Hello one and all,
As the rest of you, I am turning to HW for support and maybe ideas.
I have been a member awhile, but come and go. I have great pain in both legs that happened to occur right after I pulled my back. I have never been diagnosed, except with osteo-arthritis.
My lumbar mri does show moderate stenosis, bulging disks(I think everyone) and ddd.
Every doctor has said, the mri does not reflect the pain I am in. It will be 3 years. I will have periods that it calms down and I am thrilled. I was able to get away with taking ultram and not squarming all day with leg pains. Now I am back to squarming and more pain.
My doctor has not been helpful. It was others who told me about EMGs, so I asked for one. I have been the one asking for tests, he is a blank slate but since I wasn't too bad, dealt with him.
I asked for something stronger than ultram for pain and he gave me hydromorphine, which was prescribed by another doctor but gave me only 1 a day. I went back and asked for 2 and he said no, I would only want more and more. I told him that it wasn't that I was taking the one and it was working and I need more, the one was never enough. My husband was the one who forced me to take 2 just to get out of the pain. After that I tried taking 1 in the am and 1/2 later. He wouldn't go for that and gave me morphine sulfate er. He didn't tell me the side effects. Well, I took it and freaked out. My pulse was racing, I was dizzy, nauceous, headachy and scared!! My husband got a hold of him and all he said was that it was "normal"!!! To keep taking it!! After that experience I didn't want to go through with that. I called his office. He is only there 2xs a week, which I know is bad. I left 2 messages for his assistant and NEVER got a call back. I said I needed something else for the pain.
I can't believe that this is how we are treated. None of us want this pain! I HATE pills! I was an exercise nut for years, now I feel housebound and useless and can't even get help.
The ultram barely does a thing when you have a lot of pain. I had tried percocet in the past and it made me sick after awhile, that's why I figured if the hydromorphone didn't, let me have some to deal with this.
I don't know what to do, besides changing doctors, that is such a hassle and the thought you may get someone even worse is scary.
I just want something now that will allow me to function in the day, not lay round, which is what I feel like doing because I'm hurting.
Has anyone tried morphine sulfate er? I didn't think my request for 2 pills a day was so wild and am so surprised he said no, meanwhile he had given my husband 3 a day for fibro.
We are a mess. I know we all can tolerate different drugs and I've been told not to ask for anything specific, but that doesn't work with him--what he gave me, and never warned me about or followed up with, really scared me. So I am asking is there any known pain killer that is more helpful and tolerable than others?
Thanks for listening. I am so fed up right now. Having 2 people in your house not well is difficult and we are doing the best we can.
Thanks for listening.