About ten months ago I started getting sever back pain again. I have had 3 back fusions. Stopped working and finaly went to see my DR. She sent me to a neurologist he did the same old test like ten years ago when I had all the surgeries. ct scans ect. he put me on tramadol and a drug they used to give for siezures. didn't improve still couldn.t sleep more then a couple hours, life sucked. Test came back bulging disk abouve first fusion L1 L2 and all disk bulging in between second fusion L4 L5 and bulging disk below with arthritis in my back. The neurologist says there isn't much I can do for you except try the epidural shots. Ok so I go back to my Dr. and said whats going on here still can.t sleep, still can.t work. So she gives me 60 vicodone and wants me to see a rheumatologist great after months of suffering some relief. the vicodone helped some but not a whole lot I could at least sleep 4 hours a night.
Went to see rheumatologist he looked at the test took some more exrays said yes arthritis in my back and hips asked my what I was on and I told him vicodone but that it wasn't helping much he said I can help with that gave me perocet 10/325. 2 a day It help pretty good not perfect but ok it helped. He then sent me to a pain management specailist for the epidural shots. Met with the Dr. the next day they had me in for the first shot about a week and a half later felt good not perfect but good. Mean time kept up with the percocet second month on them. Ok between the shots and meds life is getting better went for second shot. Now things change, feeling good for a couple days figure ok great start having a life again start cleaning the house, doing dishes, laundry and cutting the grass. Opps stop Now things change back to square one pain level is back to a 7 can't sleep ect.WOW mean while have about 3 days left of second month of percocet. So I call the Pain management clinic first day no call back, so I go see the rheumatologist tell him he says well your seing the pain Dr. you have to get you pain meds from him. OK. So the second day I call the pain clinic and by 3:00 pm no call back so I call back and he has left for the day now I am hurting pretty good still trying to keep up with the house work and sleeping about four hours a night again. The nurse says I'll see to it my self tomarrow that he gets your message. OK tomarrow comes and she calls me and says you'll have to be seen to get your pain medication. Great when can I come in. She says our patients have to make their appoitments a month in advance for there pain meds. Now this is getting just plain ridiculous. after telling her look I am out and I hurt she says ok I squeeze you in on friday. So here I am I went to bed at ten woke at 1:27 and I want to scream pain level is a good 8 and it's Wednsday night. It.s funny how it took one day to get an appointment for the epidural but should take a month for a appointment to get pain medication .