I haven't been around for a while, largely due to a string of 'puter problems, which I won't even bore you with now. The quick update is that my chronic migraines have been out of control, the drug companies and insurance companies are red-tape nightmares, my chronic bad back is raging, and two weeks ago, I totalled my SUV, breaking my arm in two places, trying to avoid hitting Bambi. Needless to say, I should have taken out the darn deer!!!
Because I live in a relatively suburban area, I have to travel to 1.5 to 2.5 hours to see specialists for both my migraines and my back problems&pain mgmt. My local PCP must write my pain med prescriptions, as my specialists require him to do so. Regardless of what problems I am having, I have been limited to #30-5/500 Lortab every 10 days and 50 Ultram every 2 months. I have been at the same level for several years now, so the efficacy now is dwindling, and my quality of life has continued to slide as my tolerance for the meds has increased.
Last week, I went in for a bi-lateral lumbar facet joint denervation. I've been trying to get this procedure done since October, but the Pain mgmt Drs have been giving me the run-around. The center is in a "teaching" hospital, so it's very hard to keep a good continuity of care. My back was so painful by last week, they had to stop 1/3 way thru the procedure, which involves inserting needles into the lumbar facet joints in the spine, then using electric current to burn off the nerve-endings. The procedure was so painful this time, I almost blacked-out, which has never happened before. They don't give you any kind of medication to calm your nerves, much less to make the procedure less painful. It hurts so much more now because they made me wait so long to get the procedure done. On the way out, the nurse looked over my regular med list and suggested that I take certain meds in their waiting room "to relax me". WHAT A JOKE! Do these people not realize that my system is used to my normal meds? If "they" took my meds, they might feel something, but I don't feel squat. I take my meds just to feel normal. "THEY" are the "PROFESSIONAL" ones...who had the medical training, should I really have to explain this concept to them? AAAARRRGGGHHHH!!!! Am I being unreasonable? How much pain is a person supposed to take?