Pain doc has me on 900 mg of Neurontin daily (1 capsule 3X a day...any more of that and I can't think normally) and diclofenac 2X daily. The combination has reduced my pain by 30-40%, not great, but tolerable--barely. Since Saturday night, I have been having intense pain, sharp and stabbing in the lower area and around the L5-S1, as well as wicked radiculopathy. I called the pain mgmt doc this morning and left a message for the triage nurse. She leaves me a message back and says the doc is gone until next Monday, and they'd be happy to help me then. WTF? I called her back, and of course got her voicemail, left a message stating that I was in a lot of pain, like a 7 or 8 on the scale. No call back.
Not knowing what else to do, I called my orthopaedic doc's triage nurse and left them a message. I don't want to go to a walk-in clinic or someplace like that b/c I know it looks like I'm some drug-seeker, and that is NOT the case. I have to be able to go to work and take care of my kids, and if my back hurts like this, I CAN'T.
What else should I do? Any ideas? I feel quite hung out to dry by my pain doc...I mean, there are five other doctors in the practice, and not ONE of them is covering for the guy?
Am I overreacting?
Thanks...gonna go try heat now that I've tried ice...this sucks....