Welcome to the boards....Sorry to hear about
your pain issues..
It's very surprising that they denied you medical care in between posts. What about
getting a MRI in the base hospital now?
I come from a very large military family and they have all had great medical care when needed here in the states and overseas. My nephew was born in Italy:) But my brother was also stationed a year a long time ago in Korea.
(Yes...they have much room for improvement, especially with PTSD issues)...
Anyway...I also want to caution you that you say your DR. reluctantly prescribed you ONE Tramadol a day....
Is it written on your prescript
ion that you can take up to 4 a day? If not...this can cause great issues with running out early, causing withdrawal if you take a lot one day and then none another...As well as if they do a drug test on you or a prescript
ion bottle count....you won't have the correct amount of medication and this can get you released from care immediately. That would leave you with no medicine and a red flag on your records...
So...just trying to help that it takes time working with Drs. to get the appropriate tests, procedures, and amount of medicine prescribed by them...That you should always call them and let them know the one a day is not working well and not take it into your own hands.
Also, once the MRI is done...they will be able to see if you need injections or possible surgery....as well as the appropriate PT that will help and not cause more pain.
Dealing with chronic pain is all about
building blocks...never just one pain pill...
In addition to what I mentioned, there are muscle relaxers, nerve pain meds, TENS unit, and many other modalities...
I know patience is hard when we are hurting...but unless it is emergent to warrant immediate ER attention...Drs have to work through any/all options to help see what works with us...
Hope you come back to update us soon..
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha"))
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006