I had a discectomy on April 15th. I am now 6 weeks out and in severe pain. Is this normal? I hate to admit it, but I am a 25 year old guy and I cried until I. Fell asleep last night. Not because the pain was that excrutiating, but the despair of still having constant pain. I haven't been able to do very much for months, I can hardly help out around the house, and usually the things I do tend to.cause flareups.. (I waited several months before surgery attempting conservative therapies).
My surgeon seems impossible to get ahold of. Other than my 2 week postop appointment that was grossly concise mixed with an hour or two of painful waiting and a totally unnecessary xray . I have spoken to several medical assistants who constantly tell me inflammation, normal, inflammation etc... They also want me to stop taking pain killers. (5-6 months of Norco 5-7.5, 3 weeks of 5mg Percocet and now gave me 60 10mg Norco to "wean off" two weeks ago.)
I need to call them today. My next appointment is not until June 17th. I feel like I am being not being taken seriously, I don't know how to just say I need a new MRI and actually SEE someone. I am out of pain killers later this week,, but I am afraid to even mention that to them! I don't know how to talk to these people anymore. It seems like everyone I talk to there is desensitized and just doesnt care.