurance company wants the docs to see their pts, not have them in the ER or Hospitalized.

    Your insurance company may also be useful in helping you find a new doc as well, they should have a list of providers that accept your insurance

    Hope this helps
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