I have DDD( disk degenertive disease) and some pinched nerves in my lower back. Some days arent too bad. Still painful but manageable. Other days i cant get out of bed. Just lay there hurting. My neurologist has went against surgery( surgically released me). Ive began seeing a pain management doctor. He has me schedualed for physical therapy. And on lortab 7.6 4x a day and Neurontin 300mg 3x a day. Ive not noticed any change in pain. If anything its getting worse. Im seeing him in two days and dont know the best way to tell him im gonna need something stronger. Any advice will be appreciated.
Hi. Thought you should know that my sister is going through the same thing. The pain clinic has helped her tremendously. PT is very important in her treatment. It provides strength along the spine so muscles help support. I know it is very painful. She has tried many meds to stop the pain. It is ongoing to find what is working. However the pain clinic has given her real relief through meditation, strength building and strategies.
Let the doctor know everything about your pain and the level of pain in a log. Patterns of pain help your doc decide when and what you can take. does weather make a difference? Early in the day? Night? Whatever your patterns are. Just saying it is painful,will not be enough.
Hang in there. This takes work, but you can find improvement. Oh, she also changed her doctor. And that did make a difference. The other, though good, did not listen enough to her. I hope you find relief soon.
Take a log of your pain levels, time of day, what your activities are. A pattern will help the doc decide how to treat your pain.
As for telling the doc, simply tell the doc. You gotta be your own advocate. So tell it like it is. No one can know your pain. But docs are responsive to someone who can tell it as it is.
Stick with the pain clinic. Results take time. My sister is being helped by them and has reduced her pain a lot over the past six weeks.
Then stay in touch. Wishing you future relief and wellness.
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