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New Member

Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 10/23/2007 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello. My name is Greg and I have a history of left leg radiculopathy
secondary to failed back syndrome. I had surgery, L5-S1 laminectomy, in the
Fall of 2000 and have had leg pain since. My medical history is well
documented and I would describe my pain as a burning and aching sensation
with lots of electrical shocks shooting down my leg. I am also plaugued by leg
cramps especially at night. I do have some lower back pain, but the leg pain is
my primary compaint.
After my surgery I started at rehabilitation clinics, physical therapists, and
physiatrists all to no avail. After seeking treatment and relief for the next four
months I finally was referred to a Pain Management Clinic by my primary
care physician. I started with an epidural back injection which turned out to
be unsuccessful. Eventually I was prescribed opiates to manage my pain. This
continued with good results until I was forced to move out of my home state
of Massachusetts. Here I am in October 2007 and now live in the state
Maine. I have been trying to find a qualified Pain Management Physician that
will not restrict my treatmet options to having ONLY epidural back
injections, of which I can count nine (9) unsucessful procedures to date from
six different doctors. At the present time I have been struggling to find a
Maine doctor that will treat me with the compassion that I believe I deserve.
Does anyone here have any information that might help my cause?

New Member

Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 10/23/2007 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry for the double post. Can an admin please delete it? I was unable to. TY.

Regular Member

Date Joined Dec 2005
Total Posts : 256
   Posted 10/23/2007 10:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I wish i had more helpful advice for you. Things are really rough here in Maine. I've been thinking that it's important to create a Maine-specific chronic pain/illness forum so that we can network on a local level.....
Conditions: Chronic Pelvic Pain, Severe Lesioning of the Spermatic Cord, Reiter Syndrome (Reactive Arthritis and Myalgias along with a slew of other symptoms), Sacroiliitis, Costochondritis, widespread Tendonitis, and on and on. Typical daily pain levels exceed 8.5.

Medications: Oxycodone, Dilaudid, Lidoderm (lidocaine) Patches, Flexeril, Soma, Testred (testosterone capsules); many herbs & supplements.

Previous medications: Opana ER (12 hour time releasd Oxymorphone, Endo Pharm.), Fentanyl patches (two 100mcg/hr patches worn simultaneously, changed every two days; Mylan generic solid polymer patches), Cymbalta, Lyrica, Neurontin, Amitryptyline, every NSAID known to man, Prednisone, and many more.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Sep 2005
Total Posts : 535
   Posted 10/24/2007 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there RGregson,

welcome to the forum. It is unfortunate that you had to find us though.

I understand completely how hard it is to find a decent a caring doctor here in Maine.

Maine is one of the states that has been hit hard with opiate addiction and a lot of health care providers are more than aware of this fact. Everyone is so afraid that if they do prescribe they will incur the wrath of the DEA as a result.

It's lousy that those who choose to abuse these medication make it harder on those of use who use them responsibly for pain management.

Anyways, I do not know what part of the state you have moved to but I maybe able to help you. I myself have been going to a pain clinic for 2 years now and they are wonderful. As a matter of fact they were referred to me by someone on this very board

Take care and I hope you have a pain free day

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 361
   Posted 10/25/2007 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   

Here one center that diagnose the cause of pain.I'm not aware of any other center.

-IBS-A,C with meteorism(trapped gas) and pubic burning-

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