So I went to my follow-up with the anethesiologist with a few goals in mind: stronger pain medication, stronger muscle relaxer, MRI appointment, and a referral to a neurosureon. And I came out with only a stronger muscle relaxer, the Lidoderm Patch, and another follow-up appointment with him.
I don't know what it is with whiplash and the way it makes you forget everything. I let him know that I feel my pain has to do with a bulging disc or something of the sort. He agreed it could be bone on bone contact or something of the sort. I mentioned MRI and he basically said no, since mind came back normal. I argued that I have read that often times they do. He was adament about having another x-ray (even though they don't show the nerves and I have nerve pain....does this even make sense?).
After he prescribed me the meds, he explained many other pain doctors would do a discography on me, but he doesn't do them on the neck and feels it is too soon for me too have one. (7 1/2 months of pain is too soon?) He explained what I knew, the loss of my cervical curve can cause the muscle spasms in my shoulders....
Basically if the patch and muscle relaxers don't work (note he gave me nothing for my severe headaches) to go back in two weeks and he will give me trigger point injections and refer me for an X-ray.
I am not happy about this. I have tried too many drugs and too many injections and nothing has given me the slightest bit of relief. I understand Pain Doctors are supposed to help you manage the pain, but I have not been able to manage the pain, it has only gotten worse. I am ready to do something more invasive, and if that means surgery so be it.
I have decide to have my chiro refer me for an MRI. He is the one who referred me back in April. I think it is time for another. That is what my gut is telling me. Why is it am I worse off now than I was in the beginning? Something is not right!