I did get an appointment to see a pain management dr. on 11/10 .....wow, hows that for quick,fast and in a hurry? I just don't know what to expect. I certainly do not want to see him on my first visit with with a list of all the treatments I've had so far, i.e.,tried physical therapy 3 times a week for 3 mons and it didn't work, can't walk for exercise because of the pain and I;m on a diet!
I'm allergic to Ultram, Darvocet works as well as tylenol and I hurt! Thus far, I have been prescribed lortab 10 by the referring neuro surgeon. It works for about 4 1/2 hours and then begins to wear off, but I still have to wait at least 1 1/2 to take my next dose (prescribed 6 or 8 hours). I guess I fear what many people do. I don't want to be seen as a rx seeker. I really don't want to add any more to my collection. I already take enough as it is. I'm bi-polar (thats an entirely different story). I take 2 rx for depression, 1 mood stabilizer and something to help me sleep at night. Adding to this collection is not what I want to do. I just need some kind of pain relief that will work. I can't do laundry(lifting),washing dishes(standing) or sit because of pain/numbness. The only thing I do is lay on a heating pad with it propped under my back! Oh well so much for my whining. I know there are others of you in much worse situations than I am. I just needed a sympathetic ear or computer monitor to lean on for a few minutes!