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Back Pain - I am so frustrated and need to vent! I am a chronic back/arm pain patient for the last 4
Added 27 Mar 2013:
My Dr. had me on Norco for 3+ yrs. and since has had me switch to Tramadol. However I just received a message he is denying my refill and I am frustrated. I don't want to be on pain meds, however when my back hurts (mainly the thoracic area) its the only thing that helps and helps me sleep. I have a very active 4 year old and it really makes it hard. I am in physical therapy, and it seems like sometimes its helping, but I just don't know what else to do. Should I try to get my Dr. to refer me to a pain management clinic? I feel like many times the Dr.'s get so used to hearing people request pain meds, that they automatically question the validity of your pain :(
I would ask for a referral to pain management. Doctors are leary of prescribing pain medicine these days. Even if you have evidence to support being on pain medicine some will not do it. I know how hard it is on us because of people abusing medicine. If you get an mri or ct scan you might get the help you need. Hang in there and let us know how you make out. There are a lot of us help whenever you need to vent.
Always try to get 1 dr to understand your pain problem. This way 1 dr can continue to prescribe your medications. If you switch drs they are more likely to think you are dr shopping 2 get more meds.
sorry to hear about your difficulties obtaining necessary pain medications.
Madhup Joshi, MD
If you are experiencing that much pain on a daily basis, I strongly suggest that you ask your doctor to prescribe an MRI of your back with a referral to a pain specialist and an orthopedic surgeon and a neurologist/neurosurgeon so you can be professionally evaluated for the appropriate treatments and before I would agree to take narcotics every day, I would suggest that you discuss all available treatments with your pain specialist and an orthopedic specialist and a neurologist and or neurosurgeon. Only by seeking the medical opinions of the different specialists can you find out what all of the recommended strategies are and which ones if any might cure the source of the pain effectively eliminating the need for narcotic medications.
Personally I spent 5 years experimenting with evey type of physical therapy and trigger injections and chiropractic manipulations, accupuncture, accupressure, biofeedback, self hypnosis, hypnosis, meditation, massage, exercise, physical therapy, TENS Unit, ultrasound, to name a few of the many types of treatments I have tried. I ruled out surgery due to specific complications in my spine, the doctors determined that I am not a good surgical candidate. I suggest that you investigate all possible therapies that can possibly provide you with pain relief before accepting narcotic medication as a permanent part of your daily life. You need to discover what relieves your pain so you can enjoy your life and improve your quality of life for you and your family. Good Luck - Angela
Thanks everyone. My dr and physical therapist both didn't think an MRI was going to be valuable as the pain is in my thoracic area and a ruptured disc etc is generally a symptomatic in that area :(. I just don't understand why I am constantly in pain. It's so frustrating! I feel like its gotta be more than just simple muscle strain etc. thanks for listening.
I would ask your Dr.if he could refer you to a pain management Dr.. Explain it to your Dr. that hopefully a pain, mgmnt.dr. Might have a new approach & that hopefully they can relieve your pain without pain pills.
I also assume that the Dr. that haver you the first med.. Was a Primary Care or Family dr.
They are usually very cautious about giving narcotics & some refuse to. With the DEA coming down on the Drs. prescribing narcotics they do not want to deal with them. But Pain Management specialist are used to giving narcotics. Plus there are several different techniques they use at pain clinics besides narcotics.
Best of luck, Kathy
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