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SCARED please read first time seeing a pain doctor

Hello and thank you for reading i am a 27 year old male who has had 3 lamenectomys and 3 desectomys and the most reacent surgerie was a fusion im scared because im in constant pain my wife has to help me in the morning get dressed from the waist down im am in so much pain my doctor said she can no longer keep mt comfortable i take 180 ultram 120 7.5norcos and 90 10mg valium the ulram does nothing the norco hurts my stomach and the valium works i have did PT and OT along with steroid injections and facet blocks im scared because im in so much pain i dont know if they will give me anything because of my age please help i dont know what to do will they help my first appt with the pain doctor is on Wed i just want to be pain free please anything will help what should i expect my family doctor gave me just enougjh medicine to make it to my appt so scared about going because of my age will they look down on me if i tell them the norcos hurt my stomach will they give me an extended realease medicine that dont have tylonol PLEASE AGAIN ANYTHING WILL HELP please excuse the spelling i have a bit of a learning disability thanks again
justin d


  • I am very sorry to hear about how much pain you are in.

    How long ago was your fusion surgery?
    It can take quite a long time before we feel the benefit of spine surgery.

    I am sure that you have been referred to the pain doctor to get your pain under control.
    As it is your first appointment with them, they will want a lot of information from you about the pain you are in.
    Before you appointment on Wednesday, I suggest that you think about and write down your history of pain and surgeries. Record the pain tablets that you are taking and their strengths and how often you take them.
    Also make a note of other tablets that you have used and if they worked for you.
    Have you ever had tablets to protect your stomach?

    Try not to fear this appointment, but think of it as a step towards getting help.
    Be open and honest with the doctor.

    I hope it goes well for you and please do come back and let us know how you get on. :-)

  • devriesj1ddevriesj1 Posts: 20
    edited 07/22/2013 - 1:11 PM
    i take ultram 50mg 1 to 2 tabs every 4 to 6 hours and the same with norco and valium it just doent help im just scared they are going to try and give me something like oxy cotin its scares me because i have seen so many people become addicted to stronger meds what would be a good med to replace the norco the tylonol killing my stomach thank you for replying so fast im just scared and do not know what to do.
    justin d
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  • This is the scaryiest pain I have ever had. I fought for years not to get addicted to opiates but in the end that was the only thing that worked when they combined them with muscle relaxants.

    Take someone with you when you go to the pain Dr, to explain how much pain you are in. When you are in pain it's hard to explain yourself.

    Usually pain doctors are not scary if they are good. I always understated my pain so don't do that. After years of incessant pain and changing painkillers - used to fill the gaps with over the counter medicine as they did not give me anything for pain flares but some of these are really bad for your liver if you take them continually.

    When you are in that much pain, opiates won't take all the pain away they just take the edge off so you can cope. Don't try and tough it out like I did. In years of unnecessary pain that I didn't have to be in. I take oxycontin combined with Rivotril - the Rivotril is a muscle relaxant but my muscles still spasm. I also take something for sleep. Without any sleep your body can't heal.

    If he prescibes opiates ask them for a muscle relaxant as well, as your muscles continually spasm round the pain site. Don't worry about taking opiate medications as these are the safest for the rest of your body, they are a natural painkiller and as they are pure they do not do the damage to your other organs like other strong painkillers.

    Write something on spine health saying how much pain you are in and describe the pain. Then take this to the pain DR and ask him to read it. That helped me so much as I didn't have to go through long explanations again. My specialist just read what I had posted on SH. Have you kept a pain diary and know what makes it worse?

    Please don't be scared of taking opiates - they are the safest drug - some Drs are reluctant to give them to you as they are addictive, but safe. You will have to get off them sometime, but it is worth it if you want any quality of life.

    The main points are - take someone with you (preferably your wife as she lives with you), write something down on SH to explain how much pain you are in and give that to the Dr, don't be scared of taking opiates as they don't make you high when you are in pain - they just take the edge off.

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