So I saw my pain doctor after getting all 3 injections, and none of them really helped much. I really like my pain doctor, but I am starting to think perhaps that even he doesn't really understand the full extent of the pain I'm in.
He wrote me a prescript
ion for Tramadol, said I was welcome to come back if I felt something else would help me there--like another injection later on. He said, otherwise, my PCP can just keep me up on the Tramadol if I want them to. He also said that he was going to refer me back to the neurosurgeon that referred me to him.
The thing that is confusing to me is that he also said that I was not a candidate for surgery, no questions in his opinion. Obviously, he isn't the neurosurgeon but it concerns me. If I can't get surgery, and my pain doctor acts like he doesn't really have any more resources that I could benefit from...what the heck am I supposed to do?
I mean, hopefully the Tramadol he prescribed helps but if not what exactly am I supposed to do? Maybe I can ask the Neurosurgeon that.
--Edit-- Also, does anyone have any experience with Tramadol? I'm not quite sure what to expect. He told me to go ahead and take it 'when I feel pain'. Which made no real sense to me, because, well, I am always in pain. It isn't like sometimes I feel really good and then it hits me. Its constant, gnawing, drilling pain. So by what he said, I would end up taking it every time the medicine wore off basically. lol! (I always follow the directions on the bottle, I am just saying that I am not sure why he said what he did.)
Post Edited (misterkatamari) : 7/19/2011 9:47:07 AM (GMT-6)