I had shoulder surgery in November. I was slowly getting off the pain meds, but in Dec, I had a seizure and retore my labrum and the repairs they did during surgery. Since, I have been having dislocations and subluxations and I am in a lot of pain, every day.
My doctor says he only gives pain meds up to three months Post Op, so he just gave me 15, 5mg Hydrocodone( 5 mg is almost like drinking a glass of water and taking an asprin), and that will be the last script. My pain stays around a 6 and gets to a 8 or so often.
Honestly, I don't understand why this is not concidered a new injury. If after surgery, the repair was fixed, and I was healing, and after a seperate insident the labrum is now torn and my MRI is worse than before surgery, why isn't this concidered new. Even my PT thinks it is a new injury and that my pain is not being maganaged well at all.
He has been really hesitant from the beginning treating my pain. I was only on 5mg of percect after surrgery and my tollerance is HUGE. He even said, "yeah I could tell in recovery pain meds didn't effect you much, but I just won't write anything stronger, sorry." I asked the doctor for a refill just 2 months post op and all he said was "You'll get hooked on that stuff Miss. Angela". When I have to be sedated to relocate my shoulder it takes enough meds to put a horse down just to get me sleepy, and it is clearly documented that my body is very tolerant to pain meds. It seems like doctors are so scared to treat paitents for pain. Its not like they can't see the damage on my MRI and I'm just wanting more pills for the thrill or something. Its obvious in x-ray, MRI and all that something is really wrong and it hurts.
I don't feel like it is fair to not treat the pain simply because its been 3 months since surgery. Also, no other ortho's will see me until I am at least 6 months post op, so I have no options. I don't know what to do.
27 years old
Dx's: Depression/anxiety, Non-Epileptic Seizures, Migraines, repeat joint dis
locations, suppressed immune system
14 Major surgeries
Meds: Cymbalta, Vyvanse, Valium, Trazadone, Ambien, Loratab