Hi everyone. I have been reading a lot of posts and thought I would join and introduce myself. My name is Brent. I have had pretty severe back pain for several years.
This site is great. To know that others out there are coping with what sometimes seems so overwhelming gives me some hope.
I am seeking two things - info on neurostimulators (my doc said we may try one if I don't get relief from my next epidural on Tues of next week), and anyone that can recommend a good pain management doc in So Cal so I can get a second opinion if necessary (I am a little weirded out by the idea of a battery implanted inside of me). I don't know that I will do more than see this doc once for the opinion, but it is nice to have one that could be an option if necessary. I can get a referral from current pain doc if necessary for a single visit for an opinion.
My current doc is good. He is conservative with pain meds & concerned about abuse, but doesn't make you suffer the fires of Hell either. He does let me have some input on my treatment.
Does anyone have a good pain doc in So Cal that they recommend? I look for someone that understands that we shouldn't be made to suffer endless severe pain because they are afraid of the DEA, that having pain is not a crime and that we didn't hurt ourselves on purpose just to get their darn prescriptions, and that will talk with me not at me. If anyone has a recommendation, please post or PM me, whichever is appropriate.
Next I want to know about successes and failures with neurostimulators, and type (are there some that are not implanted?), but I think I can find most of that in old threads, and I am searching them now.
Thanks everybody, and I am so sad to see you here. Chronic severe pain is a lif that sucks at times.
47 YO Male, chronic back pain. Herniated disc L5/S1 2003. Discectomy with partial laminectomy 2004. Now told I have Failed Back Syndrome with discogenic pain.
Oxycontin 40mg every 8 hours, Norco 10mg every 4 hours as needed, Celebrex 200 mg twice a day.
Pain level varies from disturbing to nearly intolerable.