Well, the magnesium maleate I've been on for about 30 years. Back when I was diagnosed with fibro, there was very little information and very few docs even believed it was a condition. I was SO fortunate to have gone to a pain clinic, yes they had them back then, where the pain doc recognized I had more than a "bad back" and referred me to a rheumatologist who diagnosed me with fibro. She had a journal in her office, FM News, I think that was the name of it that I read while waiting for her and I remarked how much I learned form it and she told me to take it home. I subscribed to it and that was my fibro lifeline. From that journal, which was written for patients and doctors, I learned so much about what may and may not work. That is where I learned of some of the supplements I take. My PCP, cardiologist, and rheumatolgist are aware of the supplements I take. They've not remarked about them at all. As far as the contract, yes, I am aware that I agreed to not get opioids from any other doctor while under his care but I honestly thought I was through seeing him. I had stopped taking the 15 mg of morphine he had prescribed. I refused to do injections, so I didn't see the point in seeing him any more, so I went back to my rheumy who has been writing my Rxs for Norco for many years. Then, the nerve pain revved up again down both my legs, and I went back to the ortho surgeon, who sent me to PT and recommended I go back to pain doc and get a nerve injection so I made an appt to see him, thinking I'll try one more injection and that is when, when he walked in, he gave me hell for getting the opioids from another doctor. I didn't even bother telling him why I did, that I didn't think I'd be back. As it turned out, he refused to give the nerve injection that day, even though I had scheduled the appt specifically for the nerve injection...his PA told me when I was waiting for him in the patient room that he doesn't give nerve injections on Wed, and I was there on a Wed. Then he came in and gave me hell and I just sat there and swallowed. I made another appt for the injection, left and a few days later, canceled it. I cannot see going back to this man. He has credentials up the you know what but as far as I'm concerned, he's an ***. I know they are concerned about their licenses and I realize there is an opioid epidemic but I've been going to the same practice for 20 years and all he need do is take time to read my chart to see I've never taken more than what has been prescribed for me. But, that's the problem, they don't take the time to really get to know the patient. They see you as a way to make money for the practice...keep selling those epidural injections. I wish more people were aware how serious the side effects can be including causing adhesions which can be the cause of your nerve pain in your spine. With all the nerve damage I have in so many areas of my lumbar spine, who knows if some of it isn't from the injections? I'm sorry I'm really ranting. I'm so frustrated. I know I'm not the first person to have lumbar spinal surgery and end up with more nerve pain now than before the surgery. I was so sure this was going to work and some of that confidence was because of what the surgeons told me, how confident they were it was going to be successful. I'm sure in time I will learn to accept it all. I've suffered from depression and anxiety for a very long time, like a lot of you with chronic pain. It makes it so much more difficult to try to handle more pain. Thanks for listening/reading...I very much appreciate it xoxoxox Miriam
Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, DDD L1/L2, L3/L4, L5/S1, sciatica, severe spinal stenosis L5/S1, severe facet joint pain syndrome, hypothyroidism.