I have had low back pain for appx. 4 years. MRI's show DDD L3-S1. March 2009 I had a laminectomy of L3-4 performed by a Neurosurgeon and assisted by a Orthopedic Sergeon. This gave no pain relief. The surgeon thought it was the facet joints and wanted me to have injections and possible ablations performed by a Pain Management doctor. The injections helped in the area above my belt but no help below belt. I have had at least 10 injections targeting the facets L3-5, nerve roots L3-SI. The PM doctor has had me on 5mg oxycodone (4 per day) and Robaxin (3 per day)for the last 8 months while doing the various injections. Still I spend about half my life in pain, grumpy and just dont feel like getting out and about. With each dose of the oxycodone i get about 2-3 hours of relief. Most of the time my pain level ranges from 3-6 and it drive me crazy.
My last 2 visits to the PM doctor I have asked him to increase the medications but he says "No". I don't understand why my pain management doctor will not manage my pain.
I just don't know what to do but this aint much of a life.