I am so glad to have found a place to vent my frustration. I have had chronic low back pain for over 4 years now which has recently worsened in the last few months. The pain used to be tolerable and was confined to my low back. Recently it has spread to my tailbone, groin, and down both legs to my feet. The majority of the pain is in my low back and tailbone.
I have been on Vicodin off and on for the last 4 years and have been on it constantly since April. It helps but is not enough.
My doctor has referred me to a neurologist who put me on Medrol Dosepack, Lidoderm patches, and Elavil (for sleep). She also ordered an MRI (for Monday), a nerve conduction study (?), and physical therapy.
The patches have done nothing!!! They make my skin numb and do little else but irritate the hell out of me for their lack of effectiveness! The Elavil makes my head swim and I have no idea why she gave me Medrol.
I went back to see her today to let her know that the patches don't work and the Vicodin is no longer effective.
Guess what she said. She said "You have to be patient. What do you want from me. You should avoid narcotics. Didn't you hear what happened to Rush Limbaugh?"
I couldn't believe it. I came to this lady for help. I am tired of being in constant pain. It is effecting my ability to work and my relationships with my wife and kids.
She wasn't completely heartless though. She said she would give me a stronger narcotic but let me know (with a shake of her finger) that I would need to discontinue them ASAP.
I am currently on Vicodin 5mg 6 times a day. Guess what she gave me....
Vicodin 7.5 twice a day.
Now I'm not a math genius but how is 15mg a day more than 30mg a day?
She also gave me an rx for Cymbalta.
I took both rx's and walked out without comment. I plan on taking them to my PCP and asking for his help. Maybe he could put them in his shredder and write me something else. She made me feel like some addict asking for a hit. I just want some help with my chronic pain. I think the only good thing that will come of this is that I will finally get an MRI.
Sorry about the book but I am SOOOO frustrated!!!!