Howdy everyone, hope you're having a decent night.
I just saw my Pain doctor today--finally--and I came away sort of hopeful, but also kind of reserved. He said he wants to try a facet join injection, since the injection into my L1-L2 disc didn't seem to help me. He also told me that he would be really careful with getting any kind of surgery, because it can often end up hurting more than helping. I'm fine with both those things. Getting the facet join injection can't hurt, and even if it isnt the cause of my severe pain--I am almost certain that I have chronic pain associated with it in some form. So it's worth a shot.
The only issue I have is that I sort of feel like my doctor kind of...doesn't get how bad I hurt. I mean, I was really hurting today and I didn't really realize how much until the nurse asked me if I usually shake my leg so much. (I jiggle my right leg when I'm nervous, but today I was really going at it. lol!)
Anyhow, my doctor is super nice and very informative, but like I said I sorta feel like there is a slight disconnect. He told me that he didn't think changing medications would help my pain, which I sorta don't understand because when I told him how my Tramadol doesn't really help that much he said "Well yes, it is definitely a mild pain reliever for sure," so how would trying something else not help? I de-emphasized narcotics before when I told him that the low dosage of Hydrocodone wasn't helping me much, so maybe now he is thinking "Well good for him, we should keep him off the narcotics." (Even though Tramadol sorta is one. )
He then asked if I was going to school, and when I told him that I wasn't I added about
how I am applying for disability. I said Social Security, and he sort of went all wide eyed and was like, "Disability??" So, that seemed weird to me. My other doctors have been super helpful with all this, but I sort of got the vibe that he thought I was crazy for applying for disability--which makes me think he isn't really taking this seriously enough. It's been a year and I feel like crap. I'm willing to try other medications, and if I can't get surgery I really need to try something else. Ugh.
But I'm hopeful the facet injection helps even just a lil.