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Does anyone else feel like your doctor just doesnt listen?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Pain Medications
I have had a bad back since I was 5. My grandmother flipped her Mustang end over end, with me strapped in with a seat belt. I felt early symptoms when I was 8 or 9 years old, with my neck cracking and a terrible pain when it happened, but it sort of went away during my teens and was ok up until about 10 years ago(when I was 27), when my neck seized up and was stuck to one side with the worst pain in my life. Since then, I two of them bones in my neck(I believe C2 & C5) have been degenerating and are now at about the moderate level.

The problem is, because of my area(and the people in it), doctors are very hesitant to dish out pain medication and even muscle relaxers. Doctors act as if everyone is a pill seeker and nothing ever gets accomplished. I went to a pain management doctor who gave me a Cortisone shot and that shot screwed up the other side of my neck. Now, instead of having pain on one side, I have it on both. It prevents me from sleeping most nights, as I have to constantly sleep on my back to get a restful sleep. Causing me to take Zanaflex and an Antihistamine to fall asleep and stay asleep restfully. Of course, then I wake up and feel like I havent slept because of the after effects of the medication.

All of the doctors around here(Ocean City, MD) have so many patients, that they just dont have time to really treat a patient properly. I explained to the pain management doctor, that if they would just operate and fix the problem, I wouldnt need meds. The problem is, they wont do that until I am(What seems like) basically paralyzed. So I am stuck in a situation where they wont operate and asking for medication makes me feel like a criminal.

Anyone else run into this in their journey?


  • I would say that if you haven't had at least a second opinion done by a neurosurgeon or and ortho spine specialist, then get one.

    It's a shame that you are running into such a hassle with your PM doc, but he should be able to give you a referral and if nothing else go to your GP and get a referral to get a second opinion.

    Don't know anything about your neck of the woods, but many of us travel great distances to be treated by the right docs. Not saying you should have to do that, but saying if it comes down to that, then it may be something to consider.

    Welcome to Spine Health,

  • Thanks. Well, the problem is, the pain management people all know each other here. It seems as if you run into a brick wall no matter where you go. My wife is a Nurse Practitioner(Basically one step under a doctor) and knows almost every doctor here and it is just a tight knit community of doctors who just dont have the time to treat people properly.

    The problem is, I own my own business and work 7 days a week, so it is very difficult to get out of town to see anyone... as much as I would love to. I just feel as if I hit a brick wall and noone wants to help me. Like I said above, the PM doc gave me Cortisone shot and screwed up the other side of my neck. I really dont want to go back to him.

    I feel as if I am running in circles. As many others on this board, I know what works for me. If it was up to me, I'd have surgery to correct the problem. Unfortunately, I cannot get that, so Zanaflex and Percocet seem to be my best friends in all of this. The problem is... Noone will prescribe it for me. Acting as if I am a perpetual drug user. I hate taking pills and noone will recommend surgery.

    It seems if I go outside of my area, I am considered an even larger pill seeking risk. I just dont get it. :)

    In the past 12 months, I have been prescribed Zanaflex once, in which I only used 1 of my 3 refills and Percocet once in November.

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  • problem with a pain consultant over here in the UK {unable to mention name and hospital} but this person treated me like a junkie from the first second that he met me and my wife {we are both well presented people intelligent and articulate} he took an instant dislike to me and told me that i did not have any pain and all i wanted was to get high!! after a heated debate i told him where to go and when to see my doctor ..since that episode the person at the hospital is no longer working there and i have had another major operation and get pain killer with no problem as my own doctor now deals with me pain killers
  • Going into any doctor's office and requesting prescriptions for a particular medication or combination of medications up front is going to get you automatically looked at twice.
    Many PM offices have policies that they will not prescribed medications without referrals from a surgeon/GP, or waiting until they get your records from another doctor's office first, or until they have MRI/CT scan films and reports from any other testing done before they will consider prescribing medications.
    Your best bet is to go to those first visits, fully prepared to do what they suggest, although if the first injection at the previous doctor's office made the problems worse, then tell him/her that. Only discuss medications when asked what you have taken previously, and how it has or has not worked for you.
    Ask him/ her what they would recommend to ease the pain. See what they tell you. And be prepared to be patient and work with the doctor. It does take time to get the proper medications, dosages and to establish a relationship of trust and respect between you and the new PM.
    Unless you need a referral from your GP, you can make an appointment for a consultation with an ortho or neuro spinal surgeon to see what they have to say. there is no reason to have to wait, if you truly feel that surgery may be a better option than using pain medications.
  • Thanks for the info Sandi. The thing is, my GP knows of the problem, has all of my prior xrays, etc... The PM doc seems more concerned about my wife than he does my neck. Talking with him does very little as he only believes in the injections. He also does drug rehabilitation which doesnt help my situation as I guess he looks at everyone as a pill seeker.

    I guess I am just going to go back to my original GP. He, at the very least, listened to me and discussed options. If I have to go with meds, I want something that is extended release as I hate taking pills and dont want to take more than 1 a day.

    It is just a huge issue that someone who has the medical history to back up their claims(especially X-rays, etc.) has to jump through hoops in order to get something accomplished.
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  • We've all been there, I was turned down for help of any kind surgery or otherwise multiple times. Had they not turned me down, my problem wouldn't have gotten this bad.
  • We've all been there, I was turned down for help of any kind surgery or otherwise multiple times. Had they not turned me down, my problem wouldn't have gotten this bad.
  • in your 1st post you mentioned the dr dishing out the meds, lol...??? idk. i never met a dr who "dishes out the meds.???
    your treatment is depemdant on letting your dr be the dr, and you the patient, im sure your dr knows whats best for YOU!
    i hope you get the help you need.
  • tenesseejed said:
    in your 1st post you mentioned the dr dishing out the meds, lol...??? idk. i never met a dr who "dishes out the meds.???
    your treatment is depemdant on letting your dr be the dr, and you the patient, im sure your dr knows whats best for YOU!
    i hope you get the help you need.

    You took what I said in the wrong way. I truly meant prescribe, not just rolling them out to whomever comes in. :) lol
  • It sure is a shame that this is going on because of certain people who abuse the system. And it make things harder on us with chronic pain.

    I thinks it's a good idea of yours to go see your old GP; enlist him as your advocate because he knows you best. Maybe he will be willing to manage your chronic pain- this is common due to some pain specialists not prescribing narcotics anymore.

    I am so grateful to get the help that I need from my pain specialist and surgeon. They know me very well and the trust and respect have been reciprocal. I hope things work out between you and any doctor you wind up with, and that you get the treatment you need. Take care
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