Hello everyone! Just registered and looking so forward to these ideas suggestions, etc...
I injured my back in 2004 and in no time found myself at an orthopedic specialty. The doctor was never able to help and referred me to PM. I was immediately given an MRI and nothing was found. The doctor was very determined to help and tried another MRI thinking the problem was just missed or bad resolution. 2nd MRI nothing found. I felt so defeated but he assured we would find it and I began taking hydrocodone w/ ibuprofen twice a day. I miss those days.
He did a disco gram on me and found a rather serious L4 L5 annular tear, showing where he was injecting the dye on one side of my disc it it just running right out the other side. I was so upset. What now? Well it's been 10 yrs and I've been prescribed hydros, percocets, they tried opana, morphine, hydromorphone, even a couple more I can't remember before finally prescribing methadone. The day after prescribing methadone to me was the first time since my injury I was pain free. I stayed on methadone, worked daily, just operated as I did before I injured myself. Zoom to the present---
I began getting "weird" vibes on my appointment days. I guess I was supposed to be miserable and in pain but meds worked, life was good. They asked for me to go have an EKG, no problem, did it, sent it over and all normal... 6months later, same request and my follow up was good, I even asked how the EKG looked, "great" they said.
Then my doctor transferred. My next appointment, I got attitude from a physician asst telling me that they were just at a loss with me and she was thinking my last option was a high risk referral. I assumed it meant something related to my condition and should have questioned but didn't. She was implying that I was abusing. How? I take it as prescribed. Always have!!
My next appt.... We are taking you off of methadone (50) mgs a day and putting u on OxyContin 20mg 2x a day. When I asked why they said there was an issue with my Q-T interval. Never showed me. I have since missed 3 days of work. Pain was so severe I called and they said, ok take 2 20's 2x a day. OxyContin appears to affect me just like aspirin. I seriously do not know what to do. In tears all the time, pain ebbs away for about
2-3 hours then back with a vengeance. hot, cold, hot, cold. Sleep 2 hrs a night. All of their concern over my QT interval is going to give me a heart attack. I have type 2 diabetes. My sugars are way out of control now. AM glucose level abnormally low for me 48-58 afternoon, ok, last night before bed, 288. No real change in diet either. Am I wrong to want to go back on methadone? Should I just keep suffering until it's over? I stopped methadone cold turkey and began the OxyContin. I keep telling myself just walk, pretend the pain isn't there.
Right. I am a single 50 yr old woman and homeowner. Most everyone here knows, that means bills. I can't miss work but now I'm worried I'm not viewed the same at work because of "personal/medical issues. Hard to cover up crying in a bathroom stall, then walk out and smile. I need help! I' m considering asking for fentanyl but don't know anything about
it. Does insurance pay enough?
I also feel my Dr. Wants me to get a neurostimulater implanted but I'm having issues with my insurance paying. My dr. Sends nurses in to speak to me now, he won't even come in. I'm at a total and complete loss. What did I do? What should I do? Sorry about
this being painfully long!!
I have made some paragraphs in your post to make it easier to read. Some of our members have tracking problems when reading. Thanks-Susie
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