L4-5, L5-S1, according to a two year old MRI. I've been feeling kind of put off by the doc. He has only spent 3-4 minutes with me, and in the meantime I'm suffering... I demanded another appointment, since my MRI and follow up are almost a month away, but my question is this... how do you get a doctor to REALLY listen and acknowledge that you're suffering, just existing, no longer living, and need some help? I'm suffering spasms, can't get out of bed in the morning for at least twenty to thirty minutes, and basically, I'm ruled by the pain. He pretty much threw me a script for tizanidine, once daily for two weeks, and now I'm feeling like, just unimportant and I can't suffer another minute!! It's affecting me badly mentally. How do I get him to see this tomorrow?
I'm sorry for what you are going through but I know EXACTLY how you feel.
I went through it for 4 years.
You are NOT going to change him!
He will never acknowledge you or your pain!
Why are you (through your insurance benefits) paying for less than 5 min of unsatisfactory results ?
He's not even trying to help you.
If you stay with him, your pain will worsen because he is stressing you out.
You will get depressed.
You will question your own sanity because your needs are not being addressed.
Worst problem is yet to come...
The more you see him, the more negative charting he will be doing to your medical record.
A pain specialist is the be all for community doctors. They cannot treat chronic pain (outside of easier Meds like Lyrica) because of the new government guidelines.
They will take it for granted that what the "pain specialist" said is true !
I'm not trying to scare you. I'm trying to get you to follow your gut.
It's like being in a domestic violent relationship. You are a victim now who probably has trouble even expressing your pain symptoms without getting upset. Am I right?
He will write anxiety as part of top three diagnoses. You will carry that label with you for your other doctors to see. Instead of investigating future problems, like abdominal pain (which usually follows as a result of constant pain), you will get a script for Zantac. They won't do a work-up because you are now "anxious and depressed".
Surprise..surprise when you end up in the hospital with acute abdominal disease!
Do you see where I am going?
If it happened once, I'd say he had a bad day.
If it happens twice, assume he is a doctor who lacks compassion.
Google him and see what others are saying.
Can you go to a different pain doctor, neurologist or spine specialist?
Make sure you use Google when it comes to pain. Of course, the satisfied patient don't tend to comment. However, if you see many of unhappy "victims" you know something is wrong. I ignored my warnings thinking I can handle it by just being truthful. Was I ever wrong ! You would not believe how bad it got for me and I've been out of his care for 4 years! This was after sustaining a fractured leg because he decreased my Meds by 75% in one visit. This is outside of pain med guidelines.
He is still following me "unofficially" to cover up his mistakes.
Best of luck to you...
There are empathetic knowledgeable doctors out there. Don't settle for less!
Are you going to PM doc or neurosurgeon? Either way it sounds like time to find a new one!
Before you do, go on the web and look at patient reviews. Take the great ones with a grain of salt, but the bad ones should raise a red flag.
I found my current PM doc this way and she is great. My old pm doc was a lot like that. When I quit going there I warned everyone in the waiting room about him.
Well the doctor is going to order as many tests, x-rays or mri's to try and find what is the best long treatment program for you. Many reasons why you don't want to jump from pain doctor to pain doctor,#1 being they are working on and around your spine, not to be taken lightly. My husband goes to a pain doctor every 3 months due to two large bulged discs, has had injections and many a time missed his share of days at work. I suffer from a deteriorated disc, lumbar #2 and every morning I wake up I feel like I have a cynder block on my back. I would go see your regular medical doctor in between visits to PC and hopefully he can fill the void. That's what my husband has been doing.
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