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   Posted 7/15/2008 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Can anyone say Sick and Tired of being Sick and Tired?? devil Here we go again with the X-rays and other goodies that make a person sick of seeing X-ray machines and CT scan machines! Today I got to see my doctor for a whole 15 minutes (whoopie!!) and since my Kadian is doing well in relieving my pain, but my Percocet is not helping with the BT pain we are going in for another Mylogram! Yikes how I hate these tests! The constant poking and prodding...needles and machines are driving me insane!!

So doc wants to do a Mylogram to see if he can pinpoint my pain, ok.....why did they not do this 5 years ago?? Funny thing is I do so hope they find something to explain my pain but yet.....I don't. Now why would I feel this way?? I mean geez I have been going through this for the last 8 years you would think that I would find it a blessing if the doc found something that would explain the pain that I have been going through. Anyone else going through these feelings?

Secondly doc put me on Robaxin for the muscle spasms that are making my poor little back cramp with pain. I've been on Sklaxia (spelling), Soma, Flexeral and Zanaflex. Doc says that most on the Zanaflex have to have their livers tested once a year if they are on it for long periods of time, it would seem that the drug has a tendency of liver damage when used long term. So I am happy that he is taking me off of it. So we will try the Robaxin and if that doesn't do the trick he is going to put me on Valum for the muscle pain.

Ok, so the reason why he wants to do the that he can see if there is a nerve being pinched or maybe there is a new herniation that is going on. Anyway if there is no reason for the pain, it would seem that my PS is going to recommend me for the Stimulator or the Pain pump. Which will be a fight to the finish with WC of good ole Wyoming, as they see the Stimulator as unresponsive and expensive to use. They would more likely go with the pain pump then the stimulator. But here is the rub....why if both procedures so evasive that the pain pump better in their minds then that of a stimulator???

Oh well, now that I've totally gone on a pity party and done my rant, I shall turn it over to you all for responses. Let ya'll know how things go, not looking forward to the Mylo...been there...done that.....not interested in repeating the pain of that test, the saying goes, if its broke fix it right???

Hehe had to put that one in cause hubby is a John Deere Manager and deals with "if its broke duct tape" it all the time.

tom inpain
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   Posted 7/15/2008 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sick and Tired: Yes, I am always tired of being sick and tired. Right now I have five prescriptions for one test or another and I have had them for weeks and I simply do not want to be messed with when is enough-- enough ?? Seems like Insurance Companies all over the USA leave all of us at their mercy . Everytime I read or hear about the problems that Insurance companies cause my blood boils so I have to let go and stop or I'll be up all night " again" . Take care and thanks for sharing. Tom
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   Posted 7/15/2008 11:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I too get so frustrated with insurance companies. They cause much of their own grief. should not be 'for profit' businesses. That's where the problem lies. Plus...HMOs are a fraud. They claim to be a cooperative and the patients are supposed to feel good about that. Cooperatives return money to the members. Only problem is that they are a cooperative of doctors who take all of the profits and patients get no breaks at all...except often bad service. My parents had horrid experiences with them.

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   Posted 7/16/2008 12:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Be careful of long term valium. It tends to make one depressed.

I have been where you are and My story resulted in surgery and a year of physical therapy to get out of pain. I hope your myelogram is successful and not too painful. Geesh, I wouldn't go through another. Had two, that's my limit.

God's blessings.

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   Posted 7/16/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
This will be my second Mylogram and painful they usually are, but I would be so tickled as well as ticked off if they actually found something to explain the pain.

Tom....thanks for the post I've been closely watching yours, what you are going through I have been there and it is horrible to think that you are in so much pain and cannot get relief. Mine once was that way until the doc's hacked on my back and made the pain permanent.

Unfortunately with my back pain I have to deal with Workers Compensation instead of an HMO, but I do understand that insurance companies are about the same to deal with. Last year WC decided that maybe we ought to try a pain management clinic, but since they did not follow through with their plans and left me hanging with nothing to do but swallow my medication and deal with it, this is what I am doing. I am on this one pill for sleep--Lunista and I hate the bitter taste it leaves in my mouth.

Linda....we are trying the Rabaxin first, so I am hoping I do not have to go with the Valium at all.
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