Thank you all for the kind words of welcome. I'm so glad to have found a way to express my true feelings and vent when I need to. And I also am a pretty good and non-judgemental listener myself, so I'm here to offer my shoulder as well. @ Screaming Eagle: Yeah, I agree that my Dr. really should have ordered some diagnostics a long time ago to see where my back pain comes from...but I can't say why she hasn't done that. I like her and I feel comfortable with her, but she certainly isn't aggressive with her treatment and I always feel like I have to ask for a particular test or exploring a problem further. Not a good thing on her part at all and she always seems so super busy. I don't think she is the type to just readily write out script
s for narcotics, as it did take some time before she rx'd me what I'm taking now. We've tried other non-narcotic meds, such as Celebrex, Mobic, Ultram...none have helped, then she started off with a small amount of hydro. I don't have a pain contract, but she has verbally told me to be sure and use one pharmacy, etc. and she never puts refills on my script
s so I have to call her each month. She normally refills in a timely manner though and I have never tried to refill too soon. Here's the thing that I guess worries me about
seeing a PM....since I've never had UAs at my GP doc, I tend to *self-medicate* quite often. I mean, although I am allowed 3 pills a day, on bad pain days I will double up and *play* with the dosages. Yes, I know. That is so wrong. When I do that, I find myself having to do without for a few days and often (and more often than not) coming up short at the end of the 30 day supply. I just tough it out and have never called her early to ask for more. Never. But this has become a habit and I realize that with the PM doc I must follow the script
to a T because I will be tested and pill counts etc. I hope I can do this. Any tips or suggestions that any of you have to help me comply with this, I would love to hear from you.
No, I haven't had PT or an epidural or anything else yet, but I am hoping that's what will happen. I am willing to try anything. This PM doc was highly recommended to me by my brother, as he has the same back problems and gets the injections. So I know this doc does epidural injections, etc. but I'm not sure about writing scripts. My brother just sees him *as needed* and not monthly, so I don't think he is getting meds from him. That's the thing though. I doubt my primary doc will change anything...and yet I am afraid to stop taking the hydros. I also fear she will not renew my scripts since she knows I'm going to PM.
@ Straydog: Yes, the PM office said they would send me a packet of info to fill out so I am expecting that. Also, they do already have my records from my primary doc, as well as my xray and mri reports. Actually, they said they had to review all that before they could even accept me as a patient.
Hi Suzane...nice to meet you. I am in Texas. This heat isn't helping matters much either, as far as my pain goes. I just stay inside in the a/c. Thanks for your warm welcome and I look forward to talking with you more.
@Jim...good point about the doc will probably want to have me try things again. I will keep that in mind and try to be patient.
Again, thanks to you all for welcoming me to the group. Hope you have a calm and low-pain day.