Hello, I am new here. Condition below. My PCP has been taking care of me for quite some time, even when I had no ins, and I love her. She will continue to treat me for all my general needs Unfortunately my pain has progresively gotten worse. Due to my pain worsening, and the new legislation in FL, my PCP and I decided that I should go to PM. I decided to go to XXXXXXXX (not throwing anyone under the bus). Well, they reduced my meds, specifically the SOMA which really helps the most when my condition is aggrevated. So, my pain has gotten worse, and meds have gone down. It is partly my fault b/c I didn't say anything when I was there last. I have always been apprehensive about speaking my mind regarding my meds (feel like everyone will think I am a drug seeker). So, my pain has been completely unmanaged. I called the office to ask for a change in script, and to have a Dr. call me back to discuss. I received no call back. 2 days later, I call and the receptionist/nurse tech tell me the Dr. said "absolutely not, 1 a day at bedtime". In a tone I would use to scold my 3yo son. This is why I am reluctant to discuss with dr. in the first place. I asked to have the dr call me to discuss, and said "if he has something he would prefer I take as opposed to Soma, I am open to try it, but this is not working". Here it is Sat, 3 days from my original inquiry, never received a call from Dr, and I have no real releif, the vicodin just does not do it. So, here is the question:
Does anyone have somewhere they would recomment in Tampa, Fl, for spine dr, or PM. Or what do you think would be my best course of action. They want me to do the RF leisioning of the medial branch nerves in my C-spine. But, my whole back hurts. Now I am reluctant do the treatment, after what I feel is poor treatment, and the fact that my back is hurting BAD, from my pelvis to my skull, with a TON of muscular pain around the Cervical. At this point I am lost. I went back to my pcp to have them call in the muscle relaxer for me and was completely honest with them about what happened with the dr. not calling me back about the change in quantity (I have been dealing with this for years, and have never contacted 2 dr.'s for meds) PCP called them in, but pharmacy would not fill, because it was before 30 day and not the PM dr making the change. I am so frustrated that my pain is not being managed because of the legislation caused by all the oxycontin addicts in my state. I have been experiencing more migraine headaches than ever, it always starts as unmanaged cervical pain, and once the headache starts, no amount of meds or ice will stop it. I know I need to find a new Spine doc, ortho doc, or PM doc. Or a combination. But this is new to me, and I already feel like I've been screwed. Please if someone can point me in the right direction, I would greatly appreciate it. Sorry for the long post. Thank you for reading.
Frustrated in Tampa