Consultation with pain doc soon

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 12/11/2007 12:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone!
I have not posted in a while and I read that at least a few have wondered where everyone has gone to so I thought I would start a new post.
I have finally got approval for a consultation visit with a pain doc.  It has taken a few weeks because I had to get a referral and approval from the insurance.  Then the pain docs wanted my md to fax over my info so they could decide whether or not they wanted me as a patient.  I felt like I was applying for Harvard or something.
Anyway, as soon as my phone tag game is over with the appointment scheduler I can find out exactly what my options are.  I don't know what I want to do.  All I know is that I want the pain gone.
Just a reminder of my condition; I have had back pain for 4 years which has worsened over the last 6 months.  I finally got an MRI which showed 2 ruptured discs (herniated discs with posterior tears) at S1-L5 & L5-L4, along with facet joint arthritis at 3 of the verterbral joints, and central canal stenosis at L5.
All of this provides me with severe pain in the lower back, tailbone, groin, and both legs.  I am currently on Norco, Elavil, Neurontin, and Mobic.  My doctor has also prescribed me Cymbalta, but I need authorization from my insurance first.
These meds seem to be working, but I depend on them greatly and the Norco only lasts about 2 hours.  I don't know what the pain doc will say.  I just hope he has some good ideas.

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 12/11/2007 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Mr. BadBack

I hope you don't mind me butting in - but I am going to warn you of something. A pain management doctor will more than likely not be able to keep your pain at zero. That is not their job. The job of a pain doctor is to get your pain to a level that you can tolerate. I have very similar problems to yours having a ruptured and fused L4-L5-S1, with pain down both legs, degenerative disc disease, along with post surgery scar tissue causing their own world of trouble on the nerves running down my legs.

Just keep in mind that their job is to help you manage your pain - not get rid of it. Going in if you think that you are just going to get a magic pill regime and everything will feel great - you are going to be greatly disappointed.

I do wish you the best of luck though - and I hope they can get your pain down as low as possible.
"When we come to the edge of the light we know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, of one thing we can be sure; either God will provide something solid to stand on... or we will be taught to fly.'"

"Cause when push comes to shove You taste what you're made of, You might bend, till you break Cause its all you can take; On your knees you look up Decide you've had enough, You get mad you get strong Wipe your hands shake it off, Then you Stand" From "Stand" by Rascal Flatts
Dx.: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Ulcerlative Colitis, Chronic Inflammation of the Colon, Ruptured & Fused L4-L5-S1 w/pinched nerves, Degenerative Disc Disease, Chronic Costochondritis, Back Muscle Spasms, Asthma, Benign Tremmors (hands)

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   Posted 12/11/2007 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   
HI, TDoem is right there is nothing out there that will take the pain a 100%away, but at least with a pain doctor you can get your pain under enough control to where you can have some sort of life. Good luck and by ole means let us know how it goes.

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