Went to drs appointment

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   Posted 4/14/2010 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I went to my drs. appointment this afternoon.  I told her that was miserable and she said if it's worse, then maybe i should reconsider the Kyphoplasty that the neurosurgeon offered to do on my back.  I told her that he told me i could be paralyzed from it. 
I am now reconsidering it.  I figure if SE and others can go thru a fusion surgery which i'm sure probably has possibilities ol making you paralyzed?  Does it?  I haven't read up on fusions so I don't know.  A kyphoplasty is where the dr. would go in and put cement in the compression fracture that didn't heal in T-ll and fix it where it would be evened out or something like that.  I'm scared to do it, but I know i'm not ready to be in this  much pain for very long. 
The dr. gave me the same old 5mg of oxycodone that she has always given me.  I asked her about Lidoderm patches and voltaren gel.  She said we would start with the Lidoderm patches, so she called them into my pharmacy.  I called to see if they were filled, and the lady that answered the phone said that medicaid requires that they have an approval number from the dr. before they can fill them, so they called the dr. and it will take an extra day (according to when she calls in with the apppoval number).  That really frustrates me.  They're only Lidoderm patches, not scheduled II or II narcotics or something.  But anyway, I sure do hope they help.
She also referred me to physical therapy which i agreed to.  I'm scared about it, but I figured i would give it a try.  I sure don't have anything to lose at this point.  She also referred me to another pain management dr.  I  have never heard of him, so I hope he takes my insurance and is a good dr.
  I guess my appointment went pretty good.  I just wish she would have upped the oxycodone, but i didn't ask her to.  i was afraid she would say no.  I hope everyone is having a lpn.  I'm still pretty miserable, but I did buy a missaging seat that I can sit on our love seat or a chair and get massage.  I just go done using it, and it felt sooo good.  I just wish I could use it longer than 20 min.  That's the amount of time that it says to use it, and i sure don't want to mess anything else up in my back.
I was also wondering if anyone else has had a compression fracture and got the kyphoplasty done.  My husband and I are going to discuss it and I'm going to research on the internet and see if I can find anyone that has had it done, and had success.  If it just would help the pain it would be worth it.  Well, I guess i'll go for now.  Take care.
Dx:  ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, hypothyroidism, typeII diabetes, asthma, allergies, high blood pressure, polycystic ovary syndrome, PTSD, depression, anxiety

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   Posted 4/14/2010 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Loretta,

I'm glad you were able to see your doctor today - it sounds like there are some options available to you to help with your pain, and that's a good thing. It's too bad you didn't feel confident enough to ask for an increased dosage of your Oxy. All you really need to do is say " I don't think Pill A is working great, can we increase the dosage, or is there something else I should be trying instead". I hope you're able to find the right meds that work for you and bring you comfort.

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   Posted 4/15/2010 6:25 AM (GMT -6)   
(((((((((hugs))))))) I am glad you dr appt went well.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gallbladder removal 3/23/10.
meds: lunesta, prilosec otc,lortab ,reglan,flonase. ibuprofren, zyrtec and benadryl.
Just added today: folic acid supplement  1 mg a day for the next year and also b12 injections increased to once a month. pernicous anemia and  Folic acid anemia.

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   Posted 4/15/2010 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
   Dear Loretta,
       Good morning *hugg* How are you doing this morning? How do you feel about the surgery now that you have had some time to think about it further? I hope you arnt worried too much. I know you have been in alot of pain and the stress of considering back surgery must be tremendous. Though I hate to hear of anyone having to endure through surgeries, in your case, it is needed.
      I am glad you kept us up to date about your appointment. After reading further about the surgery you are considering it is obvious that you really need this surgery as the problem wont go away or improve without the surgical assistance. The technique is intresting to read about, and it stated on wiki pedia that it could be done as an in-patient or out-patient depending on how large the area(s) are that need to be seperated and cemented. I was thinking thou, once you do find a surgeon you are comfortable with, you might want to have it as in-patient if possible. But, that is just my personal opinion.
     I saw you were given only 5mg Oxy again and honestly I don't understand why you wernt given something stronger. Especially now that I understand better what you are going through... Is the 5mg even come close to easing the pain for you? I sure am glad you are being sent to a Pain Management doctor. I really hope he/she will take your needs seriously so you can have some quality of life restored while you are begining the surgical preperation process. I really wish you doctor would help you more til you can get in to see a PM... But! Hopefully the PM can get you seen quickly.
      I am sorry you have to start out your summer worring about surgery. And worse in increadible pain. I do hope you can find a few moments to rest today. Stay strong, you are in our hearts here.



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   Posted 4/15/2010 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Pam, Kimber, and Dani.
I'm scared to have the surgery done because the neurosurgeon that I saw 1 1/2 to 2 months ago said that i could be paralyzed.  I don't know that I'm going to have it done.  I did read about it on three different sites on the web, and it did say one spine universe that being paralyzed is a possibility.  I do know I'm calling to see about getting in to see the PM dr. though.  I really hope that the dr. will prescribe meds and not just push me out of the door so to speak.
The 5mg. of oxycodone doesn't touch my pain.  I'm thinking about calling my PCP and asking her if she will increase my dosage at least until I can see the PM dr. 
I went to pick up the lidoderm patches today and they were not ready.  They told me they had to have an approval number from my dr. because medicaid wouldn't let them fill them without it, which i really don't understand.  So here I am waiting for that.  I'm frustrated because I need something to at least help the pain so it's at least not really bad.  I'm going to call the pharmacy a little later and ask if they've been filled.  If not, I'm going to ask them to call the dr again and i'll probably call too.
How are you doing today?  I hope you're having a low pain day.   ((((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))
Dx:  ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, hypothyroidism, typeII diabetes, asthma, allergies, high blood pressure, polycystic ovary syndrome, PTSD, depression, anxiety

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