I have not posted in a while and I read that at least a few have wondered where everyone has gone to so I thought I would start a new post.
I have finally got approval for a consultation visit with a pain doc. It has taken a few weeks because I had to get a referral and approval from the insurance. Then the pain docs wanted my md to fax over my info so they could decide whether or not they wanted me as a patient. I felt like I was applying for Harvard or something.
Anyway, as soon as my phone tag game is over with the appointment scheduler I can find out exactly what my options are. I don't know what I want to do. All I know is that I want the pain gone.
Just a reminder of my condition; I have had back pain for 4 years which has worsened over the last 6 months. I finally got an MRI which showed 2 ruptured discs (herniated discs with posterior tears) at S1-L5 & L5-L4, along with facet joint arthritis at 3 of the verterbral joints, and central canal stenosis at L5.
All of this provides me with severe pain in the lower back, tailbone, groin, and both legs. I am currently on Norco, Elavil, Neurontin, and Mobic. My doctor has also prescribed me Cymbalta, but I need authorization from my insurance first.
These meds seem to be working, but I depend on them greatly and the Norco only lasts about 2 hours. I don't know what the pain doc will say. I just hope he has some good ideas.