Hi millymilan I am really sorry about the pain you are having, I don't quite understand why they lowered your oxycontin dosage from 20 to 10 bid, when you were still in pain? Was the 20 mg twice a day controlling your pain adequately? You don't get the opportunity to see your pain doctor every time you go for a refill? Maybe I am the exception but every month when I go in for my refill, I have to give a urine sample and then get taken back to an exam room, and the Doctor comes in and asks me if there is anything new going on, any new pain and is my pain being adequately controlled. After that if I do have something for him, we will go over it, and then he will order appropriate test, MRI, maybe epidural injections, x-rays, blood work or a referral to another doctor or surgeon, what ever he feels is necessary. Before he leaves the room he dictates his notes in front of me and then ask me if it is all correct! I go out and pick up my scripts, and if test or referrals are ordered, I have to wait and see the, clerk that does that,. When I leave I have my scripts and any appointments in hand. I go to this spinal pain clinic monthly. The only time I have seen a PA or nurse practicioner was for a follow up after an epidural injection or a test. Heck my spinal pain doctor even gave me a referral to a counselor when I was having marital difficulties and going through the divorce.
From what you have written, it just sounds to me like you are not getting adequate pain management treatment. Has your pain doctor ordered any test or anything? maybe referred you to a surgeon? It just comes off to me from what you have written that you should be getting better care???????? May like SE suggest, it might be time to be looking for a different pain management doctor!
I sure do wish you well and hope that things get better for you!
Moderator Chronic Pain
After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!