Do you think that the problem with badly executed tapering is because doctors don't teach or guide their patients properly because they either don't know how to do it properly or don't want to be bothered with it, or is the problem patients who don't listen or don't go back to their doctors for fear of being seen as addicted or being labeled as such?
I wonder sometimes, which one is the bigger problem. My PM has me tapering off baclofen. He gave me a well planned taper, written instructions in case there were any problems, and of course I know the office phone number.
I feel for those who are tapering on their own , whether it is because of fear of being labeled as something they aren't , but wonder why they are fearful of talking to their doctors about a tapering plan.
I view my PM as my partner in my pain management, so I am not afraid to discuss these things with him , and he is very open with me. I just wonder why it is so often we read about people who either have doctors who won't call a patient back or won't give them a taper plan. And then the opposite scenario, where the patient either won't tell the doctor they are tapering or plan to.......it boggles me.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.