Hello. My name is Greg and I have a history of left leg radiculopathy
secondary to failed back syndrome. I had surgery, L5-S1 laminectomy, in the
Fall of 2000 and have had leg pain since. My medical history is well
documented and I would describe my pain as a burning and aching sensation
with lots of electrical shocks shooting down my leg. I am also plaugued by leg
cramps especially at night. I do have some lower back pain, but the leg pain is
my primary compaint.
After my surgery I started at rehabilitation clinics, physical therapists, and
physiatrists all to no avail. After seeking treatment and relief for the next four
months I finally was referred to a Pain Management Clinic by my primary
care physician. I started with an epidural back injection which turned out to
be unsuccessful. Eventually I was prescribed opiates to manage my pain. This
continued with good results until I was forced to move out of my home state
of Massachusetts. Here I am in October 2007 and now live in the state
Maine. I have been trying to find a qualified Pain Management Physician that
will not restrict my treatmet options to having ONLY epidural back
injections, of which I can count nine (9) unsucessful procedures to date from
six different doctors. At the present time I have been struggling to find a
Maine doctor that will treat me with the compassion that I believe I deserve.
Does anyone here have any information that might help my cause?