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tumor causing psuedo-arthritis
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    Synic is offline New Member
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    Default tumor causing psuedo-arthritis

    For the past 4 years ive had a osteochondroma in my right leg, but the pain didnt start until 2 years ago. Im 19 now and my doctor is telling me to take tylenol. I told him that this does nothing to help relieve the pain but he refuses to prescribe me anything better for the pain. I am looking for help on how I can go about getting pain medication. I dont know what it is, I dont look my age, I look alot younger. (sorry going slightly offtopic) Ive worked with computers since I was 16 and have been paid pretty well. Trying to get a prescription for my pain was like going to the bank for the first time when I was 17 to open an account. They looked at me like the check I had was forged or that I was up to no good.

    The best way for me to rate my pain which I usually get any time I relax after walking around or the worst is at night when I lay down to go to bed. I have broken a couple bones before, and the first week is always the worst because of the throbbing pain and swelling. The pain feels similiar to that of my broken bones when I try to sleep. It keeps me awake for hours tossing and turning, moving my foot around in all different positions trying to get the throbbing to go away. which leads to many nights where I am up until 4-5am and end up passing out because im so exhausted. I told my doctor this that it keeps me up at night and causes me pain throughout the day, I cant sit down for more then 15 minutes without feeling pain. But he held to the take some tylenol (which does absolutely nothing by the way). I was told by a specialist that it should not be removed yet until I was older and my skeletal something stopped growing? not sure what it was called. I cant imagine going another 1-2 years with this pain.

    What does it take for a 19 year old to get pain relief? I am having a hard time finding a doctor to go to. My only experiences with pain medication has been with Codeine and Vicodin which were prescribed to me when I broke some bones. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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    Cats Meow is offline Diamond Member
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    Do you actually have a tumor in your leg from the osteochondroma? At 19 you are full grown, maybe ask for a second opinion, having a MRI or Cat scan - good documentation goes a long way to justify receiving pain medication, express to your physician your willingness/anxiousness to have this condition remedied asap. You have to tip toe around asking for pain meds so as not to seem drug seeking, even though you want it for legitimate pain, your age does work against you. Maybe you can have a parent go with you to your appointment and try to emphasize/advocate on your behalf the pain and sleep issue that you're experiencing. Nail down a time frame that this can be surgically removed, and you don't want to suffer in pain meanwhile and it's lowering your quality of life, you don't want to be on pain meds indefinitely, just pain free until they can do their thing. Pin your doctor down, ask why is he forcing you to suffer when he can alleviate your pain, try and invoke some compassion from him. Good luck.
    Cats

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    I am taking lyrica it is the only pain meds that I can move around
    and not hurt as much, I have rhumetoid arthritis and fibro.
    Maybe you should get a second opion. I have never heard of a doctor
    not doing something for the pain.



    Lisa

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    Synic is offline New Member
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    Thanks for the advice guys, yes I do have a tumor in the leg from it. I already have MRI/xrays in hand that show its pushing on a blood vessel. I will try bringing a parent and if that doesnt work I will just find another doctor.

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