Posted 8/28/2008 3:07 PM (GMT -7)
I really wish I had more information to give you. I have found that in the past few years many "pain management" places are backing away from giving out pain medication. Most of them are doing it out of fear, and problems, that come with dispensing narcotic medications. The pain clinic that I visit lets it be known that they are very strict with the rules about giving out narcotic scripts, and are very careful about who they give them too. My pain clinic has to pay quite a bit extra just to dispense the narcotic medications. Everything from the clinical extra time to make sure all the t's are crossed and i's dotted. Then they have to pay a higher premium on their insurance as well, due to the narcotic scripts. They also get watched under a microscope.
The thing is, I got lucky, after three or four pain doctors here I finally found one that worked for me. I hit a group that only did the "holistic" type of therapy, and told me I was too young to be on narcotics. They suggested more physical therapy - after having done years of it with nothing gained but debt, and more shots. I've gone to a doctor that would prescribe valium (I think it was) and that's it for pain, and only did shots - after four rounds of twenty plus trigger point injections each I told him it wasn't working, and he "agreed" he couldn't help me. (He would have also continued to take my money for the injections if I hadn't said it was enough). Then a few other random problem doc's and finally a place that works.
I really don't know what to tell you, other than to not give up. I may take more than 50 miles to get a good pain doctor. It's a hour and a half drive for me at 75mph to get to my pain doctor. I'm lucky that hubby works that way and I set my appointments so that he can drive me home afterwards - as I barely manage to get there in one piece from sitting and driving that long. You may have to look farther out to find a doctor, and you may need to ask around. Call your insurance, call your primary doctor, and call any and everyone you find on a google search dealing with pain in your area.
I know how tempting getting pain medication illegally might be, with the pain. Just remember it is not worth it - the consequences should you get the medication just don't even out. If someone finds out you got them from somewhere other than a legit doctor it will get you labeled as a drug seeker. It can land you in jail, and really hurt your family. Also if gotten illegally I would hate to think of what you might be getting in what you thought was pain medication. When you do find a pain management place - if they drug test you, you'll find yourself without a pain management place very quickly. Everything from getting a job, to getting help for other medical problems can be jeapordized by finding pain medication yourself. It just wouldn't be worth it.
As far as taking too many NSAID's I hope you are on at least something to protect your stomach. It can lead to ulcers, cancer and all sorts of funny problems if you take too much, or take it for too long. Also - if the NSAID's are helping at all injections are not a bad idea. If the Nsaid's help it means there is an inflammation issue somewhere contributing to your pain. If it's an inflammation issue it means that physical therapy, injections, stretching, and getting the inflammation out will help alleviate the pain, which means if you find a doctor that can figure out why the nsaids are helping, you may find yourself not needing the pain medication.
I wish you the best of luck,
"When we come to the edge of the light we know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, of one thing we can be sure; either God will provide something solid to stand on... or we will be taught to fly.'"
Dx: Degenerative Disc Disease, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, IBS-d, Ruptured & Fused L4-L5-S1, Bulging/Ruptured L3-L4, Sciatica, Neuropathy, Costochondritis, Reflux, Gastric Bypass Surgery 12/6/07
Rx: Kadian 50mg - every 12 hours, Percocet 5/325 - up to 4 daily, Baclofen 10mg - 3 daily, Amitriptylene 200mg - at bedtime, Prevacid Solutabs - 1 daily, various vitamins.