Well I think going to a Pain Clinic is just the thing for you to do! They will evaluate you, and most pain doctors have a whole bag full of tricks they can use to treat your pain! How exactly they will treat yours, well who knows, it all depends on what the Doctor thinks is needed, and usually they will start off rather conservatively and then over a period of time change or increase dosages or meds, or treatment, till they get your pain under control. Usually you will find relief after just the first visit, but that is not always the case, but going to a pain clinic means that your pain will be monitored, and hopefully it will be relieved! I know I have to go monthly, for prescription refill, every month I have to give a urine sample, as they monitor your pain med usage, at first I was insulted by having to do this, as I do not use or abuse drugs. But then I found out that some people say they are having pain and they get prescribed pain meds, but when they come in their unine screening shows they are not using the meds, so what are they doing with them, I know on individual came in ranting and raving because the Doctor would not give him any more pain meds, well after he had made such a scene in front of every one in the waiting room, the Doctor told him that he did not need the pain meds, because the last two months, his urine was completely clear of any of them, so if he wasn't using them, then he did not need them! When the Doctor asked him whatr he was doing with them, the guy quickly left the clinic! Now not all clinics are so strict as the one that I go to, but my pain doctor also does Epidural Spinal Injections, and nerve blocks and a host of different things, besides prescribing pain meds. It all depends on what is needed by the patient, my Pain Doc also orders test, of all kind to find out what is causing a patients pain, so he can better treat it! Every time I go in my Doctor asks me how I am doing , and if I have any problems, heck just this past Thursday, when I went to my scheduled appointment, I told him about some problems I was having with pain in my right hip and leg and lower back, and he checked me out and order a bunch of X-Rays and blood work and an MRI of my lumbar spine and then a follow-up appointment the 24th to go over all the results with me! A good pain Doctor really cares about you and takes care of you and your pain! I think I have one of the best! Anyway I really think this is going to be a step in the right direction for you mtgman to finally get your pain under control! I do wish you the best!
Good Luck to you, and I hope that you will come around here more often we have a really GREAT group of people here on this forum!